Writing a Dissertation – A simple guide
- Introduction 10%
You will need to introduce your topic here.
- State the research area of interest.
What is the research topic/ subject area /issues/problems/motivations?
Why is the important? Why should it be of interest to the reader/ academic community/ the society? What will this add to the field of study.
How are you going to accomplish the task? Is it quantitatively or qualitatively?
State your expected contribution(s).
- State the research questions:
This can be 2, 3, 4 or more depending on the expected results/ gap/contributions/significance of the research.
- Or your hypotheses
Background of the study (context of your study) 2% – (optional)
Give some background study to your research:
This can be discussions on the context of your study
The origin of your topic of interest
The motivations for your interest
- Literature review 18%
- Or your hypotheses
- Research Method: Quantitative or qualitative 15%
Discussion of research methodology
Access to data
Research data analysis and instruments
Any anticipated challenges and how these will/have been overcome
- Findings / Results 40%
Findings/results/and Interpretation of data analysis
- Discussions (optional) 10%- 5%
- Conclusion 15%
Implications of your study and contributions to the body of knowledge
- Recommendation for further study
Some guides in developing your research topic and writing
It may be that the easiest way to begin to hone in on a specific topic is to go back through all of the lecture slides, notes and assignments that you have completed so far. Was there a topic that you were particularly interested in? Was there a concept that you thought could have been developed further?
You can also start by looking at relevant journals and publications until you find a more explicit direction.
Writing your proposal and dissertation
Depending upon the referencing system preferred by your university department, you will need the following information:
- Book/Journal title
- Editor(s) (edited books only)
- Chapter Title
- URL (for online sources only)
*However, majority of your citations should be journal articles.