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Title: Ronan Fitzpatrick


1
A dissertation life cycle
Ronan Fitzpatrick June 2007
2
MSc life cycle
Incubation
Proposal
Research
Contribution
Validation
Presentation
Dissertation
Dissemination
Application
New Hypothesis
3
Incubation
  • Searching around for ideas
  • Academic Practitioner
  • Calls for Papers (SEWorld ITWorld)
  • Build on what you know (Undergraduate or work
    project).

4
Proposal
  • Structure Format
  • Academic/Practitioner input
  • Know it already pitfall
  • Convince your supervisor that you have a project.

5
Proposal content
  • Introduction
  • Project background
  • Project aim and objectives
  • Intellectual challenge
  • Research program
  • Project deliverables
  • Resources required for the project
  • References.

6
Research
  • Address title topics
  • Depth Breath
  • Seminal sources
  • Contact world experts.

7
Contribution
  • Synthesis
  • New model, Framework, CSFs, Guidelines
  • Proof of concept by prototype implementation.

8
Validation
  • Return to Academic/Practitioner/World expert
  • Incorporate any feedback.

9
Dissertation what it is not
  • It is not just a literature review
  • It is not just a Literature review with some
    conclusions
  • It is not just a literature review which proposes
    something new
  • It is not just a design for a new application
  • It is not just a design and working application
  • (Tierney, 2007)

10
Dissertation - definition
  • An extended scholarly essay, usually based upon
    original research, submitted for a degree or
    other academic qualification.
  • (Oxford English Dictionary, 2007)
  • In academia, a thesis or dissertation is a
    document that presents the author's research and
    findings and is submitted in support of
    candidature for a degree or professional
    qualification.
  • (Wikipedia, 2007)

11
Dissertation
  • Scholarly document
  • Focused on the MSc award route
  • Authors original research
  • Literature review
  • Implementation/contribution
  • Findings
  • Testing (evaluation)
  • Conclusions

12
Dissertation
  • See Crafting a dissertation for
  • Structure
  • Content
  • Format.

13
Dissemination
  • Journals
  • Conferences
  • Practice
  • Course website.

14
Application
  • For academic use
  • As chapters, papers, for creating your
    deliverable
  • As student readings
  • For practitioner use
  • As tools and practice guidelines
  • As part of your portfolio.

15
New Hypothesis
  • Learning from applying deliverable
  • Considering new research
  • Formulating new hypotheses.

16
Presentation Viva Voce
  • Overview, presentation, summary
  • General overview of what you did
  • Avoid giving a lecture
  • 15 slides is about right
  • Emphasise your contributions
  • In research, in deliverables
  • Rehearse alone in advance.

17
Three pronged strategy
Research
Code
Report

18
Life cycle
  • Any questions on life cycle?
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