Dissertation StructureUndergrad/Masters Dissertation Outline The Quantitative Dissertations part of Lærd Dissertation helps guide you through the process of doing a quantitative dissertation. When we use the word quantitative to describe quantitative dissertations, we do not simply mean that the dissertation will draw on quantitative research methods or statistical analysis techniques. Quantitative research takes a particular approach to theory, answering research questions and/or hypotheses, setting up a research strategy, making conclusions from results, and so forth. It is also a type of dissertation that is commonly used by undergraduates, master's and doctoral students across degrees, whether traditional science-based subjects, or in the social sciences, psychology, education and business studies, amongst others. This introduction to the Quantitative Dissertations part of Lærd Dissertation has two goals: (a) to provide you with a sense of the broad characteristics of quantitative research, if you do not know about these characteristics already; and (b) to introduce you to the three main types (routes) of quantitative dissertation that we help you with in Lærd Dissertation: replication-based dissertations; data-driven dissertations; and theory-driven dissertations. When you have chosen which route you want to follow, we send you off to the relevant parts of Lærd Dissertation where you can find out more. If you have already read our article that briefly compares qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods dissertations [here], you may want to skip this section now. If not, we can say that quantitative dissertations have a number of core characteristics: If you choose to take on a quantitative dissertation, you will learn more about these characteristics, not only in the Fundamentals section of Lærd Dissertation, but throughout the articles we have written to help guide you through the choices you need to make when doing a quantitative dissertation. For now, we recommend that you read the next section, Types of quantitative dissertation, which will help you choose the type of dissertation you may want to follow. When taking on a quantitative dissertation, there are many different routes that you can follow. We focus on three major routes that cover a good proportion of the types of quantitative dissertation that are carried out. We call them Route #1: Replication-based dissertations, Route #2: Data-driven dissertations and Route #3: Theory-driven dissertations. Each of these three routes reflects a very different type of quantitative dissertation that you can take on. In the sections that follow, we describe the main characteristics of these three routes. Rather than being exhaustive, the main goal is to highlight what these types of quantitative research are and what they involve. Whilst you read through each section, try and think about your own dissertation, and whether you think that one of these types of dissertation might be right for you. Most quantitative dissertations at the undergraduate, master's or doctoral level involve some form of replication, whether they are duplicating existing research, making generalisations from it, or extending the research in some way. In most cases, replication is associated with duplication. In other words, you take a piece of published research and repeat it, typically in an identical way to see if the results that you obtain are the same as the original authors. In some cases, you don't even redo the previous study, but simply request the original data that was collected, and reanalyse it to check that the original authors were accurate in their analysis techniques. However, duplication is a very narrow view of replication, and is partly what has led some journal editors to shy away from accepting replication studies into their journals. The reality is that most research, whether completed by academics or dissertation students at the undergraduate, master's or doctoral level involves either generalisation or extension. This may simply be replicating a piece of research to determine whether the findings are generalizable within a different population or setting/context, or across treatment conditions; terms we explain in more detail later in our main article on replication-based dissertations [here]. Alternately, replication can involve extending existing research to take into account new research designs, methods and measurement procedures, and analysis techniques. As a result, we call these different types of replication study: Route A: Duplication, Route B: Generalisation and Route C: Extension. We simply give them these names because (a) they reflect three different routes that you can follow when doing a replication-based dissertation (i.e., Route A: Duplication, Route B: Generalisation and Route C: Extension), and (b) the things you need to think about when doing your dissertation differ somewhat depending on which of these routes you choose to follow. At this point, the Lærd Dissertation site focuses on helping guide you through Route #1: Replication-based dissertations. When taking on a Route #1: Replication-based dissertation, we guide you through these three possible routes: Route A: Duplication; Route B: Generalisation; and Route C: Extension. Each of these routes has different goals, requires different steps to be taken, and will be written up in its own way. To learn whether a Route #1: Replication-based dissertation is right for you, and if so, which of these routes you want to follow, start with our introductory guide: Route #1: Getting started. Sometimes the goal of quantitative research is not to build on or test theory, but to uncover the antecedents (i.e., the drivers or causes) of what are known as stylized facts (also known referred to as empirical regularities or empirical patterns). Whilst you may not have heard the term before, a stylized fact is simply a fact that is surprising, undocumented, forms a pattern rather than being one-off, and has an important outcome variable, amongst other characteristics. A classic stylized fact was the discovery of the many maladies (i.e., diseases or aliments) that resulted from smoking (e.g., cancers, cardiovascular diseases, etc.). Such a discovery, made during the 1930s, was surprising when you consider that smoking was being promoted by some doctors as having positive health benefits, as well as the fact that smoking was viewed as being stylish at the time (Hambrick, 2007). The challenge of discovering a potential stylized fact, as well as collecting suitable data to test that such a stylized fact exists, makes data-driven dissertations a worthy type of quantitative dissertation to pursue. Sometimes, the focus of data-driven dissertations is entirely on discovering whether the stylized fact exists (e.g., Do domestic firms receive smaller fines for wrongdoings compared with foreign firms? ), and if so, uncovering the antecedents of the stylized fact (e.g., if it was found that domestic firms did receive smaller fines compared with foreign firms for wrongdoings, what was the relationship between the fines received and other factors you measured; e.g., factors such as industry type, firm size, financial performance, etc.? These data-driven dissertations tend to be empirically-focused, and are often in fields where there is little theory to help ground or justify the research, but also where uncovering the stylized fact and its antecedents makes a significant contribution all by itself. On other occasions, the focus starts with discovering the stylized fact, as well as uncovering its antecedents (e.g., the reasons why the most popular brand of a soft drink is consistently ranked the worst in terms of flavour in a blind taste test). However, the goal is to go one step further and theoretically justify your findings. This can often be achieved when the field you are interested in is more theoretically developed (e.g., theories of decision-making, consumer behaviour, brand exposure, and so on, which may help to explain why the most popular brand of a soft drink is consistently ranked the worst in terms of flavour in a blind taste test). We call these different types of data-driven dissertation: Route A: Empirically-focused and Route B: Theoretically-justified. In the part of Lærd Dissertation that deals exclusively with Route #2: Data-driven dissertations, which we will be launching shortly, we introduce you to these two routes (i.e., Route A: Empirically-focused and Route B: Theoretically-justified), before helping you choose between them. Once you have selected the route you plan to follow, we use extensive, step-by-step guides to help you carry out, and subsequently write up your chosen route. If you would like to be notified when this part of Lærd Dissertation becomes available, please leave feedback. We have all come across theories during our studies. Well-known theories include social capital theory (Social Sciences), motivation theory (Psychology), agency theory (Business Studies), evolutionary theory (Biology), quantum theory (Physics), adaptation theory (Sports Science), and so forth. Irrespective of what we call these theories, and from which subjects they come, all dissertations involves theory to some extent. However, what makes theory-driven dissertations different from other types of quantitative dissertation (i.e., Route #1: Replication-based dissertations and Route #2: Data-driven dissertations) is that they place most importance on the theoretical contribution that you make. By theoretical contribution, we mean that theory-driven dissertations aim to add to the literature through their originality and focus on testing, combining or building theory. We emphasize the words testing, combining and building because these reflect three routes that you can adopt when carrying out a theory-driven dissertation: Route A: Testing, Route B: Combining or Route C: Building. In reality, it doesn't matter what we call these three different routes. They are just there to help guide you through the dissertation process. The important point is that we can do different things with theory, which is reflected in the different routes that you can follow. Sometimes we test theories (i.e., Route A: Testing). For example, a researcher may have proposed a new theory in a journal article, but not yet tested it in the field by collecting and analysing data to see if the theory makes sense. Sometimes we want to combine two or more well-established theories (i.e., Route B: Combining). This can provide a new insight into a problem or issue that we think it is important, but remains unexplained by existing theory. In such cases, the use of well-established theories helps when testing these theoretical combinations. On other occasions, we want to go a step further and build new theory from the ground up (i.e., Route C: Building). Whilst there are many similarities between Route B: Combining and Route C: Building, the building of new theory goes further because even if the theories you are building on are well-established, you are likely to have to create new constructs and measurement procedures in order to test these theories. In the part of Lærd Dissertation that deals exclusively with Route #3: Theory-driven dissertations, which we will be launching shortly, we introduce you to these three routes (i.e., Route A: Testing, Route B: Combining and Route C: Building), before helping you choose between them. Once you have selected the route you plan to follow, we use extensive, step-by-step guides to help you carry out, and subsequently write up your chosen route. If you would like to be notified when this part of Lærd Dissertation becomes available, please leave feedback. A majority of students at the undergraduate, master's, and even doctoral level will take on a Route #1: Replication-based dissertation. At this point, it is also the only route that we cover in depth [NOTE: We will be launching Route #2: Data-driven dissertations and Route #3: Theory-driven dissertations at a later date]. The field of management's devotion to theory: Too much of a good thing? To learn whether a Route #1: Replication-based dissertation is right for you, and if so, how to proceed, start with our introductory guide: Route #1: Getting started. If there is anything you find unclear about what you have just read, please leave feedback. Complete Dissertation Structure. it is best to avoid the actual dissertation results in the initial part of the thesis. the sample will only.
Writing a Results Section - Announcing the Findings The first question that arises in students minds when writing a dissertation is How to write a Dissertation? An excellent dissertation should present the objectives, narrate the research methods you have used and shown some results. It does have a particular structure unless suggested otherwise by your institution. Here the structurecommonly used in educational institutes. In the title section, you have to include: The Title: The amount of Sodium required daily by humans Student’s Full name and qualification: Sara Parker LLB (Hons) The degree dissertation is submitted for Dissertation submitted for the completion of Bachelors of Law Institution: University of West Virginia Date of submission: 2nd January 2018 Supervisor’s Name: John Smith How to write a good thesis statement? An abstract, is the synopsis of the dissertation in one paragraph. In this paragraph, you should include that what issues you have researched, by what methods and why you choose these methods. The dissertation comprises of various segments, chapters, tables and so on. Once could not predict the optimal numeral of chapters. Moreover, the highest or lowest level of requirement could never be predicted. However, the dissertation is generally made up of: The INTRODUCTION in Dissertation must immediately grab the attention of the reader. Hence, it is best to avoid the actual dissertation results in the initial part of the thesis and in fact, even at the end when you are adding bits and parts to enhance the study, you should always pretend that the research is yet to be conducted. The first focus of an examiner is mostly the INTRODUCTION (specifically objectives) and CONCLUSION part. So, the writer must pay special attention to these parts while writing the essay. It is common for a researcher to undertake a number of revisions, additions or eliminations of different portions of various chapters in the due course of writing the essay. This makes the final dissertation richer and more meaningful. Hence, an introduction is provided a number of polishes to help it attain its individual shine. Hence, the Introduction in Dissertation must comprise of following : 1) Comprehensive viewpoint of the overall thesis segment here you try to establish the significance of this particular dissertation to the concerned people and the world in general. 2) Justification of your study with regards to this comprehensive viewpoint here you try to establish the way your research would contribute in this specific segment. Hence, you try to justify the purpose of your research. 3) The questions of the study or postulations along with the precise goals Ð¾f ÑƒÐ¾ur sudy generally below a distinct sub-heading to allow the reader along with the examiner to take particular note of them. 4) Direction for remaining segments A few paragraphs (3 to 4) must be devoted to expounding the content and reasons for included chapters. Here you must clarify the reasons for inclusion of specific segments in your study, rather than what chapters are included. You should unfold yourdissertation topic and also describe your aim, objectives and an outline of the whole dissertation. The introduction is your chance to show that you have command over the language, grammar, and style required to write a scholarly piece of work. If you need to collect certain primary data, then it may be revealed that on analysis, this data could change the focus of your study, and you could have to go back to other academic sources to look for pertinent studies that either disagrees or backs up the outcomes attained in your study. Hence, it could be perceived that the researcher must wait till the completion of the dissertation to begin writing this segment. However, it is inadvisable due to numerous reasons : 1) The process of writing down notes on the available academic materials is the only way to confirm that you have comprehended the texts and absorbed the important materials from it. Hence, for this reading and reviewing of literature is very important. 2) In the MSc dissertations, the examiners give you marks on the basis of the progress made by you. This progress could be deduced by the compilation of the chapters. Hence, your literature survey could be the single proof of the progress of your dissertation. Hence, it is essential to write up the literature review earlier rather than later. This is specifically significant Ñ–f you desire to have an upgradation from Ph D to MSc registration and here your supervisor would help you only if he/she is convinced of your progress evidenced through the literature review. Try to combine/compare/contrast the ideas Ð°nd views from different authors – don’t just repeat what one author says, then follow it with a summary of / work of another author. Further guidance of undertaking your literature review will be provided in thÐµ Research Methods (Re Me) module. In this section, you should critically review the past research done in your relevant field. A good and up to the mark literature review is written thoroughly, analyzed critically and essentially informative. And it should also demonstrate your contribution to the existing research. A Defense for the Research Method Utilized This part of your study could either be included in the introductory section itself or could also be established as a distinct chapter (on the basis of the review of the literature chapter). The purpose of this chapter is to clarify to the readers the manner in which the study was undertaken. This section seeks to supply pertinent answers to the below mentioned questions: This represents the progress and evaluation of your research structure. This is section of your structure where you illustrate your research, data collection and assessment methods you have used and why you find these methods appropriate for your research. In a research that gathered huge quantity of quantitative data, the result section would be a simple and straightforward representation. Begin by describing your unit of evaluation and model and the representation of the data would comprise numerous charts In a phenomological research it becomes difficult to isolate analysis from the result part. Hence, here you must try to explain and justify the utilized data. Here illustrations and diagrams could help in providing a clearer picture. Analysis is the procedure of representation and interpretation of data. Qualitative data which is also known as non-numeric data, is usually attained by minimizing the data, giving it a structure. The analysis of quantitative data is centered on mathematical interpretation and utilizes regular statistical methodologies. Quantitative Data a) Descriptive Statistics There are 30 questions for the research which may produce huge amount of data. The questionnaire will be answered by 100 people generating 3000 stuff of raw data. This raw data will be processed to a readable format for better understanding to all interested audience who would be reading it. The summary or descriptive statistics which includes which are regularly utilized to illustrate and present the synopsis of the data. b) Inferential Statistics The assumptions from the populations viewpoint, as of the information generated from the sample. The assumptions are done since its impractical to interview each and every person individually for the data. For the statistics to be recorded, the sample will only represent the population, and a proper justification must be done on the choice of the sample considered. What ever said and done, the sample which we take as consideration will not give the exact viewpoint of the people of ebery characteristic. There are methods in Statistics to measure such uncertainties. Always it is a good habit to discuss about the reason behind your research to the readers. They must also have some introduction on the research questions and discussion on the methodology adopted on the research done on the unanswered questions. You must bear in mind one thing that this chapter is going to give you the much of the opportunity to reveal your scholarly skills. You will be your own critic to measure the reliability and validity of the findings. Ponder on the learning you have acquired while doing this research, also think on how would you improve your research work and do it differently than the first time. From the results of the research do you really think that you have come out with the required result, with the available sample data? How challenging is your statements and claims on the outcome of the research, in your verbal presentation? Usually all the examiners will go through the Introduction first and then go through other chapters. Therefore your concluding portion must be rechecked thoroughly to see whether the objectives are achieved or not. If they are not achieved you must state an explanation. It is a good practice to utilize the similar texts used in the Objectives for showing the consistency. The focus needs to be on the study first, and then widen out for the discussion on suggestions on the study sections and also for future studies. One must avoid the repetitions and better to use bullet points, for better clarity. The Analysis section will anyway carry the options for further studies, but it is better you also mention in the concluding part, in detail, the potential methods of research that can be implemented. The below mentioned suggestions are given :- Refer to the OBJECTIVES Here you should integrate all the aspects of your argument to come up with a convincing answer to the question you initially presented. You should also picture the possible future development of your research topic. Moreover, you also need to mention if your findings are applicable in real life or have any practical implications. Just remember to use the names of any book or article just once, when adopting the numbering or Vancouver system for mentioning references. Otherwise the reference section will become too lengthy. So this lengthy list will be a threat to you, when the examiner will find it very tedious to check for legitimacy of your research. He or she will have to go through the lengthy list and can get confused or miss on any valid reference. The references format is much short in length and it is mandatory to list alphabetically, according to the originator’s name, to avoid confusions and repetitions. So this will lessen the requirement of Bibliography, however can be utilized to point out any other source which may not be cited in the real dissertation and consequently not mentioned in the reference listings. Most of UK univerities prefer Harvard Style Referencing. A Bibliography contains all the list of all the sources of the documentation discussed while preparing the dissertation. They are listed alphabetically according to the author’s surname. Those that have not been cited in the dissertation. You must mention the resources from where you have collected the information. If you don’t cite the references correctly, it could result in an accusation of plagiarism resulting a failure in your dissertation. So, it is important to cite the references accurately. To avoid any overlook, the appendix list must be clearly referred in the main body of the thesis. This section can be considered as a dump of referenced material which are not fitted in the thesis. So any reference material given here should be of use, it may be in detailed or just in brief but adequately relevant to the subject for the core thesis. Now if you are doing a study which involves survey questions then the Appendices can hold the copy of the questionnaire to show the proof of the research. 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Guidelines for the Preparation of Your Master’s Thesis This Study Guide addresses the task of writing a dissertation. It aims to help you to feel confident in the construction of this extended piece of writing, and to support you in its successful completion. You may also find the following Study Guides helpful: “The research is going well, so the writing should be straightforward - I can leave it until later”. “I know I’m not good at writing so I keep putting it off”. “I know I’m good at writing so I can leave it to later”. “I want to get everything sorted out in my mind before I start writing or I’ll just end up wasting my time re-writing”. The process of having to describe your study in detail, in a logical sequence of written words, will inevitably highlight where more thought is needed, and it may lead to new insight into connections, implications, rationale, relevance, and may lead to new ideas for further research. Barras (196) suggests that you ‘think of your report as part of your investigation, not as a duty to be undertaken when your work is otherwise complete’, and this Study Guide suggests that: writing is an integral part of the research process. The good news is that you have already started writing if you have written any of the following in relation to this study: In each case the object of the writing was to communicate to yourself, your supervisors, or to others, something about your work. In writing your dissertation you will draw on some of this earlier writing to produce a longer and more comprehensive account. Before embarking on any substantial writing for your dissertation you will need to check the exact requirements regarding: There are some conventions that guide the structuring of dissertations in different disciplines. You should check departmental and course regulations. The title itself is an important opportunity to tell the potential reader what your research is about. You will need it to be succinct, specific, descriptive, and representative of the research you have done. There is likely to be a required format for the title page in your discipline, so you need to check what that is. This may be one of the shortest sections of your thesis or dissertation, but it is worthwhile taking great care to write it well. Essentially, the Abstract is a succinct summary of the research. It should be able to stand alone in representing why and how you did what you did, and what the results and implications are. It is often only one page long, and there may be a word limit to adhere to. The Abstract is an important element of the thesis, and will become a document in its own right if the thesis is registered within any database. The examiners will therefore assess your Abstract both as part of your thesis, and as a potentially independent document. It can be best to write the Abstract last, once you are sure what exactly you are summarising. Alternatively it can be useful to write the abstract earlier on, as an aid to identifying the crucial main thread of your research, its purpose, and its findings, which could then guide the structure of the dissertation. Attending to the very restrictive word / space limit, while at the same including all the relevant material is quite a challenge. It might be useful to look at how others have managed. It is certainly an academic exercise, but perhaps not too different from the concise explanations of your research you may have had to give to relatives and neighbours over the last few years, in terms of its brevity, accessibility, and comprehensiveness. This is your opportunity to mention individuals who have been particularly helpful. Reading the acknowledgements in other dissertations in your field will give you an idea of the ways in which different kinds of help have been appreciated and mentioned. The contents pages will show up the structure of the dissertation. Any imbalance in space devoted to different sections of content will become apparent. This is a useful check on whether amalgamation of sections, or creation of further sections or sub-sections is needed. Although this is the first piece of writing the reader comes to, it is often best to leave its preparation to last as, until then, you will not be absolutely sure what you are introducing. The introduction has two main roles: This can lead logically into a clear statement of the research question(s) or problem(s) you will be addressing. In addition to the research context, there may be other relevant contexts to present for example: It can be difficult to identify the best order for sections in this chapter because the rationale for your choice of specific research question can be complicated, and there may be several inter-linked reasons why the research is needed. It is worth taking time to develop a logical structure as this will help to convince examiners of the relevance of your research, and that you understand its relevance. It will also provide you with a framework to refer back to in your discussion chapter, when you reflect on the extent to which your research has achieved what it set out to do. In these chapters a straightforward description is required of how you conducted the research. If you used particular equipment, processes, or materials, you will need to be clear and precise in how you describe them. You must give enough detail for another researcher to replicate your study. You will need to check which style of reporting is preferred in your field. For example a scientific dissertation would probably have very clear separation between the results and the discussion of those results; whereas a social science dissertation might have an overall chapter called Findings, bringing the results and their discussion together. Decisions about style of presentation may need to be made about, for example: This is where you review your own research in relation to the wider context in which it is located. You can refer back to the rationale that you gave for your research in the literature review, and discuss what your own research has added in this context. It is important to show that you appreciate the limitations of your research, and how these may affect the validity or usefulness of your findings. Given the acknowledged limitations, you can report on the implications of your findings for theory, research, and practice. This chapter tends to be much shorter than the Discussion. It is not a mere ‘summary’ of your research, but needs to be ‘conclusions’ as to the main points that have emerged and what they mean for your field. This section needs to be highly structured, and needs to include all of your references in the required referencing style. As you edit and rewrite your dissertation you will probably gain and lose references that you had in earlier versions. It is important therefore to check that all the references in your reference list are actually referenced within the text; and that all the references that appear in the text appear also in the reference list. You need to check whether or not the appendices count within the word limit for your dissertation. Items that can usefully go in the appendices are those that a reader would want to see, but which would take up too much space and disrupt the flow if placed within the main text. Again, make sure you reference the Appendices within the main text where necessary. If your dissertation is well-structured, easy to follow, logical, and coherent, your examiners will probably enjoy reading it, and will be able to listen to your argument without the distraction of trying to make all the links themselves. The only way to achieve a consistent argument throughout a piece of writing is by creating some kind of plan or map of what you want to say. It can be useful to think of the research question or topic going like a strong thread throughout the dissertation: linking all the elements of the study, and giving coherence to its reporting. Moving from doing the research to writing a comprehensive account of it is not necessarily easy. You may feel that you know everything in your head but can’t see how you can put it into words in the most useful order. It can be helpful to break the task down into smaller, more easily accomplished elements. The process of producing your writing plan could go as follows. It can be a good idea to put the word limit to the back of your mind at this point, and concentrate on getting everything recorded in a document. You can always edit upwards or downwards later as necessary. It is likely, and advisable, that you will not wait until the end of your research before starting to write it up. You may be required to produce one or more chapters for assessment part way through your research. The process described above can be used for any individual chapter you are working on. It is important to be prepared to critique and revise your own work several times. Even the early chapters submitted for assessment, and passing that assessment, may need to be revised later on. This is not a failure, but a positive sign of increased experience and skill. An important aspect running through your dissertation will be your argument for: You will refer to the work of others as you make your argument. This may involve critiquing the work of established leaders in the field. While it is important to be respectful in the way that you discuss others’ ideas and research, you are expected to engage directly, and even openly disagree with existing writing. In Taylor’s (1989) book on writing in the arts and social sciences, he suggests that the following different approaches offer a range of academically legitimate ways to engage with published work. (Adapted from Taylor 19) It is important that you are assertive about what you are arguing, but it is unlikely that, in a dissertation project, you will be able to be definitive in closing an established academic debate. You should be open about where the gaps are in your research, and cautious about over-stating what you have found. Aim to be modest but realistic in relating your own research to the broader context. Once you have the dissertation in draft form it becomes easier to see where you can improve it. To make it easier to read you can use clear signposting at the beginning of chapters, and write links between sections to show how they relate to each other. Another technique to improve academic writing style is to ensure that each individual paragraph justifies its inclusion. More ideas will be presented in the Study Guide The art of editing. You may choose to review your draft from the standpoint of a dissertation examiner, which might involve preparing a list of questions that you want to see answered, then reading through your dissertation scribbling comments, suggestions, criticisms, and ideas in the margin. If you have a marking guide then apply it to your dissertation and see if there are aspects that you can improve. While you do this, be aware of whether you need to increase the number of words, or decrease it to reach your target. As you read you can then cross through material that appears unnecessary, and mark points that could be expanded. This will then form the basis for your next, improved, draft. Just as it can be difficult to begin writing, it can also be difficult to know when to stop. You may begin to feel that your dissertation will never be good enough, and that you need to revise it again and again. It may be helpful to divert your attention for a while to the finishing off activities you need to attend to: Coming back afresh to look critically at the main text may then enable you to complete it to your satisfaction. (1989) The Student’s Writing Guide for the Arts and Social Sciences. Remember the dissertation needs to demonstrate your ability to undertake and report research rather than to answer every question on a topic. A guide to better writing for scientists, engineers and students. It is important to allow yourself enough time for the final checking and proof reading of the finished document. Your Master’s Thesis. • Ability to analyze the results of the research. Use the following checklist for guidance on how to best use
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By the way, there are many other reasons not to get a Ph D! ) Master’s students typically write master’s theses before being awarded their degrees. However, different countries use the terms thesis and dissertation differently. But most university guidelines focus on formatting. The typical thesis length is less than the typical dissertation length. (Differences between master’s theses and doctoral dissertations are often defined by your graduate program.) And of course: This leads to the second tip. Aspects like margins, fonts, tables of contents, and other specifics affect book binding. Still, this article’s tips apply to both dissertations and theses. But these can be addressed after you finish writing. (This video shows how to quickly make a checklist in MS Word.) But most of all, your writing must meet the standards of your field! Remember, graduate program guidelines will most directly impact the content of your dissertation. Here’s a shortcut for that: Skim through an excellent dissertation example or two. There are many internet dissertation and thesis databases. Most universities host these works on searchable databases. (Hint: these are great sources of free sample dissertations! ) Or you could get a sample dissertation by asking your advisor for his or hers. This also gives you insight into your Ph D advisor’s idea of a good dissertation. (By the way, your advisor should be a key source of dissertation help.) Or borrow a dissertation from any Ph D. ) In short, find a dissertation that exemplifies an excellent dissertation in your field. Because standards differ widely among fields, you should find your own dissertation template. It lists each of the chapters of your dissertation. And it must be in the format required by your university. Can anyone figure out page numbers before finishing writing? But MS Word can make a table of contents that updates on its own! (And this is the closest thing.) The last section described the extent to which dissertations differ. All have a title page, table of contents, dissertation acknowledgement, dissertation abstract, and introduction. ) Third: The dissertation acknowledgement is a special part of every dissertation. But they differ in the other dissertation chapters. In the acknowledgement, Ph D students thank the people that made everything possible. Here, you thank advisors and professors as well as peers, family, and friends. But it should be formal, like those in the beginnings of books. Understanding the goals of these sections is important to writing them well. The typical length of a dissertation acknowledgement is fewer than 2 pages. (These later chapters of a dissertation differ among fields, so they’re described later.) First: The title page is simple. And you should write your dedication second to last. It should contain your title, name, university, department, graduate program, and submission date. Lastly: The dissertation abstract summarizes years of work. Obviously, it should indicate your findings and conclusions. It should also summarize your research methods and any literature reviews in your text. This is a section that is highly regulated by university guidelines. This is because many universities upload dissertations to online databases. Without uniformly formatted dissertation abstracts, these databases wouldn’t be searchable. And again, you should write your dissertation abstract after you’ve written most text. Only the table of contents and dissertation acknowledgement should be written later. You can’t summarize your work in an abstract until it’s nearly done. (This should be obvious.) The remaining chapters differ based on your subject. Later, this article discusses common chapters of a dissertation. (Typically, only humanities have dissertation results sections and dissertation discussion sections. Science dissertation structures differ.) Again, there are huge differences among fields in what constitutes a great dissertation. Still, here are some tips to get you started on any dissertation. But it’s also useful to consider some of the big differences among fields. Expectations and writing processes differ a lot from one field to another. The biggest split is between the sciences and the humanities. A dissertation or thesis always explains years of research. But it achieves that goal depends on what you are studying. The process for writing science and humanities dissertations are distinct. If so, you may have published your research your studies. This is considered great training for becoming a real scientist. (And it’s a way for your graduate advisor to get more work from you. Spending more time producing published research for your advisor is considered superior to just learning.) However: There’s one nice side effect of this style of science Ph D training. Many universities allow Ph D students to submit dissertations composed of published scholarly articles. Some Ph D students even submit so-called “paperclip dissertations.” These consist only of published articles. In this case, dissertation writing began when the students wrote their first articles. The final writing process then becomes much easier. These students only have to write an introduction, abstract, acknowledgement, table of contents, and title page. These lucky students may finish writing in just two weeks. But: Life is harder for humanities graduate students. (Sadly, this is always true.) Is your Ph D in history, literature, or even a more quantitative humanity like the social sciences? But the humanities don’t produce many peer-reviewed publications. If so, you will probably write your dissertation within a single block of time. Thus, humanities students don’t often submit “paperclip dissertations.” Thus, it’s important for humanities students to secure a final semester scholarship. Such funding sources can ensure sufficient free time to write. (Just imagine trying to teach writing a dissertation! ) It’s also important that humanities Ph D students master time management. Set realistic deadlines for each of the chapters of a dissertation. In contrast: Science dissertations are collections of highly related studies. Thus, they don’t contain distinct results and discussions as chapters. Rather, each chapter has its own results and discussion sections. Hence, humanities students should read the next four sections of this article. (But science students may want to read about intros and then skip ahead.) The introduction should obviously introduce your subject. It frames the Ph D student’s work as an obvious extension of previous work. Or it indicates how the work fills a gap in the field. A dissertation introduction has the same role as an introduction in a standard 5-paragraph essay. (But check your university guidelines to see if students are allowed to do this.) If you do this, you’ll also probably have crisper text. But here’s the kicker: Your introduction should end by teasing readers with your main findings. Similarly, your introduction should end by indicating your key findings. Simply put, it makes your work sound clear and important! Typically, a dissertation introduction is a literature review. If you’re a science student, indicate if you rejected your general hypothesis or hypotheses. Using previous research to motivate your own work is the goal of these introductions. If you’re a liberal arts student, provide a broad summary of your results. You won’t spoil the ending if you indicate your findings in your introduction. But a strong introduction may also be adapted into a review paper. Rather, you will actually engage your readers more fully. (Never waste a chance for a publication.) In this same vein, you should look for other sources of text for your introduction. Next comes the meat of your dissertation: the methods, results, and discussion sections. (Again, skip this if you’re a science student.) Many humanities students won’t need to write lengthy methods sections. But dissertations in the social sciences or quantitative fields like statistics need methods sections. It’s always important to describe any quantitative or statistical techniques in a scholarly work. This info should be precise enough to let researchers in your field duplicate your work. Data from a third party should be explained as though you collected it yourself. You should also cite other studies or dissertations that used similar techniques or data. But you should not discuss their findings or conclusions. (You can break this rule if a previous result directly shaped your experiments. But this is much more appropriate in the introduction or discussion sections.) But: What if you’re a Ph D student in the liberal arts? In this case, your research likely involved visiting libraries and archives. As such, you should indicate libraries and archives you visited! You should also describe any other unique efforts you made to better understand your subject. Liberal arts Ph D students should also provide methods sections. But they may benefit from combining their results and discussion section. (Again, this is a situation where you should base your decision on a dissertation example. This one website offers everything you need to make your dissertation shine. Proofreaders, thesis writers, and everyone in between is available. Use these as a results and discussion sample to see what is normal in your field.) The results chapter provides summaries of the data you collected or analyzed. But: What if writing a dissertation is too much for you to handle? All you need is a credit card, a bank account, or Pay Pal. It should also contain any analyses of those data sets. For sciences and social sciences, this makes results chapters distinct. Check any good results and discussion dissertation example. Moreover, most figures should be in the dissertation results. There should be many, many graphs and statistical analyses in these dissertation results chapters. For most students, this is where give your own findings. In the discussion section, you place your research in its scholarly context. Like the introduction, the dissertation discussion should cite many previous studies. But here, you don’t use them to motivate your study. Use this checklist to ensure you’re Did this article help you? Instead, you use previous research to assess your study—and vice versa. As such, any good example of a discussion considers weaknesses in the research. This might be mentioning flaws that were unclear before research began. Or this may be a great chance to determine current weaknesses in a field. ” You may have written so much that it’s difficult to stop. Thus, here are a few dissertation conclusion tips: After you write your discussion, continue on to writing your abstract, acknowledgement, and table of contents. This is the mark of a dissertation that has truly impacted its field. List of Best MBA Dissertation. How businesses can sustain growing competition through effective marketing methods and generating steady results. The best.
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