Introduction and methodology

Introduction and methodology

  • Introduction - approximately 10 per cent of dissertation. Briefly describes other work in the area. Outlines general ideas. Suggests theoretical basis for your own work. Outlines and discusses your research question and the hypothesis supporting the intended research. Alternatively it states the main aim and objectives of the study. Sets out main themes. You may wish to write this chapter last.
  • Review of the background literature - approximately 20 per cent of dissertation. This critically analyses the relevant theories, key arguments or perspectives and current research. This is a very important section which establishes your primary research aims.
  • Design and methodology of the research - approximately 10 per cent of dissertation. In this chapter, you should explain and justify the research methods you have chosen to meet your primary research aims.
    • The methodology is the overall approach that underpins your research. You need to briefly explain this, showing you understand the meaning of quantitative and qualitative approaches.
    • The methods are the tools of data collection, such as questionnaires or interviews. You should outline what the methods involve and explain why you have selected them.

More help is available from your Learning Development Centre. You can also look at this excellent flowchart on dissertation structure from Strathclyde University.

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