How to Write Your Undergraduate Dissertation

How to Write Your Undergraduate Dissertation

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This practical guide takes undergraduate students step-by-step through the process of completing a dissertation, from the initial stages of generating original ideas and planning the project through to writing their first draft and critically reviewing their own work. It shows students how to choose the most appropriate methods for collecting and analysing their data and how to then integrate this research into their dissertation. Students will learn how to develop consistent and persuasive arguments and write up their research in a clear and concise style.

This book is an essential resource for undergraduates of all disciplines who are required to write a dissertation as part of their degree.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 366 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 17.78mm | 635.03g
  • Red Globe Press
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd ed. 2019
  • 5 Tables, color; XVIII, 366 p.
  • 1352005220
  • 9781352005226
  • 65,147

Table of contents

Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- PART I: EXAMINERS AND SUPERVISORS.- 1. Examiners - What Are They Looking For?.- 2. Working With Your Supervisor.- PART II: GENERATING AND DEVELOPING ORIGINAL IDEAS.- 3. What Activities Suit You Best?.- 4. Types of Research.- 5. What Interests You Most?.- 6. Generating Your Own Ideas 1: Using Trigger Questions.- 7. Generating Your Own Ideas 2: Perspectives and Levels.- 8. Developing Your Ideas 1: Causal Relations.- 9. Developing Your Ideas 2: Conceptual Relations.- 10. Original Questions and Hypotheses 1: Using Analogies.- 11. Original Questions and Hypotheses 2: Working With Your Structures.- PART III: DECIDING ON YOUR PROJECT.- 12. Searching the Literature 1: Knowing What to Look For.- 13. Searching the Literature 2: How to Search.- 14. Choosing the Topic 1: Feasibility.- 15. Choosing the Topic 2: Ethical Issues.- PART IV: ORGANISING YOUR WORK.- 16. Planning Your Research.- 17. Managing Your Time.- 18. Your Retrieval System.- 19. Reading.- 20. Note-taking.- PART V: DOING YOUR RESEARCH.- 21. Qualitative and Quantitative Research.- 22. Secondary Sources.- 23. Primary Sources 1: Quantitative Research.- 24. Primary Sources 2: Designing and Distributing Your Questionnaire.- 25. Primary Sources 3: Qualitative Research - Interviews and Focus Groups.- 26. Primary Sources 4: Qualitative Research - Case Studies and Observations.- PART VI: PLANNING YOUR DISSERTATION.- 27. The Main Components and Introduction.- 28. The Literature Review.- 29. Research Methods, Findings, Conclusions and Appendices.- PART VII: ORGANISING YOUR THINKING.- 30. Developing Consistent Arguments 1: The Components.- 31. Developing Consistent Arguments 2: The Connections.- 32. Using Evidence 1: Describing It.- 33. Using Evidence 2: Drawing Inferences.- 34. Using Evidence 3: Creating Causal Connections.- 35. Using Language 1: Clarity Jargon.- 36. Using Language 2: Clarity Manipulative Words.- 37. Using Language 3: Consistency.- PART VIII: WRITING YOUR DISSERTATION.- 38. The First Draft.- 39. Style 1: Finding Your Own Voice.- 40. Style 2: Simplicity and Economy.- PART IX: PLAGIARISM, REFERENCING AND BIBLIOGRAPHIES.- 41. Plagiarism.- 42. Referencing and Bibliographies.- PART X: EDITING.- 43. Revision 1: The Structure.- 44. Revision 2: The Content.- PART XI: PRESENTING YOUR WORK.- 45. Oral Presentations.- 46. Poster Presentations.- Conclusion.- Bibliography.- Index.
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About Bryan Greetham

Bryan Greetham was educated at the universities of Kent and Sussex, UK. He holds a PhD in moral philosophy from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is currently engaged in research into moral thinking and the Holocaust, and teaches philosophy at the University of Maryland. He is the author of How to Write Better Essays, Thinking Skills for Professionals and Philosophy.
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