Presentation on theme: "Step 1 Choosing the Study Theme Step 6 Introduction Context Step 3 Brainstorming Making a mind map Step 4 What research methods? Step 5 Drawing up a plan."— Presentation transcript:
Step 1 Choosing the Study Theme Step 6 Introduction Context Step 3 Brainstorming Making a mind map Step 4 What research methods? Step 5 Drawing up a plan or structure Step 7 Introduction Aims Step 8 Description & justification of RMs The Dissertation Planning Step 2 -The Issue Step 2 Choosing the issue
Step 2 Once you have decided which Study Theme and which Context you are interested in, the next step is to decide on the issue you want to research. The SQA provide a list of approved dissertation issues. These are listed in Appendix 2. Alternatively, you may wish to research an issue that is not included on the list. If you do, then your issue must be submitted to the SQA for approval by 1 October of the academic year in which you are completing the Practical Research.
The main focus is on the study of issues and developments within the last 10 years. Some historical perspective is permissible if it helps to answer the question set. It include elements of other disciplines - economics, politics, psychology and sociology. Contemporary Multi disciplinary Step 2 Why? Your own issue has to be submitted for approval to the SQA, to ensure that it meets the requirements of the AH course.
Criteria for Selecting the issue Does the issue interest you? Do you want to find out more about the issue? Does it give rise to challenging questions that involve controversy or are open to more than one interpretation ? Will it invoke analysis rather than description?
The best titles are expressed in the form of a question or a hypothesis. How to present the issue Using this format, encourages a more analytical approach to your dissertation, as you are more likely to attempt to answer the question or defend the hypothesis in your dissertation. It reduces the likelihood of your dissertation being too descriptive.
The best titles are specific How to present the issue Research a specific issue and avoid vague and generalised issues. Basing your dissertation on a specific question or clear hypothesis gives purpose and direction to research and writing. Vague titles tend to produce broad descriptive dissertations.
The 1997 election signified the end of class politics in British elections Exemplar This is an appropriate format for a dissertation title because: – it is presented as a hypothesis – it puts forward the claim about the electoral significance of social class in contemporary Britain. Your Dissertation can support or reject this claim.
Exemplar This is an appropriate format for a dissertation title because: – it is phrased as a question – you can use theories and evidence on voting behaviour from academic sources to answer the question. Why did New Labour win the 1997 general election?
New Labours victory in the 1997 general election Exemplar This is not an appropriate format for a dissertation title because: it is too vague it is too general it invites description it is too historical.