Let us bring for you here a checklist of all the necessary components of the introduction section of a thesis.
- The motivation for the reader: in the introduction section itself you got to highlight the factors that would motivate the readers to go through the entire document. You would have already the set the base for this in the abstract by giving a glimpse of your results but in what way would it be useful for the academia or the field of study is a great motivator for the reader. Remember to keep it grounded and not blown out of proportion.
- Your work strategy and outcome: this is not to be done as a repetition of the abstract. You must incorporate here your inspiration for choosing the particular topic of study by referencing previous work. It will bring into limelight the key idea that led you do take up this study that came into nobody else’s notice and how that adds a USP to your study. The more novelty and uniqueness you present for your paper, the better it is.
- Outline of the organisation or the industry: It is important that your give a brief of the industry or an outline of the organisation if you have any specific in your study. Make sure you do it in a very logical manner where very smoothly there is a transition from one section to another.
- Prerequisites: You need to give clarity in the introduction stage about all technical notifications that you would be using in the thesis. It should specifically and clearly become the reference point for the reader where by anywhere in the document if he gets stuck with any terminology or technicality, he can come to one stop to get it sorted.
In the introduction section, the reader doesn’t become judgemental about your work as he knows that till this stage he hasn’t received any exposure to your contribution in the field but this stage should be utilised by the researcher/writer to establish a clear and fundamental base for the reader to be able to grasp all the research findings and analysis he got to be reading in the subsequent chapters. Try to clear all ambiguities in this section that you anticipate may arise for the reader at the later stages. Thus, it is a good idea to come back to the introduction section one more time in the end after completing all you’re writing to include whatever is needed for better clarity.