How to write chapter 1 of a Thesis: Basic Guide

How to writer chapter 1 of the thesis? This is the mainly question on every researcher. In every thesis writing, some of the people say that the first part will be the most difficult part. Because here you must think of a topic that you can proposed and in this chapter you must conceptualize your whole thesis or your whole research. The whole research will be reflected by the first chapter. Some of the school have different format than other school so please use this guide for your references. Be sure to check out the Attributes of a Good Thesis before you start and check out the basic parts of the thesis also.

This can also serve as your guide for your case study, research paper, and term paper. This will help you to understand the chapter 1 of your school paper works.

Chapter 1: Introduction also includes the following:

  • Introduction

This must include introduction of your study. You must tackle the field of your study.  Your introduction must be consisting of 1-2 pages only.

  • Background of the Study

This must include some of the past study that is currently connected to your topic or study. You can include some of the history but it must be 2-3 lines only.

  • Rationale

This section must describe the problem situation considering different forces such as global, national and local forces.  Stating some the existence of the problem included in your topic.

  • Objectives of the study

The objective of your study it will mainly focus on the question “Why do you proposed that study?” or the result that you want to achieve in that study. There are two kinds of the objectives of the study the general objectives which is the general objective of your study why do you propose them. And the specific study which will tackle the small objective in your study.

  • Hypothesis (only Optional)

It must express some of the relations between different variables according to your study.  The hypothesis must be desirable and measureable.

Statement of the problem

The problem must reflect to your title or the readers must know your problem by just simply reading your topic. The problem must not answerable by yes or no and must be arranged in the flow of your documentation or study.

  • Scope and Delimitation

The scope is the mainly cover of your study and the Delimitation is the limitation of your study or topic.

  • Importance of the study or Significance of the study

This section will state the contribution of your study and the usefulness of your study in the society.

  • Definition of terms

The definition of terms must be arranged in alphabetically. It must be also stated if you used your definition of terms in technically or operationally.

Operational Definition of terms – The meaning will be based on your study. How do you use that word in your study?

Technical Definition of terms– The meaning will be based on the dictionary.

Now you know the basic parts and the basic guide how to write a chapter 1 of a thesis. Start your thesis or  your research paper now! Goodluck.

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MISS MAugust 18th, 2011 at 9:00 am


XenPHAugust 28th, 2011 at 11:58 am

Thank you for your concern, but I doubled check on it and it seems fine.. Could you elaborate more?

TakukuJanuary 6th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

hi, can you give another sample for thesis chapter 1?

XenPHJanuary 9th, 2012 at 11:30 am

Hello, please use the site navigation.. There are alot of samples here..


KyleJanuary 10th, 2012 at 5:54 pm


XenPHJanuary 13th, 2012 at 3:34 am

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rodJanuary 13th, 2012 at 4:20 am

…hi can u plz gve me example of technical background

mylaJanuary 13th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

thanks a lot it really helps me in my thesis!

XenPHJanuary 16th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

No problem. I would love to receive your thesis to become sample in this site too.. :)

XenPHJanuary 16th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Background of what? Please specify it so I can help you..

winaJanuary 19th, 2012 at 11:30 am

with the background of the study in chapter I. what if there’s no one yet who studied about our topic?

XenPHJanuary 21st, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Thats impossible. What is your topic and your course?

shyJanuary 31st, 2012 at 4:05 pm

can u help us with our reseach paper coz we’re kinda new at this :)

XenPHJanuary 31st, 2012 at 9:37 pm

What is your topic and course please? Thanks!

shyFebruary 1st, 2012 at 10:26 am

“effects of graduating students’ negative behavior towards their teacher” is our topic.
we’re still high school students

litxFebruary 1st, 2012 at 10:39 am

‘hello there can u help us with our research…

XenPHFebruary 2nd, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Please specify what help do you need? Do you need formats? Samples? or Guides?


shyFebruary 7th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

samples & guides. please :)

shiraFebruary 7th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

is introduction optinal too?
bcoz in our lesson ders no introduction in the parts of thesis.

pukiFebruary 8th, 2012 at 10:25 am

is introduction optional?

bambiFebruary 17th, 2012 at 12:22 am

hello .. hope u can help me.. im trying to work about the scope .. our topic is “organizational commitment of hoteliers in selected hotels”.. hoping..

philFebruary 22nd, 2012 at 7:21 pm

smritiFebruary 25th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

can you please help me on my topic, my topic is “Cervical cancer in women in San Carlos city pangasinan, basis for an information guide”

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zayMarch 7th, 2012 at 2:06 am

can you help me with my thesis my system is online selling system. I need a Scope and Limitation please help me thanks

XenPHMarch 14th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Hello, there are many samples here. Just browse in this site.. Thanks!

XenPHMarch 14th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Are you sure that there are no introduction on your thesis?

Just please follow your thesis advisers. :)

XenPHMarch 14th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

It will depend on the school, but almost all of the schools have this part of the thesis.

XenPHMarch 14th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

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XenPHMarch 14th, 2012 at 2:51 pm


Please be more specific so that I can help you.. :)

XenPHMarch 14th, 2012 at 2:52 pm


What help do you need? Are you a nursing student?

XenPHMarch 14th, 2012 at 2:53 pm


Sorry for the late reply, Do you have any company for your thesis?

PhilomenaJune 15th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Please help me i am doing my thesis in factors responsible for low antenatal fourth visits.

sephirothJune 21st, 2012 at 10:19 pm

may you please explain further how to write the scope and deliminations?

XenPHJuly 4th, 2012 at 11:05 am

What help do you need? Please be more specific.


XenPHJuly 4th, 2012 at 11:09 am

Scope is the main cover of your study, delimitation is the range or the boundaries of your study.

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tintinSeptember 10th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

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pachingSeptember 24th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Hello. Can you help me do my thesis? My thesis is about tv ratings :)

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Can you teach me how to create a related literature? :)

kesniSeptember 30th, 2012 at 11:08 am

can you give me a sample of thesis title and abstract

adedoyinOctober 9th, 2012 at 5:51 am

pls i nd help in writin ma objectives of d writn on language and style in wale okediran’s tenants of d house.tnx

aliceOctober 11th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

hi, may you elaborate more, whats the difference between rationale and statement of the problem? i’m just confused.thanks

aliceOctober 11th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

background of the study and review of related literature, whats the difference?

Tere CuradaOctober 22nd, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Does the rationale state why I chose the study?

zilchOctober 30th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Please give me the background study of this title: English as an Important Language in our Life.
i really need this.. tnx

val carloNovember 16th, 2012 at 10:07 am

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hamdyJanuary 4th, 2013 at 10:44 pm

is it limitation of the study or limitation to the study

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