By Tony Parsons, Peter G. Knight
This booklet presents undergraduates with a step by step advisor to effectively undertaking an autonomous examine undertaking or dissertation. The publication addresses each one level of the venture by way of answering the questions pupil is probably going to invite because the paintings progresses from opting for the topic quarter and making plans the knowledge assortment via to generating illustrations and writing the ultimate file. so much undergraduates in Geography and comparable disciplines are required to adopt person initiatives as a part of their measure path; this ebook is a resource of confident, functional advice.
This new third version maintains the culture of pleasant, well-informed yet casual aid, and maintains to target answering the explicit questions that scholars in general ask at every one level of the venture. the recent variation brings the textual content thoroughly modern by means of taking into consideration adjustments in the self-discipline and alterations within the ways in which scholars paintings. New electronic media, social networking, cellular know-how, e-journals, anti-plagiarism software program, ethics approval ideas and possibility checks are one of the concerns that this re-creation takes into consideration. the hot version additionally broadens the book’s charm by way of extending its insurance of the big variety of other ways to Geographical learn, with elevated insurance of qualitative study, Geographic details platforms, and new techniques to analyze layout in either actual and human geographies
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Your institution may also have intermediate deadlines along the way. You may, for example, have to submit a literature review a few months after you start. Put that date in your phone. There may be scheduled appointments with your tutor that you are required to keep. Put those dates into your phone. Make a note of these intermediate deadlines. Put them all into your timetable! Constructing a timetable At this stage you should know at least three things: when the deadline is; how long there is to go between now and then; and how much work, if any, you have already done on the dissertation.
When you have made a timetable, set reminders in your phone or calendar to nag you about key intermediate deadlines. As you move forward with your dissertation, stick to your timetable. What to do after reading Chapter 3 When you’ve finished this chapter, make yourself a timetable! Then discuss it with your supervisor and ask whether you have forgotten anything. At this stage, and throughout the project, if you are afraid that something is going wrong then look at Chapter 10 and talk to your advisor.
Then do a dissertation based on one of those. You don’t have to confine yourself to ‘traditional’ old-fashioned textbook geography topics like shopping centres and footpath erosion. In fact, it is much better if you don’t. As an example of this approach, you might look at Scotland’s Golf Courses by glacial geomorphologist Robert Price (Price, 1989). The golf courses of Scotland have some very interesting geomorphology, so Price used this book as an excuse to combine his interests in golf and geomorphology.