Are you about to embark on a research project for the first time? Unsure which data collection methods are right for your study? Don't know where to start? By presenting the reader with a series of key research management questions, this book introduces the novice researcher to a range of research designs and data collection methods. Building an understanding of these choices and how they can impact on the dissertation itself will lead to a more robust and rigorous dissertation study. This book is designed to direct your research choices with informative text and key questions, advice from "virtual supervisors" and reflections from students. Lists of suggested further reading also help to support you on your journey to developing an organised and successful dissertation project. Researchers seeking support on their journey to a successful dissertation will find this book a valuable resource.
Elizabeth Laycock is a Professor of Stone Conservation at Sheffield Hallam University Tim Howarth is Senior Lecturer in Construction Management at Sheffield Hallam University Paul Watson is Professor of Building Engineering and Director of Partnership Development at Sheffield Hallam University. He was previously the Head of the Department of the Built Environment at Sheffield Hallam University.
1. Preparing for your Research Journey 2. The Dissertation Challenge 3. Doing the Dissertation - Beginning the Journey 4. The Role of the Supervisor 5. Introduction to the Dissertation Challenge 6. Research Concepts 7. The Practicalities of Primary Data Collection 8. Data Analysis and Presentation 9. Completing the Journey - Writing up and Assessment 10. Appendices
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