Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Dissertation Writing for Undergraduates

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology


To provide students from the different disciplines with the skills necessary to write an undergraduate dissertation in their field of study.


The study-unit aims to help students understand the basic structure and presentation of research with special reference to the writing of undergraduate dissertations in their field. It will also attempt to make students aware of specific considerations that should be kept in mind when choosing a topic and preparing a research proposal. Workshop sessions will also be held with the purpose of carrying out detailed analyses of current journal papers in the relevant fields. Some emphasis will also be made on the appropriate presentation of data, especially with respect to readability and coherence and conforming to the appropriate referencing styles of the relevant academic fields.

Reading List

- Cooley, L., & Lewkowicz, J. (2003). Dissertation writing in practice: Turning ideas into text. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
- Cutts, M. (2009). Oxford guide to plain English (3rd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Fowler, H. W. (Author), Burchfield, R. W. (Ed.). (1998). The new Fowler’s modern English usage (3rd rev. ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Greetham, B. (2009). How to write your undergraduate dissertation. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Hart, C. (1998). Doing a literature review: Releasing the social science research imagination. London: Sage.
- Kipfer, B. A. (Ed.). (2010). Roget’s international thesaurus (7th ed.). New York: Collins Reference.
- Levin, P. (2005). Excellent dissertations. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
- Ritter, R. M. (2002). The Oxford guide to style: The style Bible for all writers, editors, and publishers. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Russey, W. E., Ebel, H. F., & Bliefert, C. H. (2006). How to write a successful science thesis: The concise guide for students. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH.
- Sayce, K. (2006). What not to write. London: Words at work.
- Tredinnick, M. (2008). Writing well: The essential guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Portfolio SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Conrad Aquilina

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