A dissertation is a final year project and another form of assessment that differs from other module assessments like essays and exams. With the dissertation, students are expected to produce a high quality paper. They have to produce a literature review, with the method for undertaking the study, write up their findings and discuss the outcomes of the research.
Dissertation, commonly known as thesis, is an important part in the educational experience of the undergraduate or graduate student. College professors view it as a cumulative effort, a representative of the whole educational experience of the students. Its quality is measured based on different criteria, which includes: format, consistency, language development, source quality and overall presentation. Even a simple error in this kind of document can have a big difference between a publishable dissertation and a document that is quickly dismissed and not given a second look.
For a very long time, undergraduates and graduate students have been challenged by the researching and formatting requirements of theses and dissertations. There are also other challenges that students have to face like: inaccessible professors; busy librarians; and unskilled research assistants. But the most difficult element of developing a dissertation includes: understanding the formatting; creating effective bibliographies; and collecting and summarizing valuable research documents to provide support for the hypothesis postulated in the author’s introduction.
In making a dissertation there are several things that students need to remember:
- Undertake an extensive program of reading and research.
- Choose their own subject of study and define its nature and scope. This will demonstrate intellectual independence and originality.
- Engage in sustained analysis, interpretation and comparison of a substantial collection of data.
- Be able to present the result of research in a clearly written, academically rationally argued, logically organized and properly referenced form.
During the whole process of making the dissertation: the student will improve their subject expertise; good preparation for further study and research at postgraduate level; students will learn to work independently and methodically in a wide range of intellectually demanding context. Besides the ability to demonstrate intellectual, study, research and presentation skills that students were able to develop throughout their degree course, they will also be able to create something which they exclusively own.