HOW TO CHOOSE DISSERTATION TOPIC?

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HOW TO CHOOSE DISSERTATION TOPIC?

Is it seriously needed? Guidelines for topic selection? It’s quite funny yeah. So let me say how do you select your research topic? Oops! I forgot. Your professor has selected topic for you in your Graduation. Right? Ok, no issue, then just tell me how do you select your topic for assignments? What are the basic criteria?

Simple, find an issue with our related field, gathering information about that issue and framing topic. Only three steps are enough. It would be better if we analyse that issue based on some case studies. Well said but for a dissertation, only these three steps are not alright. Don’t forget you are appointed as a role of researcher and your duty is to point out the actual situation with proper justification in front of your readers. Your approach will be realistic and all data must be dynamic. So, you have to work too hard in case of choosing your dissertation topic.

Look, ‘dissertation– the term itself is very serious that we cannot take it as in casual tone. So, selecting a dissertation topic is not an easy task for students especially those who are possessed their Master Degree. It is difficult because here your professor is not supposed to frame your thesis topic on behalf of you. That part was done in your graduation year but in advance studies like Master’s level or PhD level, you have to frame your topic by own. Another thing is, based on that research topic; your entire academic evaluation will be rated. So, choosing any simple and easy topic will not help you in getting good grades in final examination. So, you have to be very careful and realistic at the same time while going to select your dissertation topic. Below some points are given to help you in selecting your research topic.

Choose favourable field:

Always select your favourable field to select your research topic. Look, a research paper requires your own point of view, analysis, justification. So, if your topic will be out of your knowledge, then it will be difficult for you to draw a proper conclusion. So, your topic must be from your favourable field.

Select your interesting genre:

Your interested genre must be reflected in your research topic otherwise, you can’t be able to analyse your research paper and its appearance will be very fishy to your readers. Suppose marketing from MBA is your favourable field. From this, you are interested in branding genre. Then your selected research topic must be of this genre

Do market research:

Do a detail market research about your favourite genre. It requires otherwise you cannot find out the issue faced by market or companies. Suppose, you have found an issue in branding genre in the demographic segment while it was working well in other market segments. So, you can select your issue from demographic segment only based on which your research topic will be framed.

Find out the issue:

Now the time is for selecting your research issue to frame out your research aim, objectives, questions. Your issue must be realistic and informative. Any kind of vague information will be losing the authenticity of your dissertation.

Select your variables:

One independent and one dependent variable must be there on your research topic otherwise, you cannot able to draw a valid conclusion for your dissertation. Based on these two variables, your statistical analysis and regression will be calculated.

Frame your dissertation title:

Now, you can frame your dissertation title. Make sure, your title must include all above-mentioned points like variables, issue, interest. The title must be short but catchy. Don’t frame your title in 20 or 50 words. It will be maximum 8-10 words.

So, now you can understand the basic criteria for choosing a dissertation topic. Now you can present your research draft to your professor for approval. Hope you will do your best.


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HOW REFLECTIVE JOURNAL HELP IN CREATIVE LEARNING?

Are you interested in story writing? Are you enthusiastic about posting new events on your social media sites? If you are interested more in such creative activities, then why are you not trying to prepare your own reflective journal? It is not a too tough task. Yes, a reflective journal is basically your own thoughts on a particular event or past incidence faced by you. You have to just present your views and thoughts to your readers regarding that event with thorough analysis and arguments.

I know you are bit confused between reflective journals and argumentative essay writing style because both needed personal opinion to establish the rational outlook. Let’s inform you reflective journal is 40% similar to an argumentative essay and 40% with reflection report. Rests 20% is your own opinion that how will you frame your paper, how the data will include in the paper and all. Not understand yet? Ok, let me explain you in detail. Start from its first similarity. It is 40% similar to argumentative essay; right? First, think what are the basic key points in an argumentative essay?

  • Key thesis statement
  • Theoretical arguments of scholarly authors
  • Your own justification

Second, 40% similarity is regarding your reflective report. What do you want to project your reflective report?

  • Your issue with dealing the subject
  • Guidance to overcome those issues
  • Key Learning’s

Look, here I have segregated main points from your each 40% similarity. How we have to find out the common concept that has in both these two projects. What are they? First, it is the issue. Second, it is your key learning. So, a reflective journal is nothing but your own reflection about your discovered issue that must be presented in a different format that rests 20%. First 80%, you know how to write and proceed. For rest 20%, just follow our below-mentioned points.

Useful background details:

Your journal must carry useful information about your present event. Always remind, you are going to tell your readers about your experienced event or anything in which you have found interest. So, detail information with proper rationale must be presented in the first few paragraphs in your journal to make your readers aware of why they are learning your paper and what knowledge they should gain after learning this. It is like the rational section of any dissertation. Without having that rationale your readers will never understand why are they study your dissertation paper. Similarly, if your background information is not sufficient and well justified, then your paper will lose its weight.

Justify your rationale:

Justify your answer with more realistic way. Here is the difference between reflective journals and argumentative essay. In case of an argumentative essay, your justification will support by various scholarly articles and their views. But here, in the reflective journal, you have to present your own real-life experience with supportive case studies to prove your justification towards readers.

Ananlyse your actions:

Now it is your part. You have to justify your taken action in that situation that you have mentioned in your journal. Make sure, your actions must be ethical otherwise; it will create a negative impact on readers. You also can support your taken actions by giving relevant case studies.

Share your thoughts:

Share your thoughts like why are you taken those actions, why you observe that event like that way and something that. Mind it, your given thoughts will generate a new viewpoint towards your readers and that’s why your thoughts must be ethical and realistic. No fantasy will be accepted here.

So, if you have experienced some interesting event, then don’t waste your talent on posting those writings on social media sites. Make your own reflective journal and share your creative thoughts with others. Always remind, knowledge sharing can enhance your learning capacity. Then don’t waste your time. Start from here. We will wish you a very ‘Good Luck’!!!


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POINTS MUST INCLUDE IN RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

Well, your research proposal is selected, right? First of all, congratulation to you for this and secondly, welcome to a new genre of research field. Ya, I would describe it as new genre because you need to research vastly to critically tailor your dissertation or research paper.  So what’s your next plan? How will you proceed in your dissertation? Have you prepared your methodology chapter to show your plan? Don’t be surprised! Research methodology is the base of every dissertation to proceed on it further. Once you have planned it, rest of your paper will conclude easily.

It is like a tour plan. Whenever we plan for a short trip, first we plan a rough draft about our tours i.e. which sides we will visit, how many times we will spend, what will be the expense and all. Similarly, research methodology is nothing but mapping of your entire dissertation. As your proposal is selected, therefore, the primary planning is done by you. Next, you need to amplify your planning through your dissertation. Problems will be raised as actual research method will differ from your propose plan. Therefore, some basic guidelines we are providing here that you must need to include in preparing your research methodology chapter. Please follow our below points.

Setting your research strategy: The first step that you have to follow in your research methodology section is its strategical analysis. It means your set of beliefs that you must use for your study. Basically, this analysis starts with discussing research paradigms. Various kinds of paradigms are used in basic research like ontology, epistemology, positivism, interpretivism. All these are some set of beliefs and while conducting your paper, all depends upon you that how you use those beliefs and which one you should take to complete your paper. Keep in mind, your rest of the methodology part will be depended on your chosen strategy.

For suppose, if you choose positivism research paradigm, then survey, quantitative data analysis will be your instrumental analysis because positivism paradigm seeks for empirical evidence. It means you should focus on past history of your chosen subject and need to analysis its current issue accordingly. For this purpose, survey and quantitative analysis are the only options along with secondary data.

It is a case study that you need to solve as per the given issue. If I am not so wrong, then all of you have used some case study or case scenario while preparing your assignments. Just recall it. Before proceeding into that case scenario, you all have conducted a thorough research on it. After collecting all relevant data then you have started writing your papers. Right? Similarly, you must be careful while choosing your research paradigm because your entire research design is based upon that. You can’t use mix method research in positivism paradigm or only quantitative method in interpretivism paradigm. All these paradigms have some certain rules that you need to follow while conducting our research. If your proposal not approved then I will advise you to choose your paradigm after understanding your topic. It will be better if you approve your chosen strategy by your supervisor otherwise your entire research method will be in vain.

Instrumentation analysis: The second step you need to consider is selecting proper instruments for your research. Likert scale, interview protocols are some basic and created instruments by researcher or students. So if you are selecting positivism research paradigm then Likert scale will be suitable instrument for you because of measuring unit of respondents properly. If you have short time period to complete your research paper, then through Likert scale, you can make both quantitative and small amount of qualitative analysis of your research paper.

Similarly, interview protocol will be used for interpretivism paradigms in where students/researchers are allowed for research by studying human behaviour. It means you need to follow some basic rules of social science in interpretivism paradigm.

Data analysis: This is the vital part of your methodology. Most of the students here make a mistake. They just present the feedback of respondents here. But it is not asking you to present respondents response of your samples that you have gathered from interview or Likert scale instruments. This section needs your own view after presenting respondent’s feedback.

Though the 98% part of data analysis is segregated for data analysis and findings chapter of your dissertation, but in methodology, you also have to give a summary of your findings to make your supervisor understand about your view. It is nothing but a small pilot study to present your preliminary opinion to your supervisor. In proposal, you already have presented it but in dissertation, your justification for those opinions must and must require.

Ethical considerations: This end point is too much important to prove the authenticity of your research. It is not about making your paper plagiarism free or inserts references, but consent of your respondents whom you have used or plan to use as sample for your research. Make sure, after finishing your paper, a blank consent form must be in your appendix. Also, submit 2-3 demo consent forms with your paper that show open participation of all your samples in your dissertation. If you are not allowed to submit those forms then at least carry it with you in your inspection room to prove the authenticity of your research paper.

Maintain these basic points in your research methodology chapter. Rest you can develop through internet searching or by the guidance of your supervisor. Wishing you all the best and hope your paper will present a new and positive view to all of us readers.


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TIPS FOR PREPARING CASE STUDY ASSIGNMENTS

 

Have you got your semester project? Is it carrying any case study? Oh, so then you are looking worried, right?? Don’t be panicked!! We are here to help you. Yes, today we will give you some tips to proceed with your case study assignment.

Preparing a case study assignment is not too difficult task if you have gone through all its steps. Always keep in mind that case study may be company based or scenario based. Therefore, your analytical technique will be different in case of different case study segments. Whenever we are getting any company related case study assignment, some questions raise in our mind like will we get proper information from store managers or customers or did we understand companies business policy properly or not. In case of MNC’s, processes of analysing its business strategy trouble us more. Scenario base case study on the other side seems too difficult as we could not able to relate our real life experience with it. Is not it? So, remove all these headaches first. Just think you have assigned one project that you need to compete with relevant information and your critical analysis. Always remember, case study assignment will be not a big deal if you have researched on that case study and understand its main statement. So the first tip for making case study assignment is to understand its major aim and its relevance in the society.

In case of any scenario base case study, we should understand the key statement of that scenario and what is its relevance in our society. Then you need to apply your real life experience to solve its issues. On the other hand, for company related case study, we need to analyse its market trends, market acceptance, and recent business policy. Therefore, analytical technique will be different for two different case study segments. However, these following procedures will help you to get some guidance on preparing your case study assignment.

First, understand the given scenario in your case study. Is it required your real life experience to proceed or not. If so then form your case study aim first and then analyse it by giving examples of your real life studies.

Second, give some statistics to project your analysis and rational outlook towards the scenario. For example, if you have assigned one health care case study, then related statistics will prove your market research on that relevant ground and amplify the acceptance of your analysis.

Third, try to use some terminology of your related subject. Like, if you are assigned finance case study assignment or IT case study assignment, then use some financial or IT keywords to increase consistency of your assignment.

Fourth, the ratio between information and analysis of your case study assignment will be 40:60. I mean to say your paper will look like a research paper, not like an annual report of any company. So don’t cover your assignment with full of statistical presentations. Always keep in mind; you are going to resolve the issue in mentioned case study not presenting financial results of your company.

Fifth, develop your concluding statement to present your ideas and thought on that case study. Make sure, your conclusion will contain your view point and future research scope; not like a summary of your journey through the assignment.

Finally, proof read your assignment carefully before its final submission. Finally, check have you mentioned all relevant points in your assignment or not. At the end, wish you all the best and hope you will get good marks in your semester.


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PROOF READING-AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE IN ACADEMIC WRITING

We are very much aware of the term proof reading in our academic career. Yes, it is an essential service for students as it will provide clarity to our assignments. We often think proof reading is only about checking grammatical errors, spelling mistakes while this service does not have such limited version. It basically help us in re-thinking about the topic to get understands its in-depth knowledge. That’s why, our scholars, professors, students rely on this service.

Sometime, you would get confused between the terms proof reading and editing. These two terms are interchangeable in academic writing. So let us guide you to understand the difference between assignment editing and proof reading. In simple words, both differences are related to its using techniques. Simply, proof reading is the initial stage to understand your mistakes in assignment and editing is the final stage to rectify those phrases. Basically proof reading and editing is the final stage to decorate your assignment before its submission.

I think one question will alarm on your mind that are the techniques of proof reading remain same in different academic categories?? Absolutely not because of its vary according to different writing style, an analytical pattern of your chosen topic. If you are working on your dissertation paper, then proof reading will be too much important tool to make your thesis paper authentic. As you know making a dissertation is not a joke and obviously not so easy like an assignment or report. You must have to do vast research on your selective subject and you must have your analytical skill to research in-depth. As through proof reading service, you will re-think on your research materials, re-justify your analysis; therefore, it will make your dissertation more explorative. It will make your idea and thoughts easily acceptable to the readers.

Similarly, in case of case study assignment, your analysis will always denote the case study first. Your main focus will always to recheck whether you have analysed case study in your assignment or not. Now I think the difference between proof reading in dissertation and case study assignment is bit clear to you.

Always remind, the basic rule of proof reading is to justify the word ‘WHY’. So whenever you are going to edit or proof read your assignment make sure, all answer of your ‘why’ is fulfilled. The end result will always give you a good grade and opportunity to get relish of your academic life.

 


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