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The research process journey is normally tiring and frustrating. This becomes complicated especially if you are allocated a supervisor who is unavailable to guide you in the process. A lot of undergraduate and postgraduate students find themselves walking this journey alone only to get surprised during examination or defense when they fail the examination. This course is meant to lay the foundation for writing a thesis or a dissertation that will be acceptable before a panel of examiner.
This course will ensure that before examination, the candidate/student is aware of the likely questions that the examiners will ask before the defense. Each section is well demonstrated using each section from my own Ph.D., which gives you practical application of the lessons. What I teach you in this course is what I have learned during my many years of guiding both my undergraduate and postgraduate students in their research work at the University of Nairobi and also my experience as a PhD candidate.
I have packaged this course in a simplified manner document to ensure that you have 100% chance of writing a good research paper that will impress the examiners. I guarantee that you will find this course useful and valuable to boost your confidence in writing the research work, submitting it, defending it successfully and ultimately passing the defenses and finishing your degree in time.
This course has 4 topics covered in 15 lessons. Topic 1 which runs from Lesson 1 – 12 covers the research proposal, topic 2, lesson 13 covers chapter five; topic covers the general structure of thesis or dissertation while topic 4, lesson 14 and 15 ends with a discussion on preparation for defense including the likely questions that the examiners are likely to ask and ten successful tips to ensure that you finish the research work in time.
Assumptions of the Course
This course assumes that the learner has already gone through the Research Methods and Statistics course units. For free Research methods on You tube, log on to: https://www.researchmethodsclass.com/research-methods-course/
At the end of this course, the learner should be able to:
- Deliver a clear and effective research study for a graduate or postgraduate program
- Prepare and present a strong research work that grows their discipline
- Familiarize and respond appropriately to the common questions that examiners ask during thesis defense.
What Will You Learn?
- How to identify a perfect dissertation topic
- Success tips to completing research work
- An overview of the structure of thesis, dissertation or project
- How to develop measurable indicators
- Development of data collection tools
- How to prepare for examination/defense
- Five likely questions that you will be asked during the defense
- APA style of Referencing
How to Develop a Strong Thesis, Dissertation Proposal
Explaining the differences between a project, thesis and dissertation25:22
How to Formulate a Research Problem14:03
Topic or Title? How to choose a Perfect Topic25:31
Problem Statement: How to write Problem Statement20:03
How to Develop Strong Research Questions and Hypotheses23:19
Explaining Theoretical and Conceptual Framework22:02
Paradigms and Designs: What is their Relationship?25:36
Sampling and Sampling Techniques23:37
Data Collection Methods20:45
Chapter Four: Data Analysis Techniques
Chapter Four: Data Analysis Techniques: Analysis of Narrative Data (Coding and Thematic Analysis)17:16
Chapter Four: Data Analysis Techniques: Analysis of Numerical Data13:41
Chapter Five: Summary of the Study
Summary of Findings, Conclusions and Recommendations20:36
Structure of Thesis and Dissertation
General Structure of Thesis, Dissertation or Project33:26
How to Complete your Thesis or Dissertation in Time
Preparation for defense: Questions asked during Oral Examination19:48
Ten Successful tips to Complete your Thesis or Dissertation in Time19:42