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Your Undergraduate Dissertation

Your Undergraduate Dissertation
The Essential Guide for Success

Second Edition
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August 2013 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In the second edition of this best-selling guide, Nicholas Walliman provides expert, step-by-step advice on managing and developing a successful undergraduate project.  

This book takes you through each stage of your dissertation, answering questions including:

  • How do I choose an appropriate topic for my dissertation?
  • How do I write a research proposal?
  • What's a literature review, how do I conduct it and how do I write it up?
  • How can I ensure I'm an ethical researcher?
  • What methods of data collection are appropriate for my research question?
  • Once I have collected my data, what do I do?
  • What's the best structure for my dissertation?

Full of examples from real student projects, interdisciplinary case studies and illustrated with cartoons to make you smile along the way, this book will tell you all you need to know to write a brilliant dissertation.

Student Success is a series of essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to boosting your employability and managing your wellbeing, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. 

What's It All For?
What Types of Studies are Suitable for a Dissertation?
What Will It Be About?
How Do I Get Started?
What's All This about Philosophy?
How Do I Write a Proposal?
What About Working and Planning My Time?
How Can I Find and Review the Literature?
How Can I Manage All the Notes?
What's All This about Ethics?
What Sorts of Data Will I Find?
How Do I Collect Data?
How Do I Analyse Quantitative Data?
How Do I Analyse Qualitative Data?
Why Do I Need Arguments?
How Can I Manage Such a Long Piece of Writing?
What About Referencing?
How Can I Make My Work Look Interesting and Easy to Read?
Who Else Might Be Interested in My Writing?


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A useful guide for students undertaking their final year dissertation. Provides guidance on all aspects of the dissertation including data collection and how to write up the work.

Dr Rhiannon Packer
School of Psychology, Counselling and Early Years, University of South Wales
March 17, 2015

This was a great help to students coming to grips with their dissertation. It is an accessible text, and has a refreshingly practical approach.

Mr Neil Van Dokkum
Dept of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
March 10, 2015

A simple, straightforward and clear text that I shall be recommending to final year dissertation students. It will lessen the struggle!

Professor Jonathan Parker
Society and Social Welfare, Bournemouth University
January 30, 2015

Very good book for undergraduates preparing for the write-up and submission of dissertations

Dr George Varvatsoulias
Counselling, Newham College of Further Education
January 16, 2015

This book is an essential guide that aims at guiding undergraduate students in writing their final dissertations successfully.

Mrs Mpho Mbeo
Business Administration , Central University of Technology
August 13, 2015

I have found this book to be very useful when supervising students in their dissertation. It has helped me explain very clearly what it is they need to do in each aspect of their research project. I have also recommended to the students that they use this book due to the clear and accessible way that it has been laid out and written.

Miss Louise Kay
Department of Education, Huddersfield University
October 28, 2014

This is a great book for helping students to understand what is expected of them and helping to begin to plan their project. It is well structured and helps to alleviate their anxieties of getting started.

Dr Elaine Ritch
School of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University
October 2, 2014

It is not my style

Dr Patricia Garcia-Duran
International Law and Economy, University of Barcelona
September 25, 2014

It is not my style.

Dr Patricia Garcia-Duran
International Law and Economy, University of Barcelona
September 25, 2014

Very good primer and introduction to what doing a dissertation entails

Dr Andrzej Zieleniec
Sociology , Keele University
August 12, 2014

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