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What makes a good Dissertation. A Dissertation is as good as the research question it seeks to answer. Your research hinges on a good question . A research project should in some way enlarge our understanding of a subject or problem .

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what makes a good dissertation

What makes a good Dissertation

A Dissertation is as good as the research question it seeks to answer.

Your research hinges on a good question.

A research project should in some way enlarge our understanding of a subject or problem.

In simple terms, research is about asking a good question, finding an answer, and arguing your case.’

A good idea and a good interest is not enough. ‘Without the articulation of a good question you are travelling blind’(O’Leary 2010:47)

what makes a good computing research question
What makes a good computing research Question.
  • FOCUSED: A research question is not the same as a Dissertation title. Dissertation titles are typically broad, putting the project in the wider field. Research questions are much more focused and highlight a gap in knowledge or a problem to be solved.
  • SYNTHETIC: It is helpful if the research question itself ties together both theoreticaland practicalconsiderations.
your research question should
Your research Question should
  • Define an investigation - it can define the topic; Define the nature of the project(to develop, build, or compare); define the questions you are interested in – (what, where, how, when, why); etc.
  • Set boundaries – It makes your project doable.
  • Provide direction – blueprint/plan for your project.
  • Act as a frame of reference for Evaluating your work.
an achievable research question
An achievable research question
  • A good research question can also be re-stated as set of smart Objectives, i.e. Formulating a tentative answer that can be tested through the project.
  • It is something to Aim, for the purpose of the Project.
  • This may raise objectives that are followed in order to answer the question(s) but focus is always upon achieving the primary aim.
finding a good research question
Finding a good research question
  • What interests you
  • What makes you curious
  • What will make a difference in your career
  • What do you know something about
  • Something you can essentially do to completion.
  • If you are struggling you are not alone!
good research question summary
Good Research Questionsummary
  • It addresses a need or a problem that you have encountered.
  • It doesn’t need to be unique, but it must be important to you and your career.
  • It challenges you to question your own assumptions about learning and change; i.e., it challenges you to learn.
  • It is doable, meaning you are able to complete the project that would answer the question.
  • It is doable given your time and material constraints.
  • It inspires you and has the potential to hold your interest over several months.
  • It is not too general; that would result in a multitude of sub-questions.
  • It is not too narrow; that would rule out the emergence of other possibilities.
  • It cannot be answered “yes” or “no”
  • It should showcase your computing skills that you’ve developed during your time in the University for potential Employers