‘The series of seminars was full of interesting and thought-provoking material; I'll make good use of it all as I move from the 'thinking' stage to the dissertation proper.’ [UEA MA student, 2015]
Workshops are open to undergraduate and Masters students from all disciplines. No booking is required, but places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Dissertation workshops: spring 2017
|Getting started||Wednesday 24 May *||2pm-4pm||Arts 2.03|
|Managing your time||Wednesday 31 May||2pm-4pm||Students union room 6|
|Getting started (repeat)||Wednesday 7 June||2pm-4pm||Students union room 6|
|The literature review||Wednesday 14 June||2pm-4pm||Students union room 6|
|The literature review (repeat)||Wednesday 28 June||2pm-4pm||Students union room 6|
|Editing and proofreading||Wednesday 12 July||2pm-4pm||Students union room 6|
|Editing and proofreading (repeat)||Wednesday 26 July||2pm-4pm||CANCELLED|
* Please note change of date from 17 May to 24 May, location is the same.
In order to make a good start on your dissertation it is essential to have a clear idea of the structure and direction your writing will take. This workshop aims to help you to:
- Reflect on the stages of the dissertation writing process.
- Gain an understanding of where you are in the process and the steps you need to take to make progress.
- Consider how to select an appropriate topic and develop it into a question.
- Identify common dissertation structures and the function of different sections and chapters.
- Understand the function of the Literature Review and issues to bear in mind before beginning to write one.
- Discuss any potential problems which might prevent you from progressing through the dissertation writing process.
Workshop slides (2016) pdf [781 KB]
Making effective use of your time is an essential aspect of successful, stress-free research. This workshop will introduce a variety of time management strategies that you can adapt to your own needs and working style. In particular you will consider the following:
- how you spend your time
- how to break down the dissertation into manageable tasks
- how to plan and prioritise your work
- how to maintain steady progress with your dissertation.
Having an understanding of the existing literature in your area of research is a key part of every dissertation, and is often one of the first pieces of dissertation research you will undertake. This session aims to help you to:
- Understand the purpose of a literature review and the role it plays in your dissertation
- Take a critical, analytical approach to the literature
- Organise and structure the literature review
Workshop slides (2014) pdf [144 KB]
All the research you've done needs, of course, to result in a final product: your dissertation. This workshop aims to help you manage the final stages of your research journey by suggesting strategies and techniques to enable you to:
- bring together the sections of your work
- put distance between yourself and your work so you can look at it critically
- proofread your work effectively.
Please bring a piece of your dissertation writing to this session.
Workshop slides (2012) pdf [26 KB]
Proofreading, referencing and bibliographies slides (from 2011) pdf [73KB]
Exercise - Proofreading (2013) pdf [411KB]
Exercise with errors highlighted - Proofreading (2013) pdf [416KB]
Exercise answers - Proofreading (2013) pdf [455KB]
Proofreading for language problems (2011) pdf [88KB]
Playing cards (2011) pdf [56 KB]