Tanner Leod February 5, 2021 Dissertation
Next remember that your plan will have to change as you start working on your dissertation. So keep flexibility in mind at all times. Now come up with a list of all of the tasks you need to complete to ensure that your dissertation is finalised. This could include for example, carry out internet search, produce list of research questions, consult text books on research methodologies, draw up questionnaire, etc.
Remain focused, the biggest challenge of writing an effective dissertation introduction is to keep it concise and to remain focused. Rambling on about irrelevant concepts will result in an introduction that is unfocused. An overly lengthy introduction can get you off to a poor start, creating a bad first impression on the reader.
Firstly think about your time availability. Realistically how much time do you have available to you for the completion of this dissertation? An academic term can seem like a lifetime but in reality it is probably about 12 weeks. There are 168 hours in a week. Take away the time you need for sleeping, eating and other elements of daily living and see what time you have left. It will probably be between 6 and 8 hours. Now think about the other demands on your time. You may find that you have other assignments to complete for your other modules, other lectures to attend and seminars to participate in. With a dissertation you cannot simply decide to priorities by deadline.
A smaller essay for another module that has an earlier deadline cannot take priority over your dissertation all of the time because the level of work required to complete your dissertation successfully will be significantly greater than the time needed to finalise your smaller essay. So look at the hours available to you each day between now and your dissertation deadline. Factor in the time needed for other activities and other academic assignments or commitments and see what you have left. Now block out the time available to you as dissertation time. By doing this visually, i.e. on a calendar, you are more likely to stick to this timetable of action.
Can this dissertation topic be solved? Is the topic too broad and would be hard to study? You do not want to begin your research and discover that it would take a ten years or even more to investigate the dissertation topic. During this time, another person could pick out this same topic or resolve the issue using completely different procedures. Also, do the research to discover if this problem can even be settled. How terrible would it be if you spent many months or even years on investigation to find out that the matter was never solvable to begin with?
Work out the order in which you need to complete these tasks. Now allocate a time allowance for the completion of each task. Perhaps task 1 will take you 1 day to complete, task 2 may take 0.5 days, etc. Slot these tasks into the time you have allocated yourself for dissertation work on your calendar. By doing this you have set yourself a number of interim deadlines to complete each crucial dissertation task. The overall task in hand should now feel more manageable.