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A Practical Guide to Modern Research: PHD Thesis and Dissertations-Planning, Research, Writing and Viva-Voce

This innovative book will help thousands of research-scholars to gain their doctoral following the spot-on advice it offers. Across all faculties and disciplines, it remains a book of choice for both students and their supervisors, establishing it as a worldwide bestseller. It covers all the key topics of what a PhD is really about, how to do it well, how to decipher what a supervisor actually means by terms like 'good referencing' and 'clean research question', and how to design, report and defend one's research.
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  • Publisher: Laxmi Publications
  • Language: English
  • ISBN : 9789351382683
  • Chapter 1

    Contents

    Contents

  • Chapter 2

    List of Tables

    List of Tables

  • Chapter 3

    List of Figures

    List of Figures

  • Chapter 4

    Preface

    Preface

  • Chapter 5

    Acknowledgements

    Acknowledgements

  • Chapter 6

    Chapter 1 - A Thesis of Dissertation-An Introduction Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES : 

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to:

    (a) recognise the purpose of a thesis/dissertation

    (b) understand the importance of working effectively? with your research supervisor and the challenge of managing your study time effectively 

    (c) select and research a topic, with due attention to methodology and related theory

    (d) structure and write up the thesis/dissertation effectively, thinking critically and writing with accuracy and style

    (e) evaluate own performance against a list of generic assessment criteria for thesis/dissertation.

  • Chapter 7

    Chapter 2 - A Research Proposal and a Synopsis Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES :

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to:

    (a) understand significance of a research proposal

    (b) write a research proposal

    (c) analyse the contents of a research proposal.

  • Chapter 8

    Chapter 3 - A Research Thesis Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES : 

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to:

    (a) identify and list the chapters and the sections in each that constitute your research thesis

    (b) prepare a selection of thesis research questions

    (c) prepare a narrowed-down selection of thesis research questions and justifications for their consideration

    (d) make an original thesis style manual selection, including a written justification for your selection.

  • Chapter 9

    Chapter 4 - The Organisational StructureChapter one of Thesis Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES : 

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to:

    (a) list the flow of sections for Chapter One of the thesis

    (b) write and prepare an initial draft of the ?Terms and Abbreviations? section of Chapter One of the thesis

    (c) prepare a paragraph on the ?Organization of the Paper? section of Chapter One of thesis

    (d) discuss at least three approaches that can be used in establishing the importance of the study.

     

  • Chapter 10

    Chapter 5 - Basic Planning for the Thesis Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES :

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to :

    (a) Understand the preliminary plan and final documentation for the thesis.

    (b) know the art of formatting the thesis.

    (c) explain the method of writing a thesis

    (d) finalise the complete structure of a research thesis.

  • Chapter 11

    Chapter 6 - Developing the Research Project Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES :

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to :

    (a) list the front "mechanical" pages that precede the introduction to Chapter One of research project

    (b) explain why tables of contents, charts, graphs, and figures can only be speculative drafts at this stage in their preparation

    (c) prepare and finalize an inside title page for your thesis

    (d) draft an introduction to Chapter One of Research Project

  • Chapter 12

    Chapter 7 - Developing the Research Project Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES :

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to:

    (a) list the front “mechanical” pages that precede the introduction to Chapter One of research project

    (b) explain why tables of contents, charts, graphs, and figures can only be speculative drafts at this stage in their preparation

    (c) prepare and finalize an inside title page for your thesis

    (d) draft an introduction to Chapter One of Research Project.

  • Chapter 13

    Chapter 8 - Review of Literature - Chapter Two Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

     

    OBJECTIVES

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to:

    (a) identify the reasons why Chapter Two of the thesis is often the first chapter of the thesis to be written

    (b) list at least three important factors regarding the research selected for consideration in a literature review

    (c) complete an internal library computer search

    (d) test refinements of your individual research question.

  • Chapter 14

    Chapter 9 - Chapter Two of The Thesis Revisiting Review of Literature Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to:

    (a) prepare and finalize a title page for Chapter Two of your thesis

    (b) compile a bibliography for Chapter Two of your thesis

    (c) explain why the preparation of the literature review is an ongoing effort

    (d) write and prepare a final paragraph or two for Chapter Two of your thesis that ties together Chapters One and Two and introduces Chapter Three.

  • Chapter 15

    Chapter 10 - The Research Methodology Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to:

    (a) write and prepare a draft of the research methodologies section of Chapter Three of your thesis

    (b) write a draft the "Means of Obtaining Data" and "Location of Data" sections for each problem and sub-problem of your thesis

    (c) prepare a draft statistical treatment for each research item (by item number) for your thesis

    (d) select an appropriate display (table, figure, chart, or graph) for each statistical treatment applied to each research instrument item of your thesis.

  • Chapter 16

    Chapter 11 - The Research Instrument and The Cover Letter Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to:

    (a) draft and prepare a research instrument cover letter appropriate for the thesis being developed by you

    (b) refine the first draft of Chapter One of the research project and prepare an updated second draft

    (c) complete at least 10 research instrument note cards

    (d) detail the process of responding to supervisor critiques of thesis chapters and preparing for follow-up meetings with the supervisor, at which revisions of critiqued material will be reviewed.

  • Chapter 17

    Chapter 12 - The Foundation of the Research Project - Chapter Three Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to:

    (a) describe the target population from which original data in the form of questionnaire responses will be sought

    (b) list criteria for the admissibility of data

    (c) write validity criteria to be met by either the sample to be considered or the research instrument to be used in your thesis

    (d) compare types of validity and describe how each type applies to your thesis

  • Chapter 18

    Chapter 13 - The Mechanics of the Research Project - Chapter three Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to:

    (a) complete the preparation of thesis mailing materials

    (b) write and prepare a first draft of Chapter Three of your thesis

    (c) update Chapter Two of your thesis by preparing a second draft

    (d) compare the advantages and disadvantages of coding research instruments and/or the return envelopes in which completed questionnaires are returned to you.

  • Chapter 19

    Chapter 14 - Mailings of Questionnaire and Findings of Research - Chapter four Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to:

    (a) schedule research instrument mailings, mailing follow-ups, and the writing of Chapters Four and Five of the thesis and the appendix

    (b) report the outcomes of research instrument mailings

    (c) discuss the philosophical differences relating to questionnaire response attachments being considered, original data

    (d) write and prepare Chapter Four of your thesis.

  • Chapter 20

    Chapter 15 - Research Progress Report Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to:

    (a) define the world progress report

    (b) understand the objectives and significance of preparations and submission of progress report

    (c) know the different types of report

    (d) prepare and submit the progress report.

  • Chapter 21

    Chapter 16 - Interpretations Recommendations Conclusion and Summary - Chapter five Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to:

    (a) develop interpretations based on the statistical data developed in Chapter Four of the thesis

    (b) relate the “Importance of the Study” section from Chapter One of the thesis to the “Contribu- tions of the Study” section in Chapter Five of the thesis

    (c) list study information dissemination techniques appropriate to your thesis

    (d) prepare Chapter Five of your thesis.

  • Chapter 22

    Chapter 17 - Post-Research Study Tasks Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to:

    (a) write and prepare a synopsis of your thesis

    (b) list all components of the completed thesis in the order in which they are to be bound prior to turning the thesis in for a grade

    (c) prepare a cover letter tailored to your thesis synopsis

    (d) identify and select publications (and the appropriate editors of those publications) for the potential publication of your thesis, synopsis, or an article based on your thesis.

  • Chapter 23

    Chapter 18 - Dissertation and Project Report For Post Graduate and Under Graduate Studies Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to:

    (a) understand the meaning of dissertation and project report

    (b) know how to start a dissertation and project report

    (c) explain different parts of dissertation and project report

    (d) write a dissertation

    (e) prepared a project report.

  • Chapter 24

    Chapter 19 - Evaluation of PhD Thesis Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to:

    (a) understand the means for evaluation of Ph.D. thesis examination

    (b) understand the procedure to evaluate Ph.D. thesis

    (c) know who and how many are the evaluators

    (d) describe and analyze the consequences of evaluation.

  • Chapter 25

    Chapter 20 - The PhD Viva Voce A Personal Reflection and Public Defense Price 0.11  |  0.11 Rewards Points

    OBJECTIVES

    After reading this lesson, you will be able to:

    (a) prepare yourself for the Ph.D. viva

    (b) know the characteristics to consider for your viva

    (c) discuss your work with an expert

    (d) improve your arguments

    (e) preare view viva as a performance event—an oral examination

    (f) understand the principles of viva

    (g) explore ways to prepare for this type of examination

    (h) practise writing and answering questions

    (i) deliver a successful viva

    (j) consider where to publish this work.

  • Chapter 26

    Appendix

    Appendix

  • Chapter 27

    Bibliography

    Bibliography

  • Chapter 28

    Index

    Index

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