Sometimes writing is seen as an activity that happens after everything else:
These four very different perspectives lead to the same potential problems:
The process of having to describe your study in detail, in a logical sequence of written words, will inevitably highlight where more thought is needed, and it may lead to new insight into connections, implications, rationale, and relevance, and may lead to new ideas for further research.
Barras (1993:136) suggests that you ‘think of your report as part of your investigation, not as a duty to be undertaken when your work is otherwise complete’, and this Study Guide suggests that: writing is an integral part of the research process.
If you have written any of the following in relation to this study:
In each case, the object of the writing was to communicate to yourself, your supervisors, or others, something about your work. In writing your dissertation you will draw on some of this earlier writing to produce a longer and more comprehensive account.
Before embarking on any substantial writing for your dissertation you will need to check the exact requirements regarding:
There are some conventions that guide the structuring of dissertations in different disciplines. You should check departmental and course regulations for guidance, but a typical structure is as follows: