Lecturers, request your electronic inspection copy here
'This is a refreshing and inspiring book, of equal value to both the anxious and the ambitious student'
- Lucinda Becker, Department of English Literature, University of Reading
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.
SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, quizzes and videos on study success!
Nicholas Walliman is a qualified architect and Senior Lecturer in the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University and a researcher associate in the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development. After many years of practice in architecture in the UK and abroad, he returned to academic life to do his PhD. This experience raised his interest in research theory and methods, and he was subsequently asked by the university to write a distance learning course to guide postgraduate students embarking on research degrees. This course provided the raw material and incentive for writing this book. He has subsequently published several other books on research theory and methods for students and practitioners at various levels of expertise. He is currently conducting research with a team of architects and environmental scientists as part of the Oxford Brookes Institute for Sustainable Development. They are engaged in nationally and internationally funded projects on a range of aspects of building technology, such as energy saving building envelope design, mitigation of the effects of floods on buildings and advanced construction methods. He has published numerous research papers on aspects of architectural technology. He is also supervising several PhD and Masters students. Despite this emphasis on science and technology, his work with research students covers many other aspects of architecture and its relationship to society, such as vernacular architecture, the effects of westernisation, architectural education, conservation, administration and sustainable design.
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? References Index