Structuring and Formatting Your Dissertation
A dissertation is academic writing focused on research, which is done as part of students’ undergraduate degree studies. The dissertation’s makeup is determined by the topic you are exploring. However, it is mostly sectioned into a minimum of four to five chapters. Most papers have the following in their structures;
- Introduction section
- Literature’s review analyzing relevant information sources
- Methodology explanation
- Result’s overview of the research
- Discussions on results and implications
Writing the Different Dissertation Structure’s Parts
Every section is written uniquely to avoid mixing up information. So, how then should you put down the sections?
It has a title, name of the student, date, institution, student’s department and your degree course. At times it even has the professor's name and student's contact number.
It’s a dissertation’s summery and not longer than 300 words. Always write it towards the end after completing the whole dissertation. State the primary topics and the dissertation’s aim. Then provide a description of the methods applied and result’s summery. Lastly, state the conclusion.
This part is explains the topic, aim, and its relevance. Also, it clarifies the reader’s expectations. Therefore, establish the topic and provide background detail. Then, narrow it and elucidate the extent of your research. Make it catchy and exciting to read. Always focus on gaining the reader’s interest to read more of the paper.
A literature review
Always, when doing your research, we first do a review to understand and other academic studies under the same topic. We do this to collect data sources and choose relevant information from journals. It is an evaluation of sources while finding connections to the paper. Check whether the sources have substantial connection to your themes and ideas.
It’s a section that shows how you carried out your research and offer validity to the readers. Generally, include your approach method such as quantitative, ethnographic, or qualitative. Also, it must have data collection methods, including surveys and interviews, and data analysis methods. Lastly is the mention of any challenges encountered during research.
Results and the Discussion
Here, you report any results related to the research objective. In some cases, results are separated from the discussion. On the other hand, discussion contains exploration of its implications of results relevant to the questions. It is an interpretation of the results and if the expectations were met. Explain in detail to support your argument while refereeing to the sources.
Conclusion and Reference List
The conclusion sums up the dissertation. It answers the research question for readers’ understanding. Conclude with a reflection. Add recommendations if necessary. Lastly, the reference list is made to give credit to the owners of sources used. It also adds to the credibility of your paper.
Proofread the Dissertation
Always have a habit of doing the last touch by reading through the paper. Check for mistakes and correct them. It will help you reduce the chances of leaving simple mistakes. It is bad for your paper to be deemed low quality because of minor mistakes.