The "guide" can be used as a "how-to" for using the OUTHESIS class file. For more advanced LaTeX users, a direct look at the template file might be sufficient and save time. Please note that this is NOT supposed to be an introductory to LaTeX, but rather a hands-on manual on how to put your LaTeX thesis into the correct format and how to create approval pages etc.
One should download all files individually or simply unpack the tarball. The template is in template.tex, the main class file is outhesis.cls. Please note that you also need the style files .sty in order for the class file to work properly. The .bst files are only required if you want to take advantage of BibTeX as well.
If you have trouble using the thesis template, you can do the following:
I just wanted to add that even though I wrote the LaTeX template, I am NOT affiliated with ETD at Ohio University. Therefore, I do not guarantee that I will be able to help you in a timely manner. I promise to do my best, though...