If you used particular equipment, processes, or materials, you will need to be clear and precise in how you describe them.You must give enough detail for another researcher to replicate your study.“I know I’m good at writing so I can leave it to later”.
In addition to the research context, there may be other relevant contexts to present for example: It can be difficult to identify the best order for sections in this chapter because the rationale for your choice of specific research question can be complicated, and there may be several inter-linked reasons why the research is needed.
It is worth taking time to develop a logical structure as this will help to convince examiners of the relevance of your research, and that you understand its relevance.
The good news is that you have already started writing if you have written any of the following in relation to this study: In each case the object of the writing was to communicate to yourself, your supervisors, or to others, something about your work.
In writing your dissertation you will draw on some of this earlier writing to produce a longer and more comprehensive account.
Attending to the very restrictive word / space limit, while at the same including all the relevant material is quite a challenge.
It might be useful to look at how others have managed.The Abstract is an important element of the thesis, and will become a document in its own right if the thesis is registered within any database.The examiners will therefore assess your Abstract both as part of your thesis, and as a potentially independent document.This Study Guide addresses the task of writing a dissertation.It aims to help you to feel confident in the construction of this extended piece of writing, and to support you in its successful completion.You will need it to be succinct, specific, descriptive, and representative of the research you have done.There is likely to be a required format for the title page in your discipline, so you need to check what that is.The process of having to describe your study in detail, in a logical sequence of written words, will inevitably highlight where more thought is needed, and it may lead to new insight into connections, implications, rationale, relevance, and may lead to new ideas for further research.Barras (196) suggests that you ‘think of your report as part of your investigation, not as a duty to be undertaken when your work is otherwise complete’, and this Study Guide suggests that: writing is an integral part of the research process.Reading the acknowledgements in other dissertations in your field will give you an idea of the ways in which different kinds of help have been appreciated and mentioned.The contents pages will show up the structure of the dissertation.