Some general guidelines for a Dissertation Proposal by zti51661

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									L-UNIVERSITA’ TA’ MALTA                            UNIVERSITY OF MALTA
MSIDA – MALTA                                              MSIDA – MALTA
Il-FAKULTA’ TAL-LIGI                                    FACULTY OF LAWS
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Some general guidelines for a Dissertation Proposal



  1. A dissertation should not be seen or treated as a necessary evil. Like
     tests, assignments and exams, the dissertation is an integral part of the
     studies you have voluntarily chosen to pursue. Do not forget that it
     may constitute the only publication you shall leave behind you and
     future students may consult it.


  2. The dissertation should achieve at least these three inter-related
     objectives :
        a. to assist in the academic development of the student;
        b. to be of academic utility to the Faculty and in some way to
           society generally;
        c. to assist in the advancement of knowledge.


  3. A dissertation cannot simply narrate a given situation. A thesis is not
     a narration, a review, an outline or a re-statement of facts or a
     collection of other writers’ opinions. A dissertation involves original
     research and must present a new approach or a new critical analysis
     with fresh ideas.


  4. It is often useful to address your dissertation proposal by formulating
     your objectives in question form. One should ask: what new
     conceptual or analytical target am I trying to achieve? What is my
     objective in pursuing this line of study?          What new idea or
   proposition shall I be able to achieve, show or prove in undertaking
   research in this direction?


5. The Dissertation Proposal must specify clearly the Dissertation
   Objectives which can be ONE of the following:

         i) to prove or disprove a theory in law generally based on the
         application of data or quantitative information
         sourced by the student from a real concrete situation in Malta
         or overseas. Hence to make the relevant conclusions
         contrasting the theory/literature with actual practice as
         evidenced by the data sourced.


         ii) to apply an existing theorem or body of regulations/law to a
         practical situation or situations in Malta or overseas based on
         the student sourcing actual qualitative or quantitative data.
         Hence to make the relevant conclusions contrasting
         theory/literature with actual practice evidenced by the data or
         situations sourced by the student.


6. The dissertation should identify the current literature concerning the
   topic proposed for research, review it, and apply the current literature
   to the actual situation or situations being analysed with clear
   conclusions and possible recommendations for enhancement. Hence
   the dissertation's most important part is its analytical content and not
   its descriptive content.

7. The dissertation title proposed must reflect accurately the proposed
   dissertation content and vice-versa. A dissertation whose text content
   does not completely and accurately reflect the title forwarded will be
   penalised.

8. The proposed dissertation's research methodology and approach should
   be made clear in the dissertation: this means how will the research
   needed to prepare the dissertation be carried out? (via literature
   review? Using Primary, secondary or tertiary sources of literature? via
   a survey? opinion-based or based on a scientific sample of the
   proposed population? Using which survey instrument or instruments?
   etc)

9. The proposed literature review should constitute at least one chapter of
   the dissertation proposed. The review of the existing literature should
   not be limited to laws and regulations but must also include text books
   citations, magazine and journal articles and material from reputable
   web-sites on the internet. Also when using books and the internet you
   SHOULD NOT copy material and state that the material copied is yours
   but you have to quote or put down references. Plagiarism – whether
   minor or substantial - is unacceptable as much as it is illegal.


10. The review of the literature must accurately reflect the title of the
    dissertation.


11. These guidelines are additional to the University and Course rules
   and guidelines. Students are expected to be aware of these
   guidelines and to implement them.



12. Every part of the form below should be completed otherwise it will
    not be accepted.
                     FORM FOR SUBMISSION OF TITLE
                     AND PROPOSAL FOR M.A IN LAWS


NAME:               ______________________________________________________


   I.     PROPOSED TITLE:

          _______________________________________________________________


          _______________________________________________________________


          _______________________________________________________________

   II.    TENTATIVE OUTLINE AND DESCRIPTION: (Around 2,000 words)
          (To be given on a separate sheet)


   III.      MATERIAL CONSULTED IN PREPARATION OF THE RESEARCH
             PROPOSAL AND BIBLIOGRAPHY: (To be given on a separate sheet.
             Please include bibliography)


   III.      PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE CONSULTED A MEMBER
             OF THE FACULTY OF LAWS. KINDLY INDICATE HERE THE
             NAME OF THE MEMBER THAT YOU HAVE CONSULTED:
             ______________________________________________


   IV.       PLEASE INDICATE HEREUNDER THE FULL NAME OF AUTHOR
             AND TITLE OF ANY THESES/DISSERTATIONS ON THE SUBJECT
             OR SIMILAR THERETO:

             ____________________________________________________________


             ____________________________________________________________


N.B. PLEASE NOTE FACULTY BOARD APPOINTS SUPERVISORS AND HENCE STUDENTS SHOULD NOT
EXPECT THAT THE ACADEMIC MEMBER CONSULTED WILL NECESSARILY BE THEIR SUPERVISOR



_________________________                      _________________________
       Date                                          Signature
 FOR COMPLETION BY THE FACULTY MEMBER CONSULTED AND FOR
     FURTHER TRANSMISSION TO THE HEAD OF DEPARTMENT
                        CONCERNED

            PROPOSED M.A IN LAWS DISSERTATION TITLE
                       COMMENTS FORM
                 (FACULTY MEMBERS OF STAFF)


NAME OF STUDENT: ___________________________________________________



PROPOSED TITLE: _____________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________



NAME OF ACADEMIC MEMBER: ________________________________________


COMMENTS FROM FACULTY MEMBER OF STAFF                      REGARDING
PROPOSED TITLE, PROPOSAL AND BIBLIOGRAPHY:




DEPARTMENT: ________________________________________________________


SIGNATURE OF ACADEMIC MEMBER:__________________________________

DATE: _________________________________________________________________

								
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