Dissertations can be the most rewarding, and for some the most stressful, part of any undergraduate degree course, providing the opportunity for students to pursue a chosen subject in some depth, developing their expertise. The dissertation offers many challenges to those seeking to do it well and this guide is the perfect book for those seeking to succeed with their dissertation.

Judith Burnett helps students to rise to this challenge, making the most of the opportunities which a dissertation offers and overcoming the obstacles to successful completion. This book takes students through the process of doing a dissertation from turning the raw ideas into a research question, designing the research project, choosing appropriate methods, developing a research proposal, planning and executing the project, working with data, writing up, and preparing the work for presentation.

Doing A Dissertation in the Social Sciences is an invaluable guide to avoiding the pitfalls and making the most of the opportunities offered by the dissertation. It ought to be compulsory reading for undergraduate students in any social science discipline.

What do i do with all the Data

What do i do with all the Data


When you have got enough of the right kind of data – stop collecting it!

Coding quantitative data: using statistical techniques to make sense of your quantitative data:

  • Univariate and multivariate statistics
  • Frequency, distribution and weightings
  • Averages: mean, median, and the mode
  • Range
  • Normal and skewed distribution and calculating the standard deviation; compare standard deviations using Z-scores
  • The 3-step process of coding qualitative data

Four examples of working with qualitative data

Using software for coding quantitative and qualitative data Negative evidence – the importance of noticing what's missing Qualitative researchers and numbers.

When should we stop collecting data? What happens next? The chapter will briefly cover coding both quantitative and qualitative data starting with a brief overview of the main ...

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