Reading the acknowledgements in other dissertations in your field will give you an idea of the ways in which different kinds of help have been appreciated and mentioned.
The contents pages will show up the structure of the dissertation.
This Study Guide addresses the task of writing a dissertation.
It aims to help you to feel confident in the construction of this extended piece of writing, and to support you in its successful completion.
It will also provide you with a framework to refer back to in your discussion chapter, when you reflect on the extent to which your research has achieved what it set out to do.
In these chapters a straightforward description is required of how you conducted the research.It should be able to stand alone in representing why and how you did what you did, and what the results and implications are.It is often only one page long, and there may be a word limit to adhere to.The process of having to describe your study in detail, in a logical sequence of written words, will inevitably highlight where more thought is needed, and it may lead to new insight into connections, implications, rationale, relevance, and may lead to new ideas for further research.Barras (196) suggests that you ‘think of your report as part of your investigation, not as a duty to be undertaken when your work is otherwise complete’, and this Study Guide suggests that: writing is an integral part of the research process.Any imbalance in space devoted to different sections of content will become apparent.This is a useful check on whether amalgamation of sections, or creation of further sections or sub-sections is needed.“I know I’m good at writing so I can leave it to later”.“I want to get everything sorted out in my mind before I start writing or I’ll just end up wasting my time re-writing”.If you used particular equipment, processes, or materials, you will need to be clear and precise in how you describe them.You must give enough detail for another researcher to replicate your study.