The focus of this article will be on writing the dissertation – that is, producing the finished report.
The whole project and dissertation process can cause students a lot of grief.
You may have done all the right reading, have a waterproof design and brilliant data, but if you don’t allow yourself sufficient time for the write-up you will let yourself down.
Writing a dissertation is a much more involved process than the average assignment; you might occasionally have been able to burn the midnight oil over an essay but you are unlikely to be able to be able to keep up that level of intense writing for a longer piece of work.
For each stage/major finding, clearly summarize then discuss the conclusions you have reached, your reasoning, the relevant confirming and disconfirming literature, and the implications.
The inclusion of prelims and end matter is another way in which the dissertation differs from the more run of the mill piece of written work.
This will depend on the basis for the dissertation – research, project, work experience, whether you are exploring one issue, or several, or taking a critical overview – and we shall describe below different types of structures.
If you will be carrying out some kind of research or an organization-based project, you should be able to do some of the writing – at least in draft form – before or while you are doing your field work.
Also, note requirements as to what should go into the main body of the text – some organizations require you to put your methodology in the appendix for example.
You should also have a plan for how you do the writing, taking account of: You should start to think fairly early on how you will organize your work.