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The Dissertation Defense Structure: 5 Things You Should Know

So what is this Dissertation according to Google?

For those who do not know, as stated by Google, this term usually means a long essay that is written on a particular subject, mostly written for the purpose of a diploma or a university degree.

  • For easy understanding:
  • To make it more easy and relative for you to understand, every student who wishes to graduate has to complete and submit a project report at the end of his/ her course, which they have to undertake and complete on their own.

    Whenever you write a dissertation, you need to keep in mind these five things,

  • The structure:
  • More or less this is the mostly followed structure for writing a dissertation.

    • Title page
    • Abstract
    • Acknowledgements
    • Content (includes chapters, table, figures, etc.)
    • Introduction
    • Literature Review
    • Research Methodology
    • Learnings/ Findings
    • Analysis & Interpretation
    • Conclusion
    • References
    • Appendices

    But still, before you start off with it, it is always advisable to get to know the structure that your university would prefer.

  • Writing an abstract:
  • You may be well aware of as to what an abstract is, so I will take you through the important points alone. It is the shortest part of your thesis, where people follow two ways to write it, one, if they are aware of the theme of their project, they start writing their dissertation with this (which many do), else they write it at the last, after completing the entire dissertation (which very few people do). But when writing an abstract always remember to know your work well and craft it well, because this is what many people focus to get to know your project very quickly.

  • Literature review part:
  • This is where you need to start our work with. But before you start with it, you will have to do some homework. You will have to get to know what you want to do/ research, in general. Then search for the already done works in your field of interest, read them, understand how far the works have been done. Do some more research to finalize if your work would be an extension of the current work or you would be a completely new one.

    Once these are done, you need to start writing this part where you would be mentioning the articles, journals, papers, etc. that are closely related to your area of research.

  • Writing research methodology:
  • This is the place where you need to find as to, what your sample size will be, who will be your samples, in what ways you will be collecting samples, which tools you will be using to do the research, setting hypothesis if required and so on. You need to mention these clearly so that anyone who reads it or wishes to make an extension of your project, it would be easy for them.v

  • Going to freelancers, right or wrong?
  • Freelancers are always available to help people with their work. In this case, they can help you get certain things done, like researching literature review or writing certain part or the entire part. Trust me, by giving this work to a freelancer, surely your work will be completed easily, but the main purpose of doing this is to learn, implement, in an independent way, will be lost. Just sit back and think for a moment, “What is it that you will get out of doing this?” You gain nothing by approaching freelancers to get this work done. Instead, if you do this work yourself, it would mean a lot, you can get to know a lot out of it.

  • Conclusion:
  • So when you start writing your dissertation keep the points mentioned above in mind, they will be of high use to you, provided you do your homework of getting to know and complete the work all by yourself.