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Dissertation handbook

dissertation handbook

Dear Learner,We are happy that you have opted to undertake the dissertation project. This Handbook details the policies andprocedures of dissertation project in Political Science. It also serves

as

an introductoryguide to conceive, plan andexecute the dissertation project.A dissertation is an extended essay on a specific problem or question. It involves research work. Capability toconduct basic research is an important skill

as

a Political Science major. It allows you to explore the areas of thepolitical world that interests you and present your findings in a well-structured document. It also allows you to bea critical consumer of other research.This Handbook

acquaints

you

with

some ofthe important methods and techniques of

data

collection. The informationcontained within may not fully equip you to carry out primary research, e.g. in the form of surveys or fieldwork.However, we

are

sure that it will help you to critically examine and appreciate some of the primary and secondaryliterature you will go through to complete your dissertation.Dissertation work, by definition, is a self-directed work. It is conceived, executed and reported primarily by you.There will, however,

be

an Academic Supenisor to advise and guide you at different stages of dissertation work.The Academic Counsellor at the Study Centre will organise counselling sessions and will most probably be yourAcademic Supervisor. Since you do not have formal training in research methodology, we suggest that you be

in

touch with your Academic Supervisor at regular intervals to discuss specific stages in the preparation of thedissertation e.g. identifying a topic, writing the dissertation proposal, timetable, and methods; draft chapters andthe

final

draft.You may also write to the faculty at the headquarters to seek additional information and advice.

Faculty of Political Science

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