What is the course about?
An academic dissertation is often an important component of many final year degree courses, but many undergraduate students have never attempted to write anything of this length before. This one day course helps you to plan and structure a dissertation in any discipline. It will be most useful to students who are approaching, or have already started, their final year dissertation.
Anne Wilson is a former freelance journalist (Cosmopolitan, The Guardian, The New York Times). She has written
an academic book on the identity of British mixed race children, two crime novels and has won numerous awards for drama and documentary scripts. As a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow, Anne helps postgraduate students and staff in UK universities improve their academic writing.
What will we cover?
We will look at how to scope out the topic and create a title; how to read widely but selectively and to take notes efficiently; how to create a narrative through the literature review and through the dissertation as a whole. There will also be an opportunity for a brief one to one consultation with the tutor to discuss the particular challenges of your topic. Please note: the tutor is an expert in academic writing, not in your subject, so her suggestions are intended to supplement, not to replace, the advice of your academic supervisor.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Better understand the process of planning a dissertation
• Feel more confident in your ability to plan and structure your own dissertation
• Understand how to create a narrative from your research question to your conclusion.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at undergraduate level, but could also be helpful to Master's (and even early stage PhD) students who want to refresh their understanding of planning and structuring a longer work. A good level of written and spoken English is assumed for students at this level in UK universities, and you should also have a clear understanding of the requirements and guidelines for the dissertation on your particular course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The day will be a combination of tutor input, whole group and small group activities / discussion / short presentations and independent work in the class. Students will also be offered a brief, one-to-one consultation with the tutor to talk about their own dissertation.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will get the most from this one day workshop if you bring:
• The guidelines and requirements for the dissertation on your course
• Any plans you have created for your dissertation (such as lists / notes / rough mind maps).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might be interested in our Business or Copywriting courses.
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