There are many things I wished I knew before I started writing my dissertation. One of which is recognising the significance of the dissertation outline. In fact, its preparation might have saved me time and aggravation.
To avoid this same scene to occur in your case, I got here laid out every single thing that you need to know about the outline and its preparation.
1. It’s a must for dissertation writing. Sure, you can go ahead and work your way around whatever comes. But, in most cases, this haphazard method is sure to punish you: you’d miss some and hit too much of the unnecessary.
2. It’s not like an agriculture essay (or any other essay for that matter). Yes, folks tell young folks that a chockfull lot of the chapters are written essay-style. But, that’s that. Its content got to be focused and contained to that assigned subheading, yet relatable to the whole piece. If organising in an essay can be challenging, how much more for a comprehensive piece like a dissertation?
3. It can be handy when lost. That’s the ultimate thing about an outline: when you get real off- track, it shows you where you’re at, and where you need to go next. The speed by which you can go back track depends on how you design the outline (ideally, a combination of short texts and description).
4. Don’t get strict with the sequence. The dissertation outline’s chapters are numbered, right. And your supervisor may advice you to jump on a few chapters, and then go back to the other. This leaping does help; in fact, some foundations occur at the middle part of the dissertation of which helps you settle the remaining chapters.
For the outline preparation:
5. Make use of the simple, humble list. A lot of sites advocate the use of list – and you can’t blame them. A list is simple and accommodates changes just as easily. But what stuff should the list have? Carrie Winstanley of “How to Create Your Dissertation Outline” says, “Outlining your dissertation involves two main aspects: a practical list of what you need to do and a sketch of what you want to say.”
6. Use some scribbled visuals. To provide respite from all the text, add some visual creations. For instance, if a chapter requires some tables or graphs, make small symbol-like representations of these things. And if you got the time, conceptualise its features and add labels.
7. Consult other listed outlines. See what your peers’ outlines have and detect stuff that you can incorporate on your own dissertation outline. Don’t forget to share yours, too!
Hopefully, with these entries, your dissertation burden got a bit lighter.