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How To Transform your Dissertation

How to transform your dissertation from A 2:1 into a 1st

Ever wondered what is required to turn a 2:1 into a 1st?

This infographic gives you a bitesize breakdown on what you need to do to make your dissertation that little bit better…

Grades Achieved by Students in 2011/12

2:1 46% VS 1st 16%

Title

2:1

  • Good interesting title
  • Relatively new area of study or updated research on established topic.

1st

  • Original and innovative title
  • New and creative topic of study
  • Precisely written

Abstract

2:1

  • Good synopsis of dissertation that summarises each part effectively. States the results of the study and the outcome of the research

1st

  • Precise and succinct synopsis of the dissertation. Identifies how the research and outcomes affect the area of study.
  • Uses key terms

Introduction

Subject with most firsts: MATHS

2:1

  • Clearly written introduction although possibly lacking in detail
  • Some reasoning provided for area of research, although possibly not strong reasoning

1st

  • Focused and detailed introduction which thoroughly explains the topic and introduces the research
  • Justified reasons for area of research
  • Research topics is new and/or innovative – very little research has been done in this area before

Aims & Objectives

2:1

  • Some justification is provided for aims however may not be fully justified or explained in clear detail.
  • Aims and objectives are clearly stated though not as complex

1st

  • Comprehensive, persuasive and justified rationale for aims
  • Aims and objectives are complex and interesting

Literature Review

2:1

  • Sound knowledge – a good amount of literature is reviewed possibly some old sources and some newer
  • Some critical review is given but not in great depth
  • A clear, appropriate and justified conceptual framework to base the research upon is developed
  • It can be seen that the literature review covers the same topic as the aims and objectives but it is not made perfectly clear how they link

1st

  • Comprehensive knowledge the literature review covers a wide span of literature and is very up to date
  • Full critical review of literature going into detail
  • A coherent and fully justified conceptual framework to underpin research is developed
  • Literature review provides clear links that directly relate to aims and objectives

Methodology

2:1

  • A relevant and appropriate methodology is used, though likely to be standard methods.
  • Some understanding of possibility and limitations is shown
  • Implmentation of data collection methods appropriate and relevant
  • Research methods are explained but not fully justified

1st

  • A very innovative and creative investigative methodology is used.
  • Full knowledge and awareness of all possibilities and limitations of methods are clear
  • Research methods are explicity laid out and clearly justified
  • Implementation of data collection methods are highly appropriate and relevant
  • Exceptional data collection efforts made

Analysis of Findings

2:1

  • A good analysis is provided though it may not be in extensive detail
  • A standard and exepcted analysis of the findings is presented in a clear way
  • Evidence of the validity and reliability of findings present
  • Very good and crtical appraisal of issues arising from findings

1st

  • Generates a complex analysis based on findings
  • Uses a range of data to create interesting and varied analysis, including findings outside and above research aims
  • Extensive evidence of the validity and reliability of findings
  • Exceptional and critical appraisal of issues arising from findings
  • Ability to perceive new data and relationships

Conclusion

Subject with least firsts: LAW

2:1

  • The conclusion leads on from the analysis and may repeat findings and provide logical conclusions based on research evidence

1st

  • The conclusion is written clearly and concisely, it is well rounded and refers back to aims, objectives and findings of research bringing the whole disserttation together
  • Conclusion forms incisive judgement showing independent thought

Recommendations

2:1

  • Appropriate recommendations are provided which cover the same topic and may relate to conclusions
  • Some critique of recommendations may be present

1st

  • Thoughtful recommendations that relate directly to the research and provide insightful further reading
  • Insightful critque of recommendations is provided

Reflections / Limitations

2:1

  • Ability to state reflections / limitations and defend them though on a more generic basis.

1st

  • Ability to state reflections / limitations and defend them with individual flair and imagination

Apprendices

2:1

  • Appendices include all relevant information including figures, table and data sets

1st

  • All relevant figures, tables and data sets are included extensively in the appendices
  • Appendices are correctly and efficintly labelled and are easy to navigate

Bibliography / References & Citations

2:1

  • A good number of sources are used, though they will be standard material from course textbook / recommended reading.
  • Citations and references almost always given in appropiate style

1st

  • A variety of course material is used including unknown and new material. The writer will have gone outside of the recommended reading list.
  • Citations and references consistently given in appropriate style.

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Infographic by Rocket Mill.

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