Planning A Dissertation
It differs from what most have previously produced in requiring more of most things – more research in greater depth, more reading, more time, more independence (students select their own topics and work on them in isolation), more planning, and above all, a more extended piece of writing.
This is an extended piece – often structured like a report – which usually involves undertaking research or a project (this may be based your placement or previous work experience) as well as reflection on and discussion of that work.In the meantime, use the original calculator to determine projected dates for each stage, the narrative for each stage provided by the University of Minnesota, and the links on the pages of this guide to update Minnesota's links.While awaiting completion of this version of the Dissertation Calculator, see Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation (ETD) at UCF for the current steps.Your research design: what data did you collect; where did you collect it; how did you analyse it; why did you use those methods and what alternative approaches could you have taken. An alternative to the above would be to combine the literature review, but have separate chapters/sections for the data.You could also discuss here the setting of the research, and how you selected your sample. This should be an analysis of the findings, relating back to the conceptual models and the research question. If you have been sponsored by a specific organization, or your college has arranged for a placement on which your dissertation will be based, they may want a different kind of report or presentation.
Once you have determined the length of the dissertation, ensure that it does not remain an abstraction by calculating the number of pages involved – at 300 words per page double spaced, an 8,000 word dissertation would have around 26 pages, more with the addition of prelims and end matter, which do not come within the word count.