Writing a dissertation: creating a good plan
Writing a dissertation may seem easier for some but trust me, “you won’t get through it so easily” if you don’t follow some basic steps. The most important thing required to do it is to have a strong motivation. If you choose the topic from your own field of interest, the motivational level will automatically rise. There are some important steps which help in completing the research in a smooth and uninterrupted way.
- Setting the goal:
- Literature review:
- Structure of your research:
- Title and Research question:
- Outline the plan:
You must first set the focus of research. Sometimes, the idea of research is quite vague and if carried on without making it clear, it creates a lot of mess while conducting it. Focus is acquired when you know the goal and purpose of your dissertation.
Literature review will help you getting a grip on your topic and also knowledge of existing body of research on your topic. It directs your research and gives clear focus. It sheds light on gaps that need to be filled on a topic. What lacks in previous body of knowledge and in what way your research will contribute.
Structure of the research depends mainly on what you intend to know. Structure involves the pattern and approach that will be used to carry out research. Approach is the method that will be used to conduct the research. It will be qualitative, quantitative or both depending upon the direction and goal of research. You also need to build a theoretical background. What theory best applies to your topic and will provide basis to your research. It leads you to the title of your research.
Title and Research question are representatives of your research. The best title and research question are those which not only depict the focus of research but also reflect the approach that is used in the research. It is really important to get advice from the supervisor while designing title and research question.
There is an outline plan of the research which divides it into main parts and thus, makes it more understandable. Following is the outline which is usually followed:
Introduction includes describing what your research is addressing. It explains the concepts, theoretical background, and review of the related studies.
What method/approach will be used to find the results?
Explain the findings of your research. What complications did it face? Did it give the expected results or were there also some unexpected finding. All shall be concluded in this section.
It is best to give references and also give some review of the study.