Dissertation Analysis

2013 Dissertation Analysis

You dream that you are all smiles and on your way to presenting your doctoral dissertation to your committee, only to open your brief case and find that you have left it at home!  You awake with a start!  You are breathing heavily, and your mind is trying to wake up enough to determine if […]

Dissertation Analysis:  What is It All About? The dissertation is just one part of the requirements for obtaining the PhD and other related degrees.  Of course, the core requirements for such programs are the classwork and the examinations. Following through with the dissertation is the final requirement for obtaining that coveted ultimate degree that turns […]

2013 Dissertation Analysis

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Dissertation Analysis:  What is It All About?

Writing a good dissertation has little to do with being a great writer:  it is more about being a great thinker, planner, anizer, and analyst.  A dissertation can be thought of simply as an extended report or essay.  It zeros in on a particular problem or lack of knowledge and it attempts to create a way to build on existing knowledge to reach higher levels of understanding and application.  The writer should follow the same rules of “good writing” that every student must adhere to in the development of a composition of any type.  Among these basics are:

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What is included in a well-written dissertation?  We have already mentioned the research and the thesis.  Let’s put them into the proper chronology beginning with the first step:

The dissertation is not an end in itself, but rather it is the evidence of the learning that has already taken place.  The real educational objective related to the dissertation is learning from the research and the analysis that accompany it. To analyze the dissertation writing process and what it entails, we should examine such basics as:

Tackling the research and writing of a dissertation need not be a frightening endeavor.   Granted, it will be the lengthiest project you will ever encounter academically. At the same time it will be the most rewarding one.

The dissertation is just one part of the requirements for obtaining the PhD and other related degrees.  Of course, the core requirements for such programs are the classwork and the examinations. Following through with the dissertation is the final requirement for obtaining that coveted ultimate degree that turns heads and places one at the top of the resume ladder. Your peers have accomplished the same educational goals that you have accomplished.  They have completed the classwork.  They have passed, or aced, the same exams that you have completed. So now you all have the education that it takes to get those top-notch, higher paying jobs, but what will set you apart from all the others who are in line for the desired position? That one remaining item on your educational agenda that may make all the difference in the world is the dissertation.  It does not need to be a cleverly worded literary masterpiece:  its readers will not be standing in line at the local bookstores waiting for it to roll off the press.  It does, however, need to be a correctly-written technical document that will be read mainly by your doctoral committee, other future candidates and those seeking technical information.  As such, you can easily “cut to the chase” and keep your focus on clear, technical content rather than on creative writing.  If you can simply report facts and adhere to a given format, you can write your dissertation.

The type of dissertation needed to fulfill a graduate requirement depends largely on the field of study. All programs from the arts and literature to the sciences and technology, and all programs in-between, have the potential to become great dissertation material!  In addition to the field of study, the dissertation may be one of three main types:  one involving an empirical study; one involving a non-empirical study; and one that presents itself as a chronology.

In addition to understanding what types of dissertations are available, an analysis of the dissertation’s stages and anizational pattern will help us see how the dissertation process flows.  The dissertation will begin with the presentation of a thesis to a committee of professors who will either accept or reject the proposal from the doctoral candidate.  The thesis is a statement that expresses as concisely as possible the main goal and hypothesis that the candidate will attempt to prove.  It will be brief (perhaps no more than three of four well-developed sentences) and to the point.  If the doctoral committee feels the subject is worthy of consideration as an effort to expand the body of knowledge in that given area, then the candidate will proceed to the next level of developing an outline that will guide the student through the learning and reporting process.  Research is conducted, analyzed, and reported by way of a written dissertation.  It is then presented to the doctoral committee for evaluation and approval.

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