Following the successful first edition, this revised and updated book continues to provide students with a detailed guide to the planning and procedures they must consider when preparing dissertations in geography, environmental science and geology. Written by well-respected authors in the field, it takes new sources, improved technology in production of the dissertation, and changes in teaching style into account. Guiding the reader through each stage in the process, it deals with many of the common concerns and issues involved in dissertation writing, ranging from deciding which topic to work on, through research design and data collection, to handing in the final bound volume. With an extended consideration of different types of data (qualitative, quantitative and spatial) and a broad reflection on different approaches to problem solving, this useful text suggests practical ways of dealing with the tasks involved, locates the common pitfalls associated with each, and helps readers write the best dissertation possible.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. What is a (Good) Dissertation and Why Do I Have to Do One? 3. When Should I Start and How Long Will it Take? 4. What Shall I Do It On? 5. How Do l Do It? 6. What Kind of Data Do I Need and How Do I Get Them? 7. What Can I Do with my Data When I've Got Them? 8. What Amount of Data Do I Need? 9. Should I Model? 10. Help! It's All Gone Horribly Wrong. What Can I Do? 11. How Should I Write up my Dissertation? 12. How Will It Be Marked? 13. A Final Word
Tony Parsons is the Professor of Physical Geography at Leicester University. His research interests are in hillslop geomorphology, with a particular focus on runoff and sediment and nutrient transport on dryland hillslops. His work has appeared in several journals and books including How to do your Essay Exams and Coursework in Geography and Related Disciplines co-authored with Peter G. Knight. Peter G. Knight is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography at Keele University. He carries out research in glaciology based on Arctic fieldwork and laboratory experiments. He has written and contributed to a variety of books and his work has appeared in journals such as Journal of Glaciology and Quaternary Science Reviews.