You may be given information about how to present your work. The Learning Support Guide to:
If not, then here is a useful layout guide:
· Contents page: chapters, appendices, tables, figures, etc. As part of your course, you may have to write a
· Introduction dissertation, project, case study or investigation.
· Chapters, in order Usually, it will be on a topic of your own choice,
· Conclusions requiring some primary and secondary data to be
· References quoted in the text
· Bibliography—books read but not cited collected, which will be followed by an analysis and
· Appendices including any questionnaires and charts evaluation. The complete work should be
· A list of tables approximately 10,000 to 15,000 words.
· A list of figures
Chapters should have a numerical layout, for example: Selecting Your Topic
Chapter 1 ...........................CD ROM Manufacturing
1.1.....................................Introduction You will need to have a very strong personal
1.2.1 ..................................Production layouts
interest in you research topic to keep up your
1.2.2 ..................................Materials handling motivation over the weeks. So when you are
Finally, be prepared to make judgements on your style. You will
selecting your topic, ask yourself:
have to edit, redraft, edit again, delete and edit many times.
But you will discover that this is worth doing in order to produce · Is it feasible?
precise, high quality research. · Can it be completed in the time you are
Need More Information? Check out the following websites: allotted?
www.uwe.ac.uk/library/resources/arch/architecture/dissertation_ · Is there data available?
guide.htm · Have you enough skills / knowledge or
the time to acquire them, e.g. statistical
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1 Floor, All Saints Minicom: 0161 247 3374 analysis?
Building Fax: 0161 247 6852 · Will you need money for expenses such
Oxford Road Email: email@example.com as travel and can you afford it?
Manchester Website: www.mmu.ac.uk/lsu · Is there a sufficient body of knowledge
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Your Proposal Your Supervisor
Your proposal should include the following: Sometimes you are allocated a supervisor or you may have
to find one for yourself. Find out early what your supervisor
· The area of study. Place it in context thinks his/her role is and how the supervision will be
carried out. A likely problem will be your false expectations
with related studies
of what support will be given you. Find out your
· The objectives of the research supervisor’s views to avoid this disappointment.
· A summary of important previous
research and methodologies You may think your supervisor is too prescriptive. However,
what is more likely is that you feel you aren’t receiving
· A description of your methodology,
enough positive support and encouragement and clear and
research, and analysis explicit instructions. Remember, your supervisor is there
only to guide you in your research, not to plan it, OK it and
It is also useful to include the following: then write it for you.
· The importance of the subject Analyse Your Data
· Assumptions underlying the research
Collecting and analysing data must be considered together
· The value of possible outcomes
before you start your research. You may convince yourself
· A timetable that your research is going well because you are gathering
so much information. Be careful you don’t delude yourself.
A Good Proposal Collecting data is a vital element but an even more
important one is the analysis of that data. Analyse your
How can you turn an average proposal into an
data to show that you have:
excellent proposal? You should:
· Carried out an original investigation
· Have an accurate and descriptive title · Worked independently
· Have clear aims · Achieved an adequate academic standard
· Demonstrate knowledge of the current, · Used appropriate techniques
pertinent literature · Made critical use of existing material
· Placed your findings in their wider context
· Describe your research methods and
mode of work clearly Your analysis may operate at a number of levels, for
· Have a plan of work that accurately example:
reflects the aims · Descriptive—similarities, differences, analogies
· Manage the amount of time you have · Establishing regularities—patterns, groupings, series
effectively · Causal—correlation and regression prediction.