Printing and Soft-Binding
Your thesis needs to be temporarily bound in a soft binding bound before submitting it for examination - Examination and Assessment Regulations 2014 , s.14.2(a). This is so that you can make any required corrections before final deposit.
There are several options for printing and soft-binding your thesis:
For PhD theses, you must provide 4 copies for marking; for other theses, you must provide 3. You must also complete one hand-signed, looseleaf copy of the Thesis Declaration Form to accompany your soft-bound theses.
Submit the Thesis Declaration Form and thesis copies for examination, to the Graduate Research School (Doctoral students), or your Department (Masters students).
You can claim a cost waiver or refund for printing and binding the two thesis copies for degree conferral and final submission, provided that you submit your thesis within a specified time – see Examination and Assessment Regulations 2014, s.14.2(c).
firstname.lastname@example.org - contact the PhD Office or your department (Masters students).
The Library recommends that you use good quality A4 paper (80-120 gms) with grain running from head to tail, not across the page, for:
Library Bindery - offers binding services to Otago students completing theses/dissertations, at competitive prices, with a maximum 10 day turnaround.
Two permanently bound printed copies of your final thesis are required for deposit, once your thesis has been marked and passed and you have made any required corrections - Examination and Assessment Regulations 2014, s.14.2(b)
An Otago thesis must be bound in woven cloth (over sewn, rounded and backed) by a bindery. Ensure your pages are in the correct order.
Author Declaration Form - insert this before the title page in your bound thesis.
Binding details - decide on spine title, lettering, and colour, then use the:
OUR Archive - deposit an electronic copy of your research thesis. Officially recognised research theses will be accepted for deposit.
This must be an exact replica of the corrected bound thesis that was accepted for your degree. A .pdf version is preferred to a .docx version. You should also include:
Be aware of potential publication contract restrictions with making your thesis fulltext openly accessible in OUR Archive. Deposit in a non-commercial repository such as OUR Archive is usually permitted. Level of access can be altered retrospectively to abstract only. Consider this advice on publishing offers.
Oral examination - taken by some PhD thesis students after submitting their thesis. In some departments this thesis defence is customary, in others it may be voluntary. An examiner, or student, can request this oral examination, also known as a viva. The examination takes place after receiving the examiners' thesis reports. Check with your supervisor.
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