Structure of Dissertation
Each of the assessment categories is explained below. Please review these criteria as you draft each chapter of the Research Project. Your supervisor will use these criteria in assessing your project.
Introduction, Research Aim, Objectives and Research Questions:
The introduction sets out clearly and logically to present the research problem.
Background information has been adequately provided. Definitions of all relevant terms and concepts have been included.
he research topic is able to contribute to knowledge and includes justification for the purpose of the study.
The research aim is focussed and reflects the main conceptual framework of the study.
The research questions and objectives are derived from the research gaps and go beyond mere description to involve explanation, comparison, criticism or evaluation. ? The objectives are achievable and measurable. Hypotheses (if included) are correctly written and are testable.
The literature review includes valid, relevant, up-to-date academic resources and peer reviewed journal articles of sufficient academic weight.
A critical review of the literature is demonstrated using relevant sources, key academic ideas, explanations, concepts, models and theories.
Evaluation is carried out rather than a description of the literature to dig deeper into the theories.
Gaps in current knowledge are clearly identified and conclusions are made. ? Relevant theoretical constructs/ frameworks are formulated within this chapter. Key themes and issues surrounding the research questions are clearly drawn from the literature.
Research Design and Methodology:
The chapter includes a clear rationale for the research design and methodology.
It explicitly states and justifies the approach that has been chosen for the data collection process.
The research design and/ philosophy, research methods, sampling methods, sample size are discussed in detail. ? Relevant literature and critical evaluation have been utilised to justify the choice of methodology.
The constraints or limitations of the chosen methods are identified