My question concerns the placement of secondary research questions (SRQ) within a Master Thesis for a Software Engineering program.
Currently I describe my primary research question in a chapter on the Methodology of my Thesis. In the same chapter I describe 6 SRQs as auxiliary questions.
In the next chapter I describe my Experimental Design, and I answer 4 of the SRQs as they relate to the design and how it can properly test my hypothesis.
However, my supervisor suggested I cut the amount of SRQs to < 5 and that I answer the SRQs in my Introduction. I find that to be an odd place for SRQs since I would have to describe and answer them in the first chapter of my Thesis.
To be fair, the first 4 questions concern the Software framework to use, which dependent variables should be measured, which independent variables should be manipulated and how to guarantee reproducibility of the experiments (this is a big issue in Software Engineering and particularly for my subject). So I understand his issue with the questions. However, I feel that answering them in the chapter concerning my Experimental Design is actually quite fair and avoids a cluttered introduction.
Here is my current structure:
- Introduction <- Supervisor suggests describing and answering 4 SRQs here, or to remove them
- Related Work
- Methodology <- Currently describing PRQ and SRQs here
- Experimental Design <- Answering 4 SRQs here
- Conclusion <- Answering PRQ and 2 SRQs here
I tried finding some literature on SRQs but I couldn't find anything on their placement, only what type of question they should be.
Any suggestions are appreciated.