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  • Planning a Dissertation

    Dr Matthew Copping

  • • How does a dissertation differ

    from an essay?

    Dissertations

    More detail

    Longer

    Independence

    More depth

    Presentation (graphics?)

    More ‘angles’

    Originality

    Review of literature Format

    More literature

  • Content: • Topic is your choice

    • More – depth & detail

    – ‘angles’ covered

    – literature used

    – critical/summative

    evaluation of the

    literature

    – independent, ‘original’

    research

    Physical artefact: • Formatting (font type &

    size, line spacing)

    • Formal presentation

    (division of contents into

    chapters/sections)

    • Academic writing styles

    • Binding format

    • Use of graphics

    Dissertation (1)

  • • Close relationship to taught elements

    • Wider scope than coursework assignments

    • Original research element

    • More thorough use of the literature

    • Must use appropriate research methods

    • Presents clear question(s) that the dissertation

    seeks to answer

    Dissertation (2)

  • Realistic

    RelevantInteresting

    Achievable

    Practical Affordable

    Accessible Ambitious enough

    Too ambitious?

    Up-to-date

    Is your research project..?

    Valuable

    Practicable

  • • Seek advice

    Planning

  • • Seek advice

    • Be organised

    Planning

  • • Seek advice

    • Be organised

    • Understand what is required

    Planning

  • • Seek advice

    • Be organised

    • Understand what is required

    • Recognise how long it will take

    Planning

  • Dissertation proposal

    a) Outline of topic

    b) Preliminary literature search

    c) Research methodology to be used

    d) Dissertation outline

    e) Project schedule

  • Choose research area

    Preliminary research (scoping)

    Decide research topic

    Finalise methodology

    Conduct research (fieldwork)

    Writing up

    Submit finished dissertation

    Analysis/data processing

    Submit/present proposal

    Research Project

    Decide methodology

  • Research Project (Gantt Chart)

    Choose research area

    Preliminary research

    Decide research topic

    Decide methodology

    Submit/present proposal

    Finalise methodology

    Conduct research

    Analyse data

    Write up

    Submit assignment

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  • • Title

    • Acknowledgements

    • Table of contents

    • Main body

    • Bibliography

    • Appendices

    Dissertation structure

  • • Title

    • Acknowledgements

    • Table of contents

    • Main body

    • Bibliography

    • Appendices

    • Introduction

    • Literature

    review

    • ‘n’ Chapters

    • Conclusion

    Dissertation structure

  • 4. Government Controlled Banks

    4.1 State Bank of India

    4.2 Punjab National Bank

    5. Private Sector Banks

    5.1 ICICI Bank

    5.2 HDFC Bank

    6. Foreign Banks

    6.1 Citibank

    6.2 Standard Chartered

    7. Banking in India – A Summary

    7.1 Threats

    7.2 Opportunities

  • 1. Introduction (incl. lit review)

    2. The private mad-business and patronage by the Honourable East India Company

    3. Asylums in India

    4. A passage from India

    i. Pembroke House Lunatic Asylum

    ii. The Royal India Lunatic Asylum

    5. The patients: “Indian insanes”

    6. The treatment: “humane and enlightened”

    7. Conclusion

  • • Title

    • Acknowledgements

    • Table of contents

    • Main body

    • Bibliography

    • Appendices

    • Introduction

    • Background info.

    • Literature review

    • Methodology

    • Findings/results

    • Analysis

    • Discussion/analysis

    • Conclusions

    • Recommendations

    Dissertation structure

  • 4. Analysis

    4.1 Integrated system

    4.1.1 Costs

    4.1.2 Benefits

    4.2 Separate system

    4.2.1 Costs

    4.2.2 Benefits

    5. Discussion

    5.1 Integrated or separate system

    5.2 Other alternatives

  • Abstract

    1. Introduction (incl. lit. review)

    2. Method

    2.1 Subjects

    2.2 Measures and materials

    2.3 Manipulations

    2.4 Data recording and coding

    2.5 Procedure

    3. Results

    3.1 General results

    3.2 Specific results

    4. Discussion

  • Problem solving • Precise problem

    • Defined

    • Directional

    • Focused

    • Secure

    Challenge:

    To identify the problem

    Progressive focusing • Exploratory

    • Emergent

    • Negotiable

    • Unbounded

    • Free

    Challenge:

    To create & impose meaning

    Research patterns

  • Research topicRevised research topic

  • Writing tips • Start somewhere easy

    • Write it now, edit it later

    • Don’t limit yourself to a keyboard

    • Set word targets, but don’t fixate on them

    • Write-up research as you go along

    • Have a system of version control

    • Use templates

    • Allow time for printing & binding

  • Conclusion

    • Any other questions you have

    about dissertations?

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