Performance guaranteed

Performance guaranteed

What should you write in the chapters?

Introduction:  Introduction contains facts and figures of the study, like the research background, the aim and objectives, significance and limitations of the study. Most of these things were already decided in the research proposal.

Review of Literature: You will probably spend more time in gathering the data than summarizing it. You must ensure that the Review of Literature serves its purpose i.e. justify the research situation. Refer to a variety of sources such as University libraries for latest journals on the topic; the Internet for trending articles, books etc. Nowadays universities have made it mandatory to use at least 10 journals for every dissertation. No references should be older than 2005 (in some universities, references should be maximum 5 years old). Always start the chapter with a small introduction and end it with a summary of what you have gathered in the secondary study.

Research Methodology is the start of the second part of your dissertation.  The practical side of your dissertation takes over with details on:

  • Type of data: Qualitative/ Quantitative
  • Type of research: Primary/ Secondary
  • Reliability/ validity/ authenticity of the data
  • Sampling Plan
  • Data collection
  • Data Analysis
  • Statistical tools used
  • Software for statistical calculation

Data Analysis and Interpretation: You can choose to analyse the data in the descriptive or statistical form.

  • Statistical Representation: Used for quantitative studies involving questionnaire/ surveys. Ideally, a minimum of 15 respondents are need for statistical analysis. Data is presented in tables and graphs. At the end of the analysis, the hypothesis is tested using statistical tool and a software. The most common software are Microsoft Excel, SPSS and SAS. The most common statistical techniques are Correlation, Regression, Chi Square Test and Factor Analysis.
  • Descriptive analysis: For interview-type primary study involving less than 15 interviewees.  Little or no statistical representation is used. Data is analysed critically using expert intervention.

Conclusion and Recommendations: This chapter is a summary of your findings from the primary study. You must also connect all the previous chapters in this chapter. Divide this chapters into three main components:

  • Findings: What are the main findings of the primary study? List every aspect giving a suitable heading and a synopsis. You may cite a few references to relate your findings to a noted author’s.
  • Conclusion: It is one of the most critical parts of your dissertation because it is here that you give a fairytale finish to your study. Do not forget to relate your findings of your study to your aim: Have you achieved the objectives? If yes, then how? If no, then why? What do you conclude from your interpretations?
  • Recommendations: Recommendations are not mandatory for a dissertation. It is suitable for studies concerning a particular company/ individual only. In this section, you must give your personal views on solutions to a given problem.


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