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Your Undergraduate Dissertation in Health and Social Care

Your Undergraduate Dissertation in Health and Social Care

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July 2009 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Your Undergraduate Dissertation in Health and Social Care provides a practical step-by-step guide to both the theoretical and practical aspects of the process of doing an undergraduate dissertation, equipping the reader with all the skills necessary to plan, conduct and write up a research project successfully.

This is a revised edition of Nicholas Walliman's best-selling Your Undergraduate Dissertation, which has been specially tailored to the needs of those studying health, social care and related subjects. All the central topics are covered, with comprehensive information and guidance on crucial issues such as ethics, research governance and appraising the quality of the evidence. Relevant 'real life' examples are also included, drawn from a wide range of settings.

This guide offers a genuinely accessible and supportive source of advice that will be welcomed by undergraduates in working towards their final year dissertation in health and social care.

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What's It All For?
What Types of Dissertations Are There?
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?
Where and How Do I Get Hold of All the Necessary Background Information?
How Can I Manage All the Notes?
Arguments - Why Do I Need Them?
What Sorts of Data Will I Find?
Appraising the quality of the evidence
What's All This About Ethics?
What’s all this about research governance?
How Do I Get Hold of Data?
What Do I Do with the Information When I've Got It?
When Do I Need To Combine Data Collection with Analysis?
How Can I Create a Mini World To Manipulate?
What About Referencing?
Writing It Up
How on Earth Can I Manage such a Long Piece of Writing?
What Can I Do To Make My Work Look Interesting and Easy To Read?
Who Else Might Be Interested in My Writing?


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The text is difficult to read and there are far more engaging books on this subject. Really not applicable to widening participation students.

Amanda Lee
Health, Global Banking School
February 18, 2022

I will be recommending this book for health care degree learners. The book is set out well and has a variety of information that is useful not only when preparing for dissertation in both health care and social work. Some sections go beyond dissertation and thus also can be an invaluable reference book when in professional practice.

Miss Sam Ford
Health and Social Care, South Essex College
October 3, 2014

this text is recommended for all Undergraduate students about to embark on their major project

Mrs Carol Ellis
Health , Anglia Ruskin University
October 31, 2012

very helpful book easy to navigate.

Mrs Julie Hoskin
Nursing and Midwifery, Sheffield Hallam University
April 20, 2011

This the perfect text for our public health department's junior year writing course.

Mr Christie Barcelos
Sch Of Public Hlth Hlth Sci, University of Massachusetts
April 11, 2011

This book was sent during the summer when I was unable to review it in enough depth. However I shall be suggesting it as a supplemental text

Dr Chris Mamo
Social and General, Cork Institute of Technology
August 13, 2010

This book will be recommended to our students. It contains some invaluable chapters that students will find useful.

Dr Obrey Alexis
School of Health and Social care, Oxford Brookes University
July 12, 2010

This is a useful text which contains valuable information for all undergraduate students completing their dissertaion. I have given it a personal recomendation to a number of students who have learning differences as I feel it will benefit them particualrly.

In addition to midwifery students, I will also be recomending this text to nursing, radipgraphy and social work students I am in contact with during Interprofessional learning modules.

Mrs Haz Hughes
Health , University Campus Suffolk
November 12, 2009

A book I have recommended to several students enbarking on writing their dissertation. No feedback as yet as to whether sudents have found it useful.

Dr Christopher Biela
Health , Canterbury Christ Church University
November 12, 2009

Presented in a question and answer ‘manual’ style text this book is a must have for undergraduates wishing to get a successful grasp on the complex field of research. It offers a clear introduction to various types, approaches and methods used and accepted within the discipline of Health and Social Care. Te title of the book does not do the text justice - it would be advisable to obtain this user friendly read before approaching any written paper/essay involving research, and can then be referred to during extended projects as a guide to focus and keep on track!! With plenty of suggested further reading this book makes a great companion on an otherwise, LONELY journey.

Miss Joanne Skellern
Nursing , Chester University
October 26, 2009

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