Need Assistance? 01384 442752 (UK)

RESEARCH PROJECT IV (Thesis) - BGN301

Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

Improve your Thesis Writing 

  • Develop skills in undertaking research and preparing your own thesis.
Prerequisite: Research Project III

Courses can be started anytime from anywhere in the world!

towergatelogo.jpg PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR ACS GRADUATES
Towergate Insurance welcomes Professional Liability insurance applications from ACS graduates across all disciplines. Click here for more details.
 

It's easy to enrol...

1
Select a payment plan:  

2
Select a learning method  

3

Do you have a thesis to write and want to improve your writing and organisation?

Then this could be the course for you.
  • Expand your research skills and at the same time be guided to develop a plan for doing a thesis.
  • You are supported throughout the course by our highly experienced tutors.
  • Plan for a major research project that will culminate in a thesis paper.
  • Study online or by eLearning - the course requires approximately 100 hours of study to complete.
  • ACS courses are available to start at any time, and you study at your own pace.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND LESSON CONTENT 

Lesson 1.  The Problem Statement
  • Introduction
  • What is a problem
  • Selecting a topic
  • Structure of a problem statement
  • How does a problem statement relate to quantitative and qualitative research
  • Referencing and reference types
Lesson 2.  The Literature Review Part One
  • What is a literature review
  • Relating your literature review to the problem statement
  • Types of literature
  • Collecting information
  • Finding literature: text books, journal articles, indexes, abstracts, internet
Lesson 3.  The Literature Review Part Two
  • Critical reading
  • Literature review structure
  • Writing
  • Verbs
  • Quotations
  • Presentation of work
Lesson 4.  The Hypothesis
  • What is a hypothesis
  • Definitions
  • Scientific method
  • Structuring a hypothesis
  • What is not a hypothesis
  • Null hypothesis
  • Correlation v. cause and effect
  • Occam's razor
Lesson 5.  The Method
  • Introduction
  • Structuring your research method
  • Research strategy
  • Data collection
  • Quantitative data
  • Qualitative data
  • Data sampling
  • Sampling methods
  • Research integrity
Lesson 6.  Data Collection
  • Introduction
  • Primary and secondary sources of data
  • Quantitative data
  • Qualitative data
  • Data collection
  • Literature review
  • Key informants
  • Experimental
  • Correlation
  • What is correlation?
  • Questionnaires, Surveys and Tests
  • Interviews
  • Documentation
  • Observation
  • Focus groups
  • Case studies
  • Combination and triangulation
Lesson 7.  Research Proposal
  • Introduction
  • Outline
  • Cover Page, abstract, introduction, problem statement, hypothesis, context background, literature survey, research methodology
  • Time schedule, budget, terminology, resource list, appendix
  • Academic writing
 Lesson 8.  Thesis Writing
  • Nature of thesis structure
  • Thesis structure guidelines: different types
Lesson 9.  Ethics
  • Ethics of collecting data
  • Human research
  • Non human research
  • Ethics committee
  • Categories of research
10.  Where To From Here
  • Pitfalls
  • Finalising a thesis submission

SOURCES OF DATA

Primary data sources are those where you get the information first-hand. This includes information you have collected it yourself through observation, surveys or interviews. It may also include books etc. depending upon the research involved. This is the preferred source of information for research, however they may not always be available for several reasons such as the original language the source was written in or the source is out of print. Collecting data from primary sources is often called field research.
 
Secondary data sources are those where the information is not first-hand. They may include commentaries, reviews, summaries, explanations, other research articles etc. Secondary data is also very useful in that it may point the researcher to many other sources of primary data, it is also easy to obtain, but the researcher must always be careful with the information. Collecting data from secondary sources is referred to as desk research.

Quantitative Data

Quantitative data includes information that can be directly measured numerically. It uses numbers to measure and describe the subject (quantity = quantitative). For example: trees per hectare: 124 trees/ha, average height: 32.3 m. Quantitative data is:
  • precise
  • reliable
  • structured
  • easier to analyse.
You would use quantitative date if:
  • you want to do statistical analysis
  • you know exactly what you want to measure
  • you are covering large groups.

Qualitative Data

Qualitative data includes information which can be observed but not measured. It is descriptive and deals with the quality of the subject (quality = qualitative). Eg: types of trees on property: E. maculata, E. pipperita, height: tall. It provides responses which reflect:
  • attitudes
  • descriptions
  • judgement.
You would use Qualitative data if:
  • you want anecdotal information or personal information, and/or
  • are not entirely sure what you want to measure, and/or
  • are not required to quantify your results.

Data Collection

Data collection techniques include:
  • Using available information - Literature.
  • Using available information - Key informants.
  • Surveys.
  • Interviews – degrees of flexibility.
  • Focus Groups - discussion.
  • Observation – of behaviour, of the current state of an object.
  • Mapping – important visual representation of geographic relationships.
  • Scaling – gain other’s opinion.
Literature Review
The literature review provides a framework within which to investigate the field of interest. The aim is to provide you with sufficient working knowledge of a topic in preparation for studying that topic. It will also help focus you in your proposed area of research.
Key Informants
A key informant is someone who is considered very knowledgeable or has experience in your field of research. They may be a community member, an academic or a survivor who tells their story. They provide an opportunity to access available information.
Experimental
This method is one in which a researcher manipulates a variable (anything that can vary) under highly controlled conditions to see if this produces (causes) any changes in a second variable.
 
All scientific disciplines use this method because they are interested in understanding the laws (cause-and-effect relationships) of nature. The power of the experimental method derives from the fact that it allows researchers to detect cause-and-effect relationships
 
In order to see cause-and-effect relationships the researcher must be sure that his manipulations (the independent variable) are the only variables having an effect on the dependent variable. He does this by holding all other variables, variables that might also affect the dependent variable, constant (equivalent, the same).

WHAT NEXT?

You can enrol on this Thesis Writing course today - simply go to the "It's easy to enrol" box at the top right hand side of this page.

Or, if you would like to know more, or need help in choosing a course get in touch with us today.

Phone us on (UK) 01384 442752, or (outside UK) +44 (0) 1384 442752, or

Use our FREE COURSE COUNSELLING SERVICE - connect with our specialist tutors - they will be pleased to hear from you. 

Meet some of our academics

Dr Karen CrippsTwo decades in tourism, as an educator, researcher and writer. Her experience also extends to environmental management, ecotourism and business management. PhD, M.Sc, BA (Hons) TEASOL
Dr Robert BrowneEnvironmental Consultant, Zoologist, Author, Sustainability expert, Teacher. Robert’s science employment has included consultancy with biotechnology corporations and in response to the global biodiversity conservation crisis, and has focused on amphibian conservation and sustainability.
Alison Pearce (animal)B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Masters Degree in Ecotourism. P.G.Cert. Ed. (Science). Alison's first job was in 1982 as a stockwoman, working with pigs in Yorkshire. Within a few years she of that she was working for the University of Western Australia as a Research Technician and instructor with their school of Agricultural Science.In 1989 she moved to Melbourne University as Unit Manager and Instructor in Animal Husbandry. By the mid 1990's she moved back to England to work in Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing at Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture. Throughout her career, Alison has developed and delivered courses in veterinary nursing and animal sciences for vocational colleges and universities in Australia, New Zealand and Australia. She has built a high level of expertise and an outstanding international reputation as an expert in animal sciences.


Check out our eBooks

English GrammarThe English Grammar ebook can be a great reference for students, people who are learning English and anybody who writes anything- ever. The English Grammar ebook takes grammar back to basics to help confirm correct use of grammar. Topics that are covered within this course include 1/ Introduction- the components of language, 2/ Types of words, 3/ Punctuation, 4/ Upper and lower case, abbreviations, numbers, bullet points and 5/ Using words together.
LeadershipWhat makes a good leader? Is it an innate personality trait or a skill that can be acquired? This book is an excellent guide to the theories and practice of leadership. It is full of interesting facts about social dynamics and examples of leadership styles. For those who are curious or in need of some leadership skills, this book will provide both entertainment and advice.
Professional WritingProfessional writing is any writing that you are being paid for. It can include fiction writing, a best-selling book, articles in a magazine, articles in a newspaper, blogs for companies, technical manuals or procedure manuals, copy for catalogues, newsletters, text books and other academic material and so on.
Creative WritingThe Creative Writing ebook can be useful for writing students or even professional writers to help improve their writing techniques and skills. The Creative Writing ebook is a fabulous starting point for budding writers. The topics that are covered within this book are an introduction to creative writing, Methodology and technique- the building blocks of writing, Genres, Creative non-fiction, creative writing techniques, developing your skill, building your career and a Glossary.