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Writing built environment dissertations and projects : practical guidance and examples

Author: Peter Farrell; Fred Sherratt; Alan Richardson
Publisher: Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom : John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Farrell, Peter, 1955- author.
Writing built environment dissertations and projects.
Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom : John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2016
(DLC) 2015048367
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Farrell; Fred Sherratt; Alan Richardson
ISBN: 9781118921920 1118921925
OCLC Number: 954270782
Notes: Revised edition of: Writing a built environment dissertation. 2011.
Description: xi, 356 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : Terminology; nomenclature ; Document structure ; Possible subject areas for your research ; Professional bodies and the non-technical or technical dissertation or project ; Qualitative or quantitative analysis? ; The student/supervisor relationship and time management ; Ethical compliance and risk assessments ; House style or style guide ; Writing style ; Proofreading ; Extra support ; A research proposal ; A viva or viva voce --
The introduction chapter to the dissertation or project : Introduction contents ; Articulation or description of the problem and provisional objectives --
Review of theory and the literature : Style and contents of a literature review ; Judgements or opinions? ; Sources of data ; Methods of finding the literature ; Embedding theory in dissertations and projects ; Referencing as evidence of reading ; Citing literature sources in the narrative of your work ; References or bibliography or both? ; Common mistakes by students ; Using software to help with references ; Avoiding the charge of plagiarism --
Research goals and their measurement : Aim ; Research questions ; Objectives ; Variables ; A hypothesis with one variable ; A hypothesis with two variables: independent and dependent ; Writing the hypothesis: nulls and tails: a matter of semantics ; 'Lots' of variables at large, intervening variables ; Ancillary or subject variables ; No relationship between the IV and the DV ; Designing measurement instruments; use authoritative tools and adapt the work of others ; Levels of measurement ; Examples of categorical or nominal data in construction ; Examples of ordinal data in construction ; Examples of interval and ratio data in construction ; Types of data ; Money and CO₂ as variables ; Three objectives, each with an IV and DV: four variables to measure ; Summarising research goals; variables and their definition --
The methodology chapter: analysis, results and findings : Approaches to collecting data ; Data measuring and collection ; Issues mostly relevant to just questionnaires ; Ranking studies ; Other analytical tools ; Incorporating reliability and validity ; Analysis, results and findings --
Laboratory experiments : Test methodology ; Sourcing test materials ; Reliability and validity of findings ; Sample size ; Laboratory recording procedures ; Dissertation/project writing (introduction, methodology and results) ; Health and safety in the laboratory; COSHH and risk assessments ; Role of the supervisor ; Possible research topics for technical dissertations or projects, construction and civil engineering ; Examples of research proposals ; Research objectives and sample findings by the author --
Qualitative data analysis : The process of qualitative data collection ; Steps in the analytical process --
Quantitative data analysis; descriptive statistics : Examples of the use of descriptive statistical tools ; Ancillary variables ; Illustration of relevant descriptive statistics in charts ; Normal distributions; Z scores ; A second variable for descriptive analysis; an IV and a DV --
Quantitative data analysis; inferential statistics : Probability values and three key test: chi-square, difference in means and correlation ; The chi-square test ; Determining whether the dataset is parametric or non-parametric ; Difference in mean tests; the t-test ; Difference in means; the unrelated Mann-Whitney test ; Difference in means; the related Wilcoxon t-test ; Difference in means; the parametric related t-test ; Correlations ; Using correlation coefficients to measure internal reliability and validity in questionnaires ; Which test? ; Confidence intervals ; Summarising results --
Discussion, conclusions, recommendations and appendices : Discussion ; Conclusions and recommendations ; Appendices ; The examiner's perspective ; Summary of the dissertation or project process --
List of appendices : A. Glossary to demystify research terms ; B. Research ethics and health and safety examples ; C. An abstract, problem description and literature review ; D. Eight research proposals ; E. Raw data for a qualitative study ; F. Statistical tables.
Other Titles: Writing a built environment dissertation
Responsibility: Peter Farrell with Fred Sherratt and Alan Richardson.
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