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An accessible guide to the most important academic writing skills a student needs to write successful undergraduate dissertations and project reports on any HE course. This book will give the reader a sound grounding on what the whole business of dissertation and report writing is about, and will provide instantaneous, easily accessible answers to specific questions on all of the most important areas of planning, researching, writing, revising and referencing a successful dissertation or report.
· Uses the tried & tested Brilliant style to deliver the most important & essential academic writing guidance to the new student.
· Delivers practical, directive guidance on the key areas that student lack confidence and skills in for immediate results.
· Instantaneous, easily accessible answers to specific questions on all of the most important areas of academic writing skills.
· Gives the reader a sound grounding on the whole business of successful academic writing.
Introduction: Do as we say not as we do
Part 1: Getting ready
Chapter 1: The challenges
Chapter 2: Deciding what to write about
Part 2: Getting organised
Chapter 3: How to prepare and submit a proposal
Chapter 4: Ways to stop wasting time
Chapter 5: Dissertation planning
Chapter 6: Planning your experimental project
Part 3: Finding and using information
Chapter 7: Information literacy
Chapter 8: Learning how to read
Chapter 9: Assessing the value of source material
Chapter 10: Turning reading into notes
Part 4: Research techniques
Chapter 11: Quantitative research
Chapter 12: Qualitative research
Chapter 13: Experiments and field trips
Chapter 14: The importance of critical thinking
Part 5: Numbers and data
Chapter 15: Working with numbers
Chapter 16: Working with and presenting data
Part 6: Plagiarism, referencing and ethics
Chapter 17: Never ever plagiarise
Chapter 18: Citations and references
Chapter 19: The ethical dimension
Part 7: The first draft
Chapter 20: Structuring your dissertation
Chapter 21: Structuring your report
Chapter 22: Academic writing
Part 8: Editing, revising and presenting
Chapter 23: The importance of the post-writing phases
Chapter 24: Making the most of feedback
Chapter 25: The importance of presentation
Develop key study skills to get the most out of your course.
Brilliant Dissertation is an accessible, practical guide to the most important and essential dissertation planning, researching and writing skills that any student needs. It will help you master and succeed in assessed dissertations or project reports on any university course.
This book will give you a sound grounding on what the whole business of researching, planning and writing a dissertation is about. It provides instantaneous, easily-accessible, practical advice and guidance on all of the most important academic skills that you will need to develop to get the most out of your course and maximise your final grade
Bill Kirton is an experienced lecturer and writer who most recently held the post of Royal Literary Fund Writing fellow at the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews, where he specialised in helping students across all subjects in developing their literary and academic writing and research skills. Bill is also a published author and respected ghostwriter who specialises in making information accessible to specific audiences.