Suppose the outline of my PhD thesis looks like this:
- Part I: some topic
- Chapter 1: ...
- Chapter 2: ...
- Part II: another topic
- Chapter 3: ...
- Chapter 4: ...
- Recommendations and outlook
From the table of contents it is immediately clear that the Conclusion chapter is on the same level as the parts, and it is therefore a conclusion about the entire work.
In the actual body of the thesis, parts are indicated by a full page with "Part I: topic" on it, a relevant picture and probably a bombastic quote of some kind.
My question is: how do I visually separate the conclusion from Part II, such that when reading the entire book it is clear to the reader that "ah, this is the end of Part II and now we get something else entirely"?
Is there a standard way to do this? Any ideas?