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Dissertation Workshop

Preparation for current 2nd Year students
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Katharine Stapleford

on 20 May 2015

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Transcript of Dissertation Workshop

Katharine Stapleford
Academic Skills

Dive into your dissertation!
Objectives
Further guidance
Recognise the different types of research

Become familiar with the process involved in the final year project

Recognise the features and terminology of research projects

Have a clear idea about how to begin the research.
The Research Process
Action plan / Gantt chart
Getting organised
Decide on a topic/focus
What can you do now?
Decide topic
The Proposal
The Literature search
Fieldwork
Narrow the focus
conduct preliminary literature search
working title
aim/objectives/research questions
small/informal
large/formally assessed
what?
why?
how?
topic
title
aims/objectives
background
rationale
justification
methods
Conduct more focussed literature search
Begin to critically analyse the literature, identify themes, synthesise, draw conclusions
distribute questionnaires, conduct interviews/focus groups, do observations
Writing up
Introduction

Literature review

Methodology

Discussion of Findings

Conclusions/Recommendations
supervision
supervision
supervision
literature database
research diary
check access/permissions
Read some dissertation & research textbooks
Try out some organisation/storage technology
Obtain permission
Follow relevant blogs & Twitter feeds
Get familiar with Summon & Heritage
place
people
time
policy
type
aspect


Academic Skills on Moodle:

http://moodle.uco.oldham.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2
Book an appointment with Katharine or Daniel
ucoskills@oldham.ac.uk
https://www.facebook.com/ucoskills
@ucoskills
Primary research
Literature-based research
Introduction

Methodology

Literature review

Discussion of Findings

Conclusions/Recommendations
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