Personal Learning Objectives Dissertation Format

Dissertation Proposal Planner Form

Designing your research project: A successful research project requires a lot of careful planning. Often research projects fail simply because they lack focus and the details have not been thought through carefully enough.

This Dissertation Proposal Planner will help you to define and plan your proposal by asking you seven questions about what you want to study and how you plan to go about it. The process that it takes you through is one that you can use in the future development of your final dissertation.

What you will get: At the end of this section you will have a form which will include a detailed definition of your project and a draft timetable for completion of the proposal forms. This email should be an excellent basis for subsequent discussion with a supervisor after your proposal has been submitted and reviewed.

This form should take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete.



Your Name:

Your E-Mail Address:

Your dissertation proposal form is due on:

The maximum length for your dissertation is:



First consider the general area of your dissertation.

A dissertation offers you the opportunity to explore an area that you are interested in. You are welcome to think broadly about what interests you within the subject area. Your dissertation is often the place in which you can explore an area in greater depth.

1. What is your chosen topic?

[This should align with your Post-It sized description of your broad topic area from e-tivity 1.]


2. What is it that interests you about this area?

[Does this build on a personal interest? Have you already done some thinking about this subject in this course or elsewhere? This is an opportunity to draw on elements of your personal reflective journal.]



Providing more focus for your dissertation.

The area you have identified is a good starting point for your research. However, a viable research project usually requires more focus. Are there any aspects of your topic that you are particularly interested in.

3. What aspect of your topic are you most interested in?


4. What further aspects are you interested in? And what questions are you facing in addressing these issues?



What information do you think you are going to look at to help you find out about your area of study?

5. Where are your primary sources coming from?

[What are the main sources of information you think you are going to use to investigate your subject? Typically your primary source material should be something that tells you about your subject directly. Examples might include official publications or survey data. Try to explain in this section how you will be able to access this material. You may need help from your institution's library.]


6. Where are your secondary sources coming from?

[In addition to your primary sources what other sources are you going to use to find out about your subject? Secondary sources are usually materials that have already been published. They typically include books and articles. You may need help from your institution's library.]



Setting out a practical plan to get the work done.

Developing a research plan is an important part of undertaking a dissertation. How well you organise your research will be a critical factor in the success of your research

7. How long do you think the preparation of the formal Dissertation Proposal form will take? Give a rough estimate in hours.


Personal development objectives 

The author of the dissertation has identified a set of personal development objectives to be achieved during the research which consist of following points:
1. To get equipped with skills required to critically analyse academic work through undertaking literature review for the dissertation
2. To learn about the methodology of conducting research and primary data collection methods.
3. To improve communication skills and self-confidence by arranging and conducting interviews with five marketing professionals
4. To improve time management skills by adhering to research timetable and making amendments in the timetable whenever it is necessary to do so.
5. To improve analytical skills through analysing and discussing primary data collected through semi-structured in-depth interviews.
6. To improve writing skills by critically analysing and reviewing each sentence several times until the desired format is achieved.


Achievement of Personal Development Objectives

The personal development objectives to be achieved as results of the research specified by the author at the beginning of the dissertation have been achieved at the following extend:

  1. The author of the dissertation has acquired critical thinking and critical analysis skills by reviewing and critically analysing a vast amount of literature concerning the research topic, small amount of which was mentioned in the literature review section;
  2. The author of the paper has learned the methodology of conducting a research extensively, gaining a deep knowledge about issues which can be faced at each staged of the research, and more importantly how to overcome them. Moreover, the author has learned about advantages and disadvantages of each primary data collection method, forming an ability to allocate them with different kinds of researches.
  3. Communication, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills of the researcher have been improved as a result of organizing meetings with and interviewing five marketing professionals for primary data collection purposes.
  4. The time management skills of the researcher have been dramatically improved as a result of efforts and success in generally adhering to overall research timetable and making effective changes in research plan whenever circumstances required doing so.
  5. The analytical skills of the author of this paper have been improved significantly as a result of learning how to transform raw primary data into academic paper by analysing and discussing them.
  6. The writing skills of the author have been improved as well during the research thanks to the practical advices and suggestions from the dissertation supervisor.
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