Dissertation Skills 2nd Edition
Brian White | Stephen Rayner
ISBN-13: 9781408081778 | ISBN-10: 1408081776
© 2014 | Published |  224  Pages

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A dissertation is often a crucial part of a Business and Management degree and can heavily influence the final mark. It can be extremely daunting: it requires a lengthy piece of writing and forms a major component for assessment. In fact, when faced with this task the first word that comes to mind for many students is simply ‘Help!’

This new and updated edition provides the necessary help, covering all the stages from the initial choice of subject through to the final writing.

Stephen Rayner joins Brian White in this excellent guide to dissertations, which is equally useful to both undergraduates and postgraduates. It includes support on all aspects of the dissertation, from the student-supervisor relationship to evaluation and analysis of data.



  • 1. What this book is about?
    2. Choosing and developing a subject to investigate
    3. What research is and choosing appropriate methodology
    4. Techniques of qualitative research including case study and action research
    5. Techniques of quantitative research including sampling and triangulation
    6. Writing a proposal
    7 Using the literature
    8. Interpreting research methods
    9. Writing up your dissertation
    10. The role of supervisors and the assessment of dissertations
    11. Specialist subject areas

    • An all-new glossary of useful terms.
    • An updated bibliography of reference books.
    • A guide on how to find and use online literature.
    • An in-depth look at quantitative and qualitative research.
    • Tips on oral and viva presentations.
    • “This is an excellent and well detailed textbook, which provides real clarity on the dissertation process. The practical tips and clear explanations can be applied to many projects and there is a plentiful supply of resources and suggestions to guide students in their research.” Rachael Harris, student at Newcastle Business School

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    • Brian White was formerly Principal Lecturer at the Lincoln School of Management at the University of Lincoln. He has many years of experience tutoring students from a wide range of countries on dissertation presentation.

      Stephen Rayner is Dean of Education at Newman University, Birmingham and Adjunct Professor at the University of Monash, Australia. Prior to this he was Professor of Education at Oxford Brookes University and Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Tutor for Postgraduate Research Degrees.