Working on a postgraduate dissertation effectively
The dissertation is an academic paper that every student must complete before they can receive their college diplomas. Writing this paper is tough, it is not an easy task to accomplish, a fact that many students can attest to. One of the most difficult aspects of writing a post graduate dissertation is the level of professionalism required of students, something many are not accustomed to.
To effectively complete a post graduate dissertation, there are many things that a student should know. First of all, many students have the misconception that they must work on their paper alone, this is not true. You are quite free to acquire all the assistance you can find as you proceed to complete your paper. Consider the following points to give you a general understanding of the processes involved in effectively writing a post graduate dissertation:
- Selection of a suitable topic
Choosing a good topic can be a serious game changer for an author, especially one new to the act of writing academic papers. A good topic will have two very important traits, firstly, the author will enjoy working with it, either because of personal interests or a new found one. Secondly, a topic must be of relevance to the academic world, or society as a whole, making it worthy of spending resources to study it.
- Formulation of an effective hypothesis.
The hypothesis is a bold assumption about a particular subject or a statement identifying a particular problem or mystery surrounding a subject. In both cases, the statement should be formed in such a manner that it clearly identifies the intentions of the researcher, either by presenting a condition to be tested or a mystery to be solved.
- Development of a strategic plan of action
The methods by which you test your theory are just as important as the theory itself and careful attention must be paid when selecting them. You do not want to go through extensive work, only to find in the end that you finding will not be approved by the academic community. To help avoid this, you should take a good look at the methods used by professionals in your field and use these where possible in your project.
- Thorough data collection
Collecting data can be a tough, time consuming task, quite possibly a stressful one, however, it is necessary in just about any research venture. When gathering data, you should devise a plan that dictates the data you need and the reasons why. Do your best not to omit necessary fields from you tests, possibly ruining you experiment.
- Objective analysis
After gathering data, you must set out to analyze and put meaning to it, with respect to your stated hypothesis. This can be done in many ways, most usually by plotting the data out in graphs, or other forms of information representation, then sitting and inferring its meaning. To help with this phase, it is useful to have a friend or peer present, to help maintain objectivity in your findings.