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Dissertations and project reports: a step by step guide

Dissertations and project reports: a step by step guide

Cottrell, Stella, author

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, Stella Cottrell, takes you step-by-step through the key stages of planning, developing, researching and writing up your dissertation or project report

Book. English.
Published Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

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Statement of responsibility: Stella Cottrell
ISBN: 1137364262, 9781137364265
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: v, 214 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 25 cm.
Series: Palgrave study skills
Subject: Literature.; Dissertations, Academic.; Report writing.
Series Title: Palgrave study skills.

Contents

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

Author note

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 ¾ 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.

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.

Reviews

'... 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