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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 1: Dissertation proposals


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Below is a proposed timetable for your dissertation. Your schedule should be designed to fit in with the university timetable/academic year and should take account of any deadlines set by your department. It should also be sufficiently detailed for your supervisor to identify any areas of weakness in order to provide you with appropriate guidance:

Academic calendar week no. Activity
10 Receive clearance from supervisor to proceed.
11-12 Literature searching.
Christmas break Review literature and start work on first draft. Aim to complete chapter one.
13 Design questionnaire (if appropriate).
14 Submit draft of questionnaire and chapter 1 to supervisor.
15-16-17 Work on first draft of remaining chapters (excuding conclusion).
18 Submit first draft to supervisor. Receive feedback on previous work.
19 Update questionnaire (if required) and send out.
20-21 Chase questionnaires and begin tabulating results.
22 Receive feedback on first draft main chapters.
23 Analyse results of questionnaire.
Easter Write up final draft of dissertation - begin drafting out conclusion.
24 Complete final version - main chapters.
25 Receive feedback on conclusion and write up.
26 Final revisions after proofreading.
27 Print - bind - submit.