Before I started diving into my work I thought I would first look into what is involved in a dissertation. I will point out now that if you are reading this then please go ahead and use the information although every course has different styles and my art course will be different from say law.
So I took out some books from the library:
- Writing your dissertation by Derek Swetnam
- Write great essay and dissertations by Hazel Hutchison
- Reflecting Writing by Kate Williams
- and I accidentally loaned Dissertation Research and Writing for constructive students by S. G Naoum.
Here are a few pointers I got from reading these books:
- When analysing figures you could maybe put it in a table as it looks professional
- If you lose the central thread you can edit the text and introduce where appropriate a short ‘reminder’ paragraph where the research is referred to directly
- Academic style of writing for reviewing tables:
- From table 2 it may be seen that the highest levels occurred in…
- The low response rates in column 4 were probably caused by …
- These figures should be treated with caution as…
I have used these example as I struggle with making things sound clever and academic. I personally need to look at examples as I struggle to make a sentence straight to the point without wasting words by waffling.
When writing the introduction these are a few points that I thought were useful:
- Could start with a vivd question
- Start with a quotation
- Clarify your thoughts
- Show what prompted the research – search for new research?
A few pointers for a literature review:
- This shows that you have read widely and acknowledged other views
- It makes a definitive statement about an aspect of your study
- Deals with the theory that underpins your work
- What ave others said, written or researched about my topic
A few pointers for a conclusion and recommendations:
- The results must not be repeated but summarised and related to the research question
- Has the question been answered, confirmed or nullified?
- If it has gone wrong how is this explained?
- Remind the reader what was undertaken briefly and what emerged from this as all as suggesting further research.
Appendices could include:
- Interview schedules
- Transcripts of interviews
- Documents written by others
- Long statistical analysis
- Official forms
- Every appendices must be referred to within the essay for example;
Records for 1996 were also examined and a summary of those figures is found in Appendix A or the original pilot questionnaire (see appendix C) was rejected because….
Here are some of the academic styles that I thought were useful:
The research showed that…
The author found…
It was discovered that…
It was soon realised that my sample…
It was decided to increase…
…to ensure that there would be…
Doubts remained about the…
…it is intended to investigate this aspect further.
Common punctuation faults are the colon : which is used to introduce a list of objects or to join two clause of equal importance.
The semicolon ; to separate long and complicated items n a list.
Key words that I thought could apply to my work:
Correlation Research – expiring the possible relationships between variables
Data – All the information and facts collected from your samples
Descriptive Research – Describing what exists in your sample in a structured way without analysing variables
Independent Variable – The variable controlled by the researcher to investigate its effects on others
Instrument – Any tool such as a questionnaire to obtain data
Interpretative – subject of explaining and interpreting data
Nominal Scale – scales designed to label or categorise groups and their qualities
Validity – How far you are actually measuring the variable that you say you are meaning
Bibliography and images:
Hutchison, H., 2010, Write Great Essays and Dissertations, London: Hodder Education
Naoum, S, G., 2007, Dissertation Research and Writing for Constructive students, 2nd ed, Oxford: Elsevier Ltd.
Swetnam, D., 2000, Writing your dissertation, 3rd ed. Oxford: How to Books.
Williams, K, et al., 2012, Reflecting Writing, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.