Published on May 24, 2018
slide 1: Dissertation Structure Guide The dissertation writing process starts with understanding its structure and the importance of each section to your writing. 1. The Title Page The front page of your dissertation writing. Typically includes the committee names and the graduation month and year. 2. Abstract Found at the beginning of a dissertation writing the abstract is your summary of the research. The abstract is your comprehensive but concise summary of your dissertation. This section states the problem that your research was trying to answer what research methodology was used and the participants in the study. Your abstract should have a brief discussion of your findings implications conclusions limitations and recommendations. Ideally your abstract should provide an informative summary in 400 words or less. Your department may also require a structured abstract. This means that you will include a heading for every paragraph. You do not have to include tables bibliography and non-standard abbreviations unless there is a need to include them. Make the abstract clear and concise as much as it is captivating and interesting to read. 3. Introduction Your introduction sets the stage for your dissertation. In this chapter you will discuss your research topic the problem and your dissertation overview. This chapter intends to pick-up the pace and interest that your abstract has started. You should convince your reader that your research has relevance to its intended audience. A dissertation introduction describes the motivation for conducting the research. This section also defines the topic and narrows the scope to a specific niche. You will also describe the theoretical and practical relevance or value of your study. Describe your objective and problem statement. Your objective should state the purpose of the research and what is the end goal of your study. Indicate your primary research questions or hypotheses. Provide a brief description of your research methodology and procedures that were used to complete your research. There should also be a section where you will define the terms directly related to the research. Also include the limitations of the study and description of how the study and the chapters will be organized. 4. Literature Review A literature review should provide a discussion of the research materials related to the topic. Your aim is to show your understanding familiarity and expertise on the topic. You should establish the connection and relevance of your work to the reviewed literature and resolve any conflicting ideas in the past research. Your literature review should show why your research is needed to fill the gap in the previous studies or to provide a new perspective on the topic. 5. Methodology Chapter slide 2: After you have defined your research questions and provided you literature review comes your methodology section. Your methodology chapter defines the approach that you will use in your study and your justification for your methodology of choice. Provide a review of your research questions. You should show the relevance of your chosen methodology to the questions or problem that your study is trying to answer. It is advisable that you rephrase your research questions and not to restate them in the exact way you presented them at the start. Explain the approach and process for data gathering and analyzation. Provide a background and justification to your approach and clearly establish the limitations to your chosen method. Your description should be understandable enough for your reader to recreate your methodology. 6. Findings and Discussion After you have conducted your research and analyzed your data the next step is to present your findings and discuss the results. This is as equally important with other chapters in your dissertation if not the most important. This is the unveiling of what has been accomplished and discovered throughout the arduous process of your research. You can do separate sections for your findings and discussion or you can combine them whichever way you feel comfortable with or as per your department’s recommendation. When presenting your results or findings include literature supporting your interpretation. You will also look back on your methodology and make sure that each method has a corresponding result. Deciding on what results to include depends on how relevant they are to your research questions. There should be an order on how you present your findings. Decide on the best approach to present your findings. If you need to provide visuals like graphs or tables then do so. However do not overwhelm your reader with too much and irrelevant information. Be considerate of your reader. Your discussion section should provide the interpretation of your results as you are also answering your research questions. Your discussion should provide an explanation of your findings in the context of previous studies their significance and what new insights have been gained through your research. 7. Conclusion Your conclusion should highlight the contributions of your work to your research field. Provide a summary of the key points of your previous sections and give your recommendations for future studies. Finally include your bibliography or references and appendices that support your entire work. Still having challenges with your dissertation writing Connect with okdissertations today and talk with the experts.