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Dissertation Bootcamp

Information on the Skills Centre Dissertation Bootcamp for all final-year undergraduate students, running March-April 2021.

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The Dissertation Bootcamp launches March 2021. 

Are you writing up your final-year research project or dissertation and looking to give your work the edge? Our Dissertation Bootcamp is a four-week programme of online sessions to equip you with the skills needed to push your dissertation writing to the next level. The programme has been designed for final year students who are submitting their projects/dissertations this year, but all undergraduate students are welcome to attend.
 

What can I expect from bootcamp programme sessions? 

  • Goal-focused: Leave with strategies and a clear action plan for your project/ dissertation write-up. 

  • Productive: Focused, 60-minute sessions ensure you to get the most out of your time. 

  • Get answers fast: Weekly online drop-ins and online Q&A boards for answers to your questions. 
     

When does the bootcamp start? 

Session will run weekly on Tuesday 12-1pm, starting March 23rd. We don't asks students to share webcams or microphones, so feel free to bring your lunch to the sessions! 

What do the sessions cover?

Given that dissertation hand-in dates differ across courses, we appreciate that not everyone will be able to attend the whole bootcamp. However, there is no need to attend multiple sessions - please choose the dates/sessions that are most relevant to you.
 

  • Week 1 (March 23rd): Writing a 1st class final-year project
    Using examples of student work, we'll look at the features of first-class writing and how you can build these into your own work.

     

  • Week 2 (March 30th): Finding and using academic literature
    Our expert librarians will show you how to navigate our subject guides and databases, as well as advanced searching techniques, to find relevant literature for your project.

Easter break - no session on April 6th
 

  • Week 3 (April 13th): Writing up your methodology
    This session will focus on how to write and present your methodology section, and how to integrate critical writing here. Our tips will be relevant to both qualitative and quantitative projects.
     

  • Week 4 (April 20th): Writing up your discussion
    In this session, we'll look at how to interpret and write about your findings in the discussion section, using examples of student work to show how literature can be integrated here.

     

All bootcamp recruits will have also have access to our Padlet boards to post questions for our tutors and to access additional study resources and guides.


Ready to sign up? Book a place on any session by clicking the links above.

Can't make it?  If you can't make a session due to other commitments, please let us know at skillscentre@shu.ac.uk and we can email you a recording of the session.