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Dissertation

The dissertation should be an exposition of your own work and ideas. Since the subject areas of dissertations can be very diverse it is impossible to define a standard approach to content. However, the dissertation should include an introduction and definition of objectives, a review of relevant literature, an assessment of the problem followed by a description of your approach to solving it, your results or findings, analysis of your results, an intellectual discussion of your findings, the conclusions you have drawn from the discussion and finally recommendations for future work.

There is further information and additional resources on writing a dissertation on Moodle (FT students please go to the Study Skills Moodle pages.

Further information on presenting, structuring and compiling the dissertation is provided on following pages (see links above).

A bibliography is provided below, to help you in organising and writing the project dissertation.

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Furseth, I and Everett, E.U., "Doing your master's dissertation : from start to finish", SAGE, 2013
Gowers, Sir Ernest, “The Complete Plain Words”, revised edition by Sidney Greenbaum and Janet Whitcut, Penguin Books. 1987
Greenfield, Tony (ed), “Research methods: guidance for postgraduates”, Arnold, 1996, 1st edition.
Joyner, R.L., Rouse, W.A. and Glatthorn, A.A. "Writing the winning thesis or dissertation : a step-by-step guide." Corwin Press, 2013

Markel, M. "Writing in the technical fields : a step-by-step guide for engineers, scientists, and technicians". IEEE Press, c1994 (electronic).

Perry, C., “A Structured Approach for Presenting Theses”, http://www.aral.com.au/resources/cperry.pdf, 2002; Accessed May 2016

Rudestam, K. E. and Newton, R. R. “Surviving your dissertation : a comprehensive guide to content and process”, University.Sage Publication, 2015

Van Emden, J. & Easteal, J., “Technical Writing & Speaking; An Introduction”, McGraw Hill, 1996

Van Emden, J., “A Handbook of Writing for Engineers”, Palgrave, 1998.