Dissertations and Project Reports: A Step by Step Guide

Dissertations and Project Reports: A Step by Step Guide

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By (author) Stella Cottrell

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 244mm x 8mm | 500g
  • Publication date: 24 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 1137364262
  • ISBN 13: 9781137364265
  • Illustrations note: 62 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 354,656

Product description

Faced with your dissertation or major project and need some help getting started? Thinking about how your final project will affect your overall grades? Then read on. Tapping into her tried and tested formula for learning, bestselling author of The Study Skills Handbook, Stella Cottrell, takes you step-by-step through the key stages of planning, developing, researching and writing up your dissertation or project report. Whether you are an undergraduate or a postgraduate, this guide: - Offers comprehensive coverage of the major components essential to producing strong dissertations and project reports - Gives unique emphasis to the importance of project management skills - Gets you involved through interactive activities, checklists and engaging student examples Most importantly, it offers the support you need at every stage and will help ensure that the creation of your academic masterpiece is an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

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Stella Cottrell is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement at the University of East London, UK. This position sees a return to the University of East London for Stella where she previously spent ten years working in educational development. Prior to her current position, Stella was Director for Lifelong Learning at the University of Leeds, UK. She has an international reputation for teaching and learning with her publications for staff and students being used by universities and colleges around the world. First published in 1999, The Study Skills Handbook is now in its 4th edition and has sold more than 3/4 million copies worldwide. Stella has authored a number of other bestselling study skills guides as part of the Palgrave Study Skills series including Critical Thinking Skills and The Palgrave Student Planner. Palgrave's interactive e-learning study skills resource, skills4studycampus, is also based on her work.

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'... There is so much to like about Dissertations and Project Reports that I am not sure where to begin. Organization is certainly a key variable as one prepares to write a dissertation, thesis, or a research paper. And, here it is, presented in a manner that can be individualized to meet the needs of each writer. I wish I'd been able to make use of this so long ago when preparing my own dissertation! ... The checklists provide the necessary organization to this sometimes overwhelming activity. The resulting 'visual guide' helps to make this process so much clearer.' - Dr Cora M. Dzubak, Nittany Success Center Director, Penn State - York, USA 'It was a pleasure reading through this step-by-step guide. I especially appreciate that the various academic, ethical, financial, psychological and social dimensions of dissertation-writing are covered in a friendly but firm manner. Students embarking on an extended essay or a bachelor's thesis for the first time will benefit from the sound advice about preparation and planning in particular, and more experienced or advanced postgraduates will find the guide a helpful and active reminder of the entire academic research process. The skills audit and evaluation exercise at the beginning and end, aligning with the inception and completion of a research project, readily capture the intellectual and self-development aims of independent student research.' - Dr Cissie Fu, Assistant Professor of Political Theory, Leiden University, the Netherlands 'This text is a well-structured guide for those embarking on their first dissertation or thesis. Taking candidates from 'I had a Dream' stage through to the lodgement of the final submission intertwined with examples learnt from experience ... I will be recommending to my students.' - John Cowan, Lecturer in Construction Management and Property, Construction Project Management, Property and Development, University of New South Wales, Australia

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction PART I: PREPARATION AND PLANNING 1. Where Do I Start? 2. What Makes a Good Dissertation or Research Project? 3. Project Managing Your Dissertation 4. Managing Yourself for the Task 5. Time and Timing 6. Working with Your Supervisor PART II: DEVELOPING YOUR PROPOSAL 7. Understanding the Assignment Brief 8. Selecting Your Topic and Title 9. Literature Search and Review 10. Principles of Good Research 11. Methodologies: Approaches to Research 12. Ethical Considerations 13. Writing the Research Proposal PART III: CONDUCTING THE RESEARCH 14. The Evidence Base 15. Working with Participants 16. Experiments 17. Observations 18. Surveys and Questionnaires 19. Interviews 20. Case Studies 21. Interpreting Your Findings PART IV: WRITING IT UP 22. Your Writing Strategy 23. Getting the Structure Right 24. Fine Tuning your Writing 25. Viva Exams Final Considerations References Index