Your Undergraduate Dissertation in Health and Social Care provides a practical step-by-step guide to both the theoretical and practical aspects of the process of doing an undergraduate dissertation, equipping the reader with all the skills necessary to plan, conduct and write up a research project successfully.All the central topics are covered, with comprehensive information and guidance on crucial issues such as ethics, research governance and appraising the quality of the evidence.
About the Author
Nicholas Walliman is a qualified architect and Senior Lecturer in the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University and a researcher associate in the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development. After many years of practice in architecture in the UK and abroad, he returned to academic life to do his Ph D. This experience raised his interest in research theory and methods, and he was subsequently asked by the university to write a distance learning course to guide postgraduate students embarking on research degrees. This course provided the raw material and incentive for writing this book. He has subsequently published several other books on research theory and methods for students and practitioners at various levels of expertise.
He is currently conducting research with a team of architects and environmental scientists as part of the Oxford Brookes Institute for Sustainable Development. They are engaged in nationally and internationally funded projects on a range of aspects of building technology, such as energy saving building envelope design, mitigation of the effects of floods on buildings and advanced construction methods. He has published numerous research papers on aspects of architectural technology. He is also supervising several Ph D and Masters students. Despite this emphasis on science and technology, his work with research students covers many other aspects of architecture and its relationship to society, such as vernacular architecture, the effects of westernisation, architectural education, conservation, administration and sustainable design.
Table of Contents
What's It All For?What Types of Dissertations Are There?What Will It Be About?How Do I Get Started?What's All This About Philosophy?How Do I Write A Proposal?What About Working and Planning My Time?Where and How Do I Get Hold of All the Necessary Background Information?How Can I Manage All the Notes?Arguments - Why Do I Need Them?What Sorts of Data Will I Find?Appraising the quality of the evidenceWhat's All This About Ethics?What’s all this about research governance?How Do I Get Hold of Data?What Do I Do with the Information When I've Got It?When Do I Need To Combine Data Collection with Analysis?How Can I Create a Mini World To Manipulate?What About Referencing?Writing It UpHow on Earth Can I Manage such a Long Piece of Writing?What Can I Do To Make My Work Look Interesting and Easy To Read?Who Else Might Be Interested in My Writing?