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In the writing of a research report, a writing method in which each section of the text is revised and reworked in stages can be applied. / Writing a research report may involve revising and reworking each section of the text in stages.  This approach is called process writing.

It is typical of this method that writing does not progress systematically from start to finish; instead, some sections may be finished while others remain a work in progress or have not even been started.

The recommended length for the finished work is 80–100 pages.

Turnitin plagiarism check

The entire process of the master’s thesis work must be carried out according to responsible conduct of research. LUT uses a plagiarism analysis program (Turnitin), which is used to support responsible conduct of research . All theses completed at LUT must be checked with Turnitin. Instructions on the use of Turnitin are available on the master’s thesis course’s Moodle page CS90A0060 Master’s thesis.

Benefits of process writing

  • The final format of the research report is outlined early on.
  • The text is revised several times, allowing it to be edited and improved continuously.
  • The student has a version of the research report that is as advanced as possible throughout the thesis project; this is helpful when other people are asked to comment on the work.
  • When things are documented when they still fresh in the mind, they are easier to remember than later on.
  • It takes time and effort, but the text will be more polished.
  • The structure and content of the thesis are easier to understand, edit and change.


Template for LUT’s theses in Finnish and English (download the latest version here)

Master's Thesis General Guidelines (see the latest version here)

Use of sources and reference management (RefWorks)