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Khan Academy. Ken Robinson: 10 talks on education. Choosing a dissertation topic – citylibresearchers. I have recently completed an MA in Academic Practice degree run by the Learning Enhancement and Development Team at City, University London.

Choosing a dissertation topic – citylibresearchers

The Academic Practice course is a mixture of theory, practice and reflection aimed at internal and external academic staff, professional staff, library staff and some research students who teach. Written? Kitten!

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Academic Skills for HE. Dissertation Webpages. The Final Chapter. About this site. About this site Introduction This resource provides support and guidance for personal study and to help you through the dissertation process.

About this site

It deals with some of the common questions, concerns and practical issues that undergraduate students come across when completing their social science-based dissertation or final year project.1 The content for the site was written by academic and support staff who have a particular interest in this area and have a great deal of experience in supervising undergraduate dissertations in the fields of sociology, anthropology, politics, criminology, social policy and social work. The site has not been produced with the aim of providing a set of definitive answers. Instead, we recognise there are many ways in which the journey through the process can be completed. Piecing together your dissertation. Planning and conducting a dissertation research project. This guide addresses the task of planning and conducting a small research project, such as for an undergraduate or masters’ level dissertation.

Planning and conducting a dissertation research project

It aims to help you develop a clear sense of direction early on in the project, and to support you in organising, planning, and monitoring your project. The companion guide Writing a dissertation focuses on the preparation of the written report or thesis. Introduction. Many subjects now offer final year students the option of submitting a long essay or dissertation.


An undergraduate dissertation will usually be 5000 words in length. For many students, this will not only be the longest piece of writing they have done at university but the longest piece of writing they will do in their lives. A piece of writing this long requires a different sort of approach than a standard undergraduate essay. DIssertations. Engage - The interactive research resource for bioscience undergraduates. !

Engage - The interactive research resource for bioscience undergraduates

This web site has been designed to help science undergraduate students with advice and assistance on the most important aspects of scientific research you'll be involved in. Whether you're interested in research in general and want more information, or you're struggling with statistical analyses, you'll find the information here. You'll also find worked examples, exercises with answers, help sheets and quick quizzes to help you gauge your understanding. Use the main entries in the menu on the left hand side to guide you through the process of research. Doing a Dissertation in Economics – help and guidance - Studying Economics. Planning Your dissertation is likely to be the biggest project you do at University, taking up anything from 8000 to 15000 words.

Doing a Dissertation in Economics – help and guidance - Studying Economics

It involves research, time, efficiency and dedication. You don’t have timetabled slots in the week to work on the dissertation, but it is not a light option. Doing Research. Choosig your Subject Notes. Ways to come up with a research question: browsing through journal contents. Anything you were sceptical about. Ways to come up with a research question: Listen to what other are planning. Being Original. Coming up with a research question. In a small number of cases students may not have to think of their own research question as they are fitting within a larger project, but the vast majority of students do have to think of their own research question when it's time to do their dissertation.

Coming up with a research question

These mini-videos follow two students, both using a different approach to generating a research question. Anything you were sceptical about Follow this student as she thinks back over her course and identifies something she was sceptical about, and develops her research question from there. Watch the video... 3 Mins 12 Secs. Understanding Research Methods - University of London & SOAS University of London. About this course: This MOOC is about demystifying research and research methods.

Understanding Research Methods - University of London & SOAS University of London

It will outline the fundamentals of doing research, aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at the postgraduate level. CASP Tools & Checklists. This set of eight critical appraisal tools are designed to be used when reading research, these include tools for Systematic Reviews, Randomised Controlled Trials, Cohort Studies, Case Control Studies, Economic Evaluations, Diagnostic Studies, Qualitative studies and Clinical Prediction Rule.

CASP Tools & Checklists

These are free to download and can be used by anyone under the Creative Commons License. CASP Checklists (click to download) Some Study Designs..... What is a Systematic Review? Frequently there will have been more than one study addressing a particular health question. Setting boundaries around your reading. Targeted Reading and Use of Evidence - UniRdg_Library's library. Academic Writing. Academic Writing at University.

Critical thinking and reflection - a student resource. Showing critical analysis in a report : Skills Hub: University of Sussex. According to tutors who mark reports the discussion of the findings has the most potential for gaining high marks and demonstrating critical analysis.

Showing critical analysis in a report : Skills Hub: University of Sussex

However, students often loose marks in this area because they don’t: Critically analyse the findingsLink the findings to the background researchShow how the findings answer the brief Read summary of video script - critical analysis questions (Show) Critical Analysis Questions. Tips for writing a critical essay. Bradford Uni Teach Yourself Critical Analysis. What is critical writing.

For a printer-friendly PDF version of this guide, click here It is common for feedback on student writing to focus on the need to engage more critically with the source material. Typical comments from tutors are: ‘too descriptive’, or ‘not enough critical analysis’. This Study Guide gives ideas for how to improve the level of critical analysis you demonstrate in your writing.

Other Study Guides you may find useful are: What is Critical Reading? Using Paragraphs and The Art of Editing. What is critical writing? The most characteristic features of critical writing are: Study Skills: Structuring an Argument. Academic Writiing. Academic Phrasebank. Linking Ideas and Paragraphs. Structuring Paragraphs Screencast. Structuring your essay - UniRdg_Library's library. LSE Government – How do you write a Dissertation? Advice from a graduate. LSE Government graduate Jack Winterton, former LSE UPR Editor, Winner of the 2016 Department of Government Dissertation Prize and LSE LIFE Student Adviser, shares his reflections on writing a third year undergraduate research paper. Literature Review HQ - How to write your literature review: Writing, organisation and motivation tips from the experts. Evaluating your practice Archives - Students 4 Best Evidence.

To be, or not to be doing a PhD (that is the question?) I’m constantly surprised (although I don’t know why) at the ability of a PhD program to trigger a full blown existential crisis. While most of the time the feelings will pass, sometimes the crisis is a good thing – it’s your subconcious speaking and you’d be advised to listen. Image by @textsfromyourexistentialist Last week an ANU student, let’s call her Lisa, visited me during my scheduled office hours (it’s from 4pm to 5pm on Mondays for any ANU students reading this). Lisa wanted to see me because she was wondering whether she should quit.

As I usually do in this situation, I asked her why she had started the PhD in the first place. Big mistake. As Kate from the Music for Deckchairs blog recently said to me, a PhD is the worst back up plan ever. Ten things I wish I'd known before starting my dissertation. The sun is shining but many students won't see the daylight. Because it's that time of year again – dissertation time. Luckily for me, my D-Day (dissertation hand-in day) has already been and gone. But I remember it well. The 10,000-word spiral-bound paper squatted on my desk in various forms of completion was my Allied forces; the history department in-tray was my Normandy.

Ten search engines for researchers that go beyond Google. Using search engines effectively is now a key skill for researchers, but could more be done to equip young researchers with the tools they need. Here, Dr Neil Jacobs and Rachel Bruce from Jisc’s digital infrastructure team share their top ten resources for researchers from across the web. Every click of the mouse, every search box, needs to work hard to make the best use of a researcher’s time.

For each gem of a resource that a researcher discovers, there may be a dozen abandoned web pages, armies of half-read abstracts and false leads. Knowing how, and where, to search for resources is vital for saving time and getting quickly to the results that matter. One of the best ways to increase your hit-rate is by going beyond Google to a specific academic search engine or database. Here, we outline the top search engines and resources that work hard for researchers to help them get the figures, answers and arguments they need. Scientific queries.