Dissertation Data Analysis


data analysis

Conducting a dissertation analysis

Dissertation writing and data analysis go hand-in-hand, so don't put off writing anything until you have completed analysing the data. Writing up what you've done so far will help you to see what you still need, and maybe even help you figure out what's going on by forcing you to be precise and explicit. Even if you don't end up using everything you write (and you won't), it keeps you generating ideas. You will need to check which style of reporting is preferred in your field. For example a scientific dissertation would probably have very clear separation between the results and the discussion of those results; whereas a social science dissertation might have an overall chapter called Findings, bringing the results and their discussion together. Decisions about style of presentation may need to be made about, for example:

•    Whether you want to begin with an initial overview of the results, followed by the detail, or whether you move immediately into the detail of the results;
•    In which order you will be presenting the detailed results; and
•    What balance, in terms of word space, you want to achieve across the spread of results that you have.

Dissertation analysis is a significant part of your dissertation and must be written and presented in the best possible way. A dissertation analysis is not only a representation of the basic theme of your dissertation but it also illustrates your writing and analytical skills, it’s not an easy task but that’s exactly what makes the dissertation analysis one of the most important elements of your dissertation. Your dissertation supervisor or facility board who ultimately grade your dissertation prefer to read this part with focus since it’s your own remarks about the dissertation. When writing your dissertation analysis be mindful of the following points:

•    Structure your dissertation analysis well, but do not deviate from the general format adopted throughout your dissertation.
•    A flow of information or data must be maintained all the way through the dissertation analysis.
•    Include only that which is relevant to the dissertation analysis. You might come across facts you think are vital for your dissertation, but some of them might not be compatible with the dissertation analysis.
•    The dissertation analysis must clearly state your point of view regarding the problem statement and should not convey contrasting theories.

Similarly, your dissertation analysis should include the following:

•    The main issues of the problem statement that the dissertation represents.
•    Since this section would be read carefully by the supervisors, it would be wise to include the overall significance of the whole project in the dissertation analysis.
•    Also include the future possibilities of the project along with all the limitations and shortcomings. Dedicate a few lines to the proposition of new ideas and advice for future researchers in the same field.

A dissertation analysis is not only a critical evaluation of your research based on mere reflection of thoughts, but in fact is an organised examination of the dissertation itself. A good dissertation analysis can only be written after extensive reading, requires great mental sharpness and critical thinking. The following are a few easy guidelines to help you with your dissertation analysis:

•    Identify your sources of information or paragraphs from the dissertation.
•    Label and categorise the most important information that you plan to include in the dissertation analysis.
•    Explain unknown terms in your own words while creating the dissertation analysis.
•    While composing the dissertation analysis, try not to add or build on previously attained information, but critically evaluate that data.

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