"This book takes a clear approach to the challenges of university life, offers realistic advice, and demonstrates how to acquire transferable skills for future employment. Issues examined include how to maximize your academic performance, develop powers of expression, analyze data, write a dissertation, and identify what employers want."—ABSTRACTS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND ENVIRONMENTThis book takes a clear-eyed approach to the challenges of University life, offers realistic advice and demonstrates how to acquire transferable skills with a view to future employability. Topics covered include: " What employers want;" How educational performance can be maximized;" How to maximise powers of expression;" How to analyze data; " What to do and avoid doing in writing a dissertation.Written in an engaging and non-nonsense style, by experienced teachers, the book offers students the perfect one stop guide to making their university study experience count.

Starting Your Dissertation
Starting your dissertation

This is the first of a series of three chapters that take you through the process of producing a dissertation. A dissertation, usually undertaken towards the end of a degree course, is the furthest away from anything you are likely to have been involved in at school or college so from this point of view is probably the most advanced academic skill for undergraduate students. You could see it as the end of the journey through university.

So, what is a ‘dissertation’? Essentially, it is a small-scale project or research study that focuses on a topic area of your own choice. It comprises a piece of ...

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