The End Game

Finishing off your dissertation and preparing for examination

A Webinar

Presented by: Professor Dan Remenyi

Wednesday 24th November 2021

What this webinar is about

Knowing when your research is finished and how to draw it all together into a great dissertation is often regarded as a puzzle by many research students. This is especially true of doctoral degree candidates, but it also applies to those who are working towards a master’s degree by research. There are several tests which can be applied which will give the student confidence that the work is ready to be examined and that it will be looked upon favourably by the examiners. In this webinar these tests are fully discussed, and a number of checklists are available. The deliverable from this webinar is for participants to have a much higher level of confidence that they know when they are in a position to finalise their work and hand it in for examination.

In addition, this webinar will address how to prepare for a Viva Voce examination (defence in the USA) and it will also provide checklists which will be helpful to students facing this challenge.

This Webinar is relevant to academics from most Social Science Faculties, and it will also have value to some other Departments and Schools.

Webinar outline

The 5 key features of a successful research dissertation?

  • A clearly stated research question i.e., the centrality of the research question and the explanation of the importance of the question issue to the community.
  • Providing the evidence that the issue has not been solved elsewhere and that it is regarded in the literature as important.
  • Identifying appropriate data, its collection, its management and its analysis.
  • Answering of the research question/s and its implications for theory and practice.
  • The conclusion, the limitations, the opportunity for future research.

The Centrality of the research story

  • The research degree is a voyage of discovery, and the story of this adventure has to be unfolded is a careful way
  • Making the case for your contribution.

The Dissertation as a document

  • The usual organisation of the document/book.
  • How many chapters?
  • What should be covered in each chapter?
  • What about all the university conventions?

The Viva Voce examination

    • The appointment of examiners.
    • It is the university’s responsibility to appoint appropriate examiners.
    • Invite your supervisor/s.
    • Be well prepared.
    • Manage your anxiety.
    • Ask to present.
    • Defending your ideas.
    • Try to anticipate arguments which the examiners might present.

This webinar delivers practical useful information which can be put to immediate use. It is relevant to academics from most Faculties, Departments and Schools.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday 24 November 2021, and it will run to GMT time using Zoom. The Zoom Room will open at 1:45 pm (GMT) and the event will begin at 2:00 pm and will finish at 4:00 pm (GMT). The attendance fee is £25.


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