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Dissertation planning and writing

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Transcript of Dissertation planning and writing

Dissertation planning and writing
Dr Carol Collins
Student Learning Service

What IS a dissertation?
How do you
feel
about writing a dissertation?

Don't underestimate....
How will you plan your dissertation writing alongside everything else?
Plot back from deadlines
Research
Planning
Drafts
Final Draft
Final Edit
Supervisor feedback and what to do with it
Make sure you submit drafts in time for feedback
When should you apply feedback to your draft?
Plan and organise to avoid chaos
Title specific?
Is scope realistic?
Why is this important research?
Research questions
Ongoing chapter plan
Be organised with your resources and keep a bibliography at all times
Dissertation structure
Title page
Contents list
Abstract
Acknowledgements
Body
Bibliography
Appendices
Two
possible
models
Introduction
Theme/topic 1
Theme/topic 2
Theme/topic 3
Conclusion
Introduction
Literature or resource
review
Methodology
Results
Discussion
Conclusion
Abstract
Short
150-200 words
May cover:
Purpose
Methods
Results
Conclusion
Introductions
Context
Purpose
Aims
Scope
Limitations?
Terms?
Outline
Planning your chapters
Not too many
Thematic?
Chronological?
Line of argument
Reading should be...
deep
wide
structured
up to date
critical
Critical thinking
Skill?

Specialism?

Attitude?
Conclusion
In proportion
Draws together argument
Clear conclusion of ideas
Shows how you have fulfilled your aims
Referencing
Follow set guidelines
It can be perfect!
Consistent
Accurate
Full
Wide-ranging
Advice on avoiding plagiarism
Avoiding plagiarism
Editing
3 checks
Proofread
Grammar and spelling
Copyread
Content
Referencing
Text and bibliography
My contact details
carol.collins@glasgow.ac.uk
Reference anything, whether
quotation or paraphrase, that
is someone else's idea or theory.

Commonly known ideas need
not be referenced.

What is the difference?
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