Archived Material (Dissertations)
This book takes you through all the elements needed for a successful dissertation proposal and dissertation. The book explains the sections required for both proposal and dissertation, and offers helpful downloadable templates to assist with the presentation.
Step 2: What sections go into a dissertation?
Main body - introduction
The introduction serves as an expansion of your title and is included in every dissertation. The introduction:
- uses a descriptive writing style
- gives a bit more detail about the problem or question you are tackling in the paper
- makes a very clear statement of your purpose – Why did you carry out the research? Why are you writing this dissertation?
- indicates the scope of your research.
- outlines the sections to be included
- gives a very brief statement of the background to the topic.
- can define any key terms which need clarfying in order to understand the content.
The introduction comes at the beginning of the paper, after the abstract, acknowledgements and contents lists.
When numbering the pages, start at 1 on the introduction.