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Succeeding with your master's dissertation: a practical step-by-step handbook

Author: Biggam, John Publisher: Open University Press, 2008.Language: EnglishDescription: 268 p. : Ill./Photos ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780335227198Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Includes bibliographical references and index


Suceeding With Your Master's Dissertation A Step-by-Step Handbook Contents 1 Introduction A Master's dissertation: what is it? So, what skills do you need to succeed? Watch your words! How to use this book Summary of key points 1 1 4 10 12 13 2 Preparing for your dissertation Putting together your research proposal Research focus and overall research aim Research objectives and keywords Research methods Setting a timescale Producing a dissertation template Supervisor meetings Summary of key points 15 15 15 20 22 23 25 27 29 3 The dissertation Introduction The general structure of the Introduction Background Research focus (revisited) Overall research aim and individual research objectives Value of your research A further suggestion Summary of key points 31 31 32 37 39 44 46 48 4 The Literature Review Focus on your research objectives Referencing Description vs critical evaluation Learning theory and your dissertation Structuring your Literature Review 50 50 54 64 70 73 Summary of key points 78 5 Research methods What's it all about? Research strategy Introduction Quantitative vs qualitative research Sampling techniques Positivism and phenomenology Justifying your research strategy The question of reliability (and validity) Data collection Preparation, preparation, preparation What and why? Framework for data analysis Limitations and potential problems Summary of key points 79 79 82 82 86 88 92 95 99 101 101 104 113 121 127 6 Writing up your findings The general approach The process of description, analysis and synthesis: an example Summary of key points 129 129 132 137 7 Concluding your dissertation What's in a Conclusion? Research objectives: summary of findings and conclusions Recommendations Contribution to knowledge Self-reflection Summary of key points 138 138 140 147 151 156 160 8 Finally: Writing the abstract What is an abstract? How to write an abstract Abstract template Summary of key points 162 162 163 167 169 9 Practical issues Presenting your work and preparing for a viva Presenting your work: common mistakes 171 171 171 Preparing for a viva The marking scheme Good grammar A word of warning: plagiarism What counts as plagiarism? What if you are accused of plagiarism? 176 179 183 190 191 197 10 Summary of good practice to adopt and bad practice to avoid Forewarned is forearmed Dissertation writing: summary of good practice to adopt and bad practice to avoid Practical issues: summary of good practice to adopt and bad practice to avoid Appendix A Sample Introduction Appendix B Sample chapter outline Appendix C Sample Literature Review Introduction Appendix D Sample Literature Review Conclusion Appendix E Sample Research Methods Appendix F Sample Questionnaire Appendix G Sample marking sheet Appendix H Sample completed marking sheet Appendix I Comprehensive set of useful verbs Appendix J List of research objective keywords References Index 199 199 200 202 205 213 215 217 219 241 247 249 251 255 256 263

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