Posted: July 23rd, 2022
|Assessment Type (Weighting)||15000 words Report, 100%|
|LO1||Demonstrate a masterly grasp of the topic area researched|
|LO3||Demonstrate skills of analysis, evaluation, critical reflection, synthesis and conceptualisation|
|LO4||Critically assess the results of the research against the objectives|
The dissertation is the final stage of the Masters degree and provides you with the opportunity to show that you have gained the necessary skills and knowledge in order to organise and conduct a research project. It should demonstrate that you are skilled in identifying an area, or areas, suitable for research: setting research objectives; locating, organising and critically analysing the relevant secondary data and authoritative literature; devising an appropriate research methodology; analysing the primary data selected and drawing on the literature in the field; drawing conclusions; and if appropriate making relevant recommendations and indications of areas for further research.
A dissertation is a ‘formal’ document and there are ‘rules’ that govern the way in which it is presented. It must have chapters that provide an introduction, a literature review, a justification of the data selected for analysis and research methodology, analysis of the data and, finally, conclusions and recommendations. Where the subject is based around a business or an applied situation recommendations for action may also be required.
Dissertations follow a standard format; an indication of the main structure and contents is given below:
Table of Contents
List of Tables
List of Figures
Additional elements, such as a glossary, may also be included.
Guidance on formatting and presentation requirements, including font sizes, line spacing, etc., will be available on Moodle; and useful resource is available on LEAP: https://www.bolton.ac.uk/leaponline/My-Academic-Development/My-Assessments/Writing-a-Dissertation.aspx.
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