Full course description

This course aims to support and develop your dissertation / masters’ project writing: to prepare you for the demands which will be placed on your language / writing skills during the dissertation. Each class will provide opportunities for the development of vocabulary, accuracy, content organisation and coherence in writing. The focus will be on the purpose, structure and language required for different parts of the dissertation and on how to achieve a coherent, effective piece of extended writing.  

Every effort will be made to ensure that course content is relevant to the needs of the group and to your studies. To help you achieve the course aims, you should spend some additional time relating the work of each session to your dissertation and you should bring examples of on-going work to each class.

Learning Objectives

·     To structure and write dissertations and masters projects effectively 

·     To evaluate and use sources and research in your writing 

·     To produce texts which are coherent, cohesive and with a clear argument

Content

The course will include the following: 

 ·    The key features of a dissertation  

 ·     Choosing a topic, identifying a ‘gap’, formulating research questions 

 ·     The Dissertation Proposal 

 ·     Concepts, conceptual frameworks and theories 

 ·     Writing a critical literature review 

 ·     Analysis of different sections of dissertations: purpose, structure and language of introductions, literature reviews methodology, results and discussion, conclusion sections

 ·     Review of examples