If you have never really thought about this it would be worth devoting some time to doing so.
When you get to the point of writing a dissertation, you're clearly near the end of an important stage of your educational journey.
In other courses it is set out what they want you to find out.
This is about your individual thought and direction – you can go off in your chosen direction, branch out and make different things relate to each other. (Todd, Bannister and Clegg, 2004, pp339-340) All dissertations will vary in format, style and design.
Ultimately you will be drawing together issues of theory, method and methodology and bringing them to bear on your chosen topic.
Those dissertations that can best accomplish this integration or even synthesis are often the most conceptually and methodologically accomplished pieces of work.Others are much broader and develop your effectiveness in collecting, manipulating and interrogating information, its application and the production of reports - all of which are useful skills in employment.For many undergraduate degree students, a significant element of final year study is an independent learning project.A dissertation or final year project, as a form of assessment differs from other module assessments.The expectation is that you, the learner, take responsibility for your own learning and that you produce a literature review, you choose a method for undertaking a study, write up your findings and discuss the outcomes in a discussion section.The way in which this type of assessment is organised will vary from institution to institution and course to course.It is important that you familiarise yourself with the particular arrangements for your degree.According to Todd et al (2004) while these projects may vary greatly in scope and nature (e.g.a large-scale written assignment such as a dissertation or extended essay; the design and production of some type of artefact) most share a number of key characteristics.Look for a module handbook which sets out these requirements and how you are allocated a dissertation tutor or supervisor.Your supervisor and any handbooks that are produced are excellent sources of information and support and will help you understand how the dissertation process works.