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Choosing one's Dissertation topic can be tricky. This slideshow presents a comprehensive step-by-step guide for Dissertation students, who are still looking for their topic. This useful resource......

Choosing one's Dissertation topic can be tricky. This slideshow presents a comprehensive step-by-step guide for Dissertation students, who are still looking for their topic. This useful resource can help you identify a Research topic, which is Feasible, viable, contemporary and academically relevant.

What should you research, whether your topic is viable or not, is your topic academically grounded? There are many questions and far too few answers. Students are generally left alone at the beginning of their Dissertation. This is also the most crucial time when students are most vulnerable to making mistakes.

Once you have chosen the wrong topic, your entire research may seem doomed. Even if you are fortunate enough to correct your mistake down the line, you may have wasted precious time.

Use this guide to identify the topic for your dissertation. If you feel stuck, feel free to email us at query@solidfundamentals.co.uk and our mentors will be happy to help you.

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  • 1. How to Choose your Dissertation Topic www.solidfundamentals.co.uk Solid Fundamentals UK’s Premier Academic Mentors for Business and Management Students
  • 2. In this Guide • What is a good dissertation topic? • How should you look for such a topic? • Frame a Research Topic yourself! • What are the attributes of a good dissertation topic? • The possible pitfalls
  • 3. A Note: A write up of this Presentation is available at: http://bit.ly/1emp5Pp If you have any questions, contact us at query@solidfundamentals.co.uk and we will be happy to answer your questions
  • 4. Why do you need a Dissertation Topic? • Most UK university students need to complete a Dissertation • A successful Dissertation can mean the difference between a diploma and a degree • An academic Dissertation needs to start with a relevant topic
  • 5. What is a Good Dissertation Topic A good dissertation topic needs to be: Academically Relevant What does it mean?
  • 6. Academically Relevant Dissertation Topic Your topic should be: • Worthy of academic research • Not been done before • Should make a valid contribution to the existing body of knowledge
  • 7. In a Nutshell i.e. Your topic needs to have roots in the existing literature, while contributing to the existing body of knowledge… Confused?
  • 8. How should you look for such a topic •Step 1: Identify your interest area •Step 2: Narrow your Search •Step 3: Read
  • 9. Step 1: Identifying your Interest Area • Which subjects do you like? E.g. Services Marketing • A sector that you have worked in / are interested in? E.g. Banking • An industry where data collection is easy? E.g. IT industry because you / someone you know works in it
  • 10. Step 2: Narrow it Down • Refer to your present and past course material E.g. Services Marketing module guide or core textbook • Identify a sub-Subject that you are interested in E.g. What interests you in Services Marketing, may be Relationship Marketing or perhaps, Service Quality • Combine everything Bring together the sub-Subject area and the industry / sector where you want to do your research and you have a broad research idea, e.g. Service Quality in Banking
  • 11. Step 3: READ • Head to Google Scholar scholar.google.com • Type in your broad Research Idea E.g. “Service quality”+Banking • Read the first few Focus on aim, methodology and scope for future research (found at the end) • Look at the recent research in the field By selecting „Since 2009‟ from the left and read the first few articles with a focus on aim, methodology and scope for future research (found at the end)
  • 12. Did you find a Research Topic yet? No! Continue to Read
  • 13. Frame a Research Topic yourself • Frame a Broad Idea I want to study Service Quality in Hotel Industry • Determine the scope of Research I want to study Luxury Hotels in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia • Identify the Relevant Issues Think what could be relevant issues for a hotel, customer satisfaction, customer loyalty, repurchase intention. • Frame a Broad Research Topic E.g. impact of good service on loyalty. Once you reach this stage, you will need to read further Identifying the Relevant Issues and Framing a Broad Research Topic can be made easy by reading relevant journal articles. Refer to Slide 11 – Step 3: READ
  • 14. Attributes of a good Research Topic • FEASIBLE • RELEVANT • ACADEMICALLY RIGOROUS • VIABLE • CONTEMPORARY
  • 15. FEASIBLE Is your research doable or is it something that is not logical?
  • 16. RELEVANT Is your research relevant to academia, managers or perhaps, both?
  • 17. ACADEMICALLY RIGOROUS i.e. Your topic needs to have roots in the existing literature, while contributing to the existing body of knowledge…
  • 18. VIABLE Is your research achievable within the time frame available?
  • 19. CONTEMPORARY Is your topic / research relevant in today‟s context?
  • 20. Avoid the Pitfalls • Don‟t commit yourself Be prepared to change, modify or completely reject the initial idea • Read, read, read There is no alternative. You can read smartly though, see Slide 11 – Step 3: READ • Don‟t suffer in Silence Talk to your supervisor, colleagues or us and you will find a way, if you get stuck
  • 21. By this time, you know • What‟s a good dissertation topic • How to look for a good dissertation topic • What are the key attributes of a good topic • How to frame a research topic yourself • How to avoid the common pitfalls
  • 22. Finally • For any questions: query@solidfundamentals.co.uk • Other resources: http://solidfundamentals.co.uk • Blog: http://solidfundamentals.co.uk/Blog/Blog.html • Twitter: https://twitter.com/SolidFundamntls