While studying at TAFE Queensland, you will be required to find, evaluate and use information to complete your essays and research assignments.
The common aspect of a research paper, a term paper and a thesis is that they are all academic documents.
In most universities the supervisor has the obligation to meet with the student on regular basis and discuss the progress of the thesis writing, including the task of reading the draft of the thesis and make suggestions for changes and improvements where necessary.
In some institutions there has been a move towards supervisory teams which consist of your supervisor plus combinations of co-supervisors, mentors and independent academics with or without knowledge of your research area.
In some universities the rules can be stricter, foreseeing very specific style and format requirements.
There are however certain components that are always prerequisite in thesis presentation style, such as table of contents or abstract.
It is usually longer than research paper and thus completed in a number of years.
A thesis, also called dissertation, is usually associated with postgraduate studies, i.e. Phil level and is carried out under a supervision of a professor or an academic of the university.
In short academic requirements for a thesis, especially the demand of originality, are much higher than for a research paper.
Each university sets its own rules and regulations for presentation style and the length of a thesis depending on the research area.