The Students Guide to Preparing Dissertations and Theses
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This practical guide has been designed to help any students who are required to prepare dissertations or theses, either as part of their courses or in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of research degrees. Based on his own experience in teaching, the author has produced a guide which covers everything the student wants to know - from layout of the title page to producing a bibliography. Clear examples for each layout and design suggestions are provided in every chapter.
Acknowledgement of the contributions and assistance of individuals by name should only be made when such assistance has been of a speci®c kind, which should be brie¯y indicated. Examples of forms of acknowledgement are given in Figure 5. Acknowledgements are contained within the normal side margins of the page, but the top and bottom margins may be adjusted depending on the length of the statement, providing those normal margins are not exceeded. The Acknowledgements page normally follows the
earlier version turned out to be more appropriate for your dissertation. 56 Getting your act together ± the key processes Don't just work on-screen Just about anyone who writes using a word-processor will tell you that it's still worth printing out versions now and then, and seeing how they look on paper. There are some editorial matters that can only be noticed on paper, and would not be noticed on-screen. Also, printing out your drafts on paper allows you to pass them on to other people who
such as questionnaires, interview schedules or tests, and deciding to whom to address the enquiries. A different kind of example is research into a particular technical process or development, which may be commissioned by, say, a chemical or engineering company. In all these examples, the researchers are employing their research experiences and skills to investigate issues in which they do not have a vested interest. Many departments in institutions of higher education undertake commissioned
thesis in partial or total ful®lment of the requirements for a MPhil or PhD research degree. Some dissertations resulting from the individual research requirements of taught Master's degree courses are at a similarly high level. Although the depth of content of a research project may vary from, for example, that carried out in school or at undergraduate level to that expected of a doctorate, the standard of presentation of a dissertation or thesis needs to be consistently high. Research journals
revising this edition, I have tried to retain as much as possible of the wisdom and expertise which the late Professor Allison brought to his original work. However, in the years since the last edition was published, a number of things have changed, not least the fact that most dissertations and theses nowadays are word processed rather than typed, and there have been signi®cant changes in the expected style and layout of dissertations and theses, re¯ected by the local practices and regulations