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Pocket Study Skills: Planning Your Dissertation

Planning your Dissertation is a friendly and essential companion to your dissertation journey. It takes you step-by-step through the planning for each stage from your first idea to the finishing touches. Packed with practical advice and examples of student writing, this guide shows you how to: * find an idea and focus your research question * write a proposal * structure your literature review * choose your methodology * put the crucial finishing touches to your work

Contents: Acknowledgements Introduction PART I: GETTING STARTED 1. Getting Strategic 2. Exploring Ideas 3. Working With Your Supervisor PART II: PLANNING YOUR RESEARCH 4. Starting Your Reading 5. Focussing Your Research Question 6. Time Planning a Longer Project 7. Your Research Plan 8. The Supervisor's Perspective PART III: PLANNING YOUR LITERATURE REVIEW 9. Think: What Are You Looking For? 10. Finding It 11. Reading It 12. Making Sense of It 13. Planning It PART IV: THINKING ABOUT METHODOLOGY 14. Aim and Objectives 15. Make Sure Your Methods Match Your Aims! 16. Using Theory 17. The 'Systematic' Approach: Literature Review as Methodology PART V: WHAT'S IN A DISSERTATION? Science / Technology / Healthcare Dissertation 1: Biomedical Science Dissertation 2: Sport Science Health and Social Care / Social Science / Business / Education Dissertation 3: Healthcare Dissertation 4: Business Dissertation 5: Business (Hospitality) Dissertation 6: Education Dissertation 7: Development Studies Dissertation 8: Business Humanities/Arts Dissertation 9: History PART VI: WRITING AND ARGUMENT 18. Writing Paragraphs 19. The Language of Argument 20. Writing Style: Using 'I' PART VII: PLANNING YOUR ENDGAME 21. Be Clear About What You Are Aiming For 22. The Conclusion and Introduction 23. First Impressions and Last Thoughts 24. Journey's End? References Index

Author Biography: Kate Williams manages the Upgrade Study Advice Service at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She is Series Editor of the Pocket Study Skills series.

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