"This book is, well...excellent! Simply and succinctly it takes you through each stage of planning a dissertation."
A dissertation is likely to be the largest single piece of work you will be asked to produce. This handy book guides you through the whole process: planning your dissertation project, managing it, and writing it up. It offers friendly and practical advice and addresses all the questions students ask, including:
- How do I choose a topic?
- How should I manage my time?
- How can I make best use of my supervisor?
- How many chapters should my dissertation have?
- Which is the best referencing system to use?
Part One: Preliminaries
Formal requirements and arrangements
Pleasing the examiners
You and your supervisor
Part Two: Getting started
The 'twin-track': your project and your dissertation
Project and dissertation: Exploring the literature
Project: Making a shortlist of possible subjects
Project: Choosing your preferred subject
Dissertation: Choosing your title
Project and dissertation: Time management and planning
Part Three: The 'middle period'
Keeping everything under control
Project: Being your own manager
Dissertation: Creating your literature review
Project and dissertation: Making use of quotations
Dissertation: Developing your outline
Part Four: The 'end-game'
The challenge to complete
Project: Concluding your work
Dissertation: Producing your first draft and finalizing your outline
Dissertation: Improving your draft
Dissertation: Conforming to good academic practice
Dissertation: Final editing