What do I need to do to write a literature, context or systematic
review? How do I explain my research methods and write up my
findings? Help! How do I prepare for a viva? This essential
handbook carefully guides the student through the entire
dissertation process from start to finish, offering clear,
straightforward and practical advice. Biggam uses clear
illustrations of what students should do- or not do - to reach
their full potential, helping them to succeed with their
dissertation and avoid common pitfalls along the way. Thoroughly
updated, this popular book takes the student from research
proposal, through literature reviews, research methods, and writing
up, referencing and avoiding plagiarism, through to submission and
marking, featuring: * New chapter on `Introducing the Master's
Dissertation' focusing on the skills you need to succeed * New
material on Contextual Review for computer science, art and
performance art students * Updated material on the benefits of
using university library databases and social media in research *
Expanded advice on the emotional journey and where to find
assistance and support * New Research Methods chapter for art,
drama and computer science students This is key reading for any
social science, business, humanities or healthcare student required
to complete a dissertation as part of their studies. It will also
prove useful for undergraduate students considering postgraduate
studies and for supervisors facilitating dissertation supervision.
"This book is a really excellent and friendly guide through the
Master's dissertation process. It is clearly and engagingly written
and easily understandable to a student. It also guides students
gently from a general understanding in the first chapter, down to a
significant level of detail in each subsequent chapter with worked
examples and relevant practical tips. It also usefully highlights
common mistakes. The book presents a realistic view of undertaking
a Master's degree, presenting the generic skills needed for success
and acknowledging that life outside the dissertation is complex,
messy, and can sometimes get in the way! It is particularly useful
and relevant to my students as, unlike many other books on this
topic, it does not ignore practice-based forms of research, in fact
the book includes a substantial chapter on practice-as-research in
the creative disciplines. This chapter includes software alongside
creative arts and is therefore particularly suitable for inter- or
multi-disciplinary postgraduates using technology to enhance their
existing understanding of a subject (or their practice) through
research. I also really like the fact that the chapter on Abstracts
is at the end (where it belongs!) and that students are explicitly
told to write it last - no matter how many times I tell my students
this, it is a common and recurring mistake!" Daisy Abbott, School
of Simulation and Visualisation, The Glasgow School of Art, UK "The
dissertation component of a Master's programme can be very daunting
for students. In this book John Biggam demystifies both the
concept, and process of a dissertation. Biggam clearly explains the
different parts of a dissertation, and offers a pragmatic structure
which can be used by students to help frame their ideas. Also, the
guidance given in the book is written in a reassuring tone which is
never patronising. The summary on good practise in dissertation
writing should be particularly useful during the planning stage,
and as a final check for students." Dr Donna Murray SFHEA, Head of
Taught Student Development, Institute for Academic Development, The
University of Edinburgh, UK
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