Excellent Dissertations!

Excellent Dissertations!

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By (author) Peter Levin

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  • Publisher: OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 152 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 206mm x 10mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 25 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Milton Keynes
  • ISBN 10: 0335238610
  • ISBN 13: 9780335238613
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 371,802

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"I honestly found this better than my dissertation supervisor. It was never off my desk and I scanned it thoroughly and followed it religiously. Highly recommended with a proven technique to help you gain a good mark!" ("Amazon reviewer"). "This book is, well...excellent! Simply and succinctly it takes you through each stage of planning a dissertation." ("The Psychologist"). A dissertation is likely to be the largest single piece of work you will be asked to produce. This handy book guides you through the whole process: planning your dissertation project, managing it, and writing it up. It offers friendly and practical advice and addresses all the questions students ask, including: How do I choose a topic? How should I manage my time? How can I make best use of my supervisor? How many chapters should my dissertation have? And which is the best referencing system to use? "Excellent Dissertations! Second Edition" is a lively, concise and to-the point guide, which will steer you through the entire dissertation process.

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Dr Peter Levin was until recently an educational developer, specializing in student support, at the London School of Economics, UK. He has helped hundreds of masters and undergraduate students manage their dissertation work.

Table of contents

Producing a dissertation. READ THIS FIRST! Introduction Part One: Preliminaries Formal requirements and arrangements Pleasing the examiners You and your supervisor Part Two: Getting started The 'twin-track': your project and your dissertation Project and dissertation: Exploring the literature Project: Making a shortlist of possible subjects Project: Choosing your preferred subject Dissertation: Choosing your title Project: Methodology Project: Materials Project and dissertation: Time management and planning Part Three: The 'middle period' Keeping everything under control Project: Being your own manager Dissertation: Creating your literature review Project and dissertation: Making use of quotations Dissertation: Developing your outline Part Four: The 'end-game' The challenge to complete Project: Concluding your work Dissertation: Producing your first draft and finalizing your outline Dissertation: Improving your draft Dissertation: Conforming to good academic practice Avoiding Plagiarism Dissertation: Final editing