Presentation of your dissertation
Your dissertation should be word-processed and double line-spaced in 12-point font (except abstract, which should be single line-spaced). Use page numbers. The format should be as follows:
Full title of the project; full name of author;
The abstract should be approximately 200 words, and certainly no more than 300 words, single line-spaced (the remainder of your dissertation will be double line-spaced), presenting a summary of the subject of the research, the methodology and methods used and the main findings and conclusions. The abstract need not contain references.
Briefly give mention to anyone who has been of specific help to you in the preparation of your project whom you feel deserves acknowledgement.
The contents page should list in sequence with page numbers all main subdivisions of your dissertation, such as sections and subsections, reference list, and if applicable list of tables, figures or appendices.
Main body of dissertation
This will generally take the form of a series of sections commencing with an introduction and ending with a conclusion as discussed above. The exact nature of the structure of your dissertation will vary according to the type of research undertaken and you should seek the advice of your supervisor if you are in any doubt about structure. You should bear in mind that you need to adhere to academic convention in your writing and referencing and failure to do so will be marked down in presentation. Remember also that the learning outcomes for the module require criticality in your work and absence of this will greatly affect your mark. Take particular note of the following in terms of presentation:
- Irrespective of the nature of your research, your dissertation should be appropriately discursive and that means avoiding the use of bullet points. If you present large sections presented in bullet point format you risk failing the assignment because this is inappropriate in a discursive document;
- Normally avoid report-style conventions, such as numbering sections, unless you are producing a dissertation that adheres to scientific conventions in which case you should align your presentation with the appropriate epistemological (i.e. objectivist) approach.
This should set out in alphabetical order the full list of texts referred to in your dissertation; in other words, if you cite an author in your text, the reference must appear in the reference list. If a reference appears in your reference list, the author’s name and date of publication should appear in your text. Use only the Harvard or APA styles of referencing. Failure to reference your work properly will be, at the very least, classed as poor scholarship and may result in you failing the module. It may also lead to accusations of plagiarism and the possibility of referral through the University procedures for misconduct, which if upheld will lead to severe penalties at this level.
The total word count of your dissertation, including title page, abstract, acknowledgements, contents page, references (but excluding appendices if applicable), should be 7000 words plus or minus a 10% margin. The word count of the main body (from the start of your introduction to the end of your conclusion) should be 5000 words plus or minus 10%. This means you will be producing a dissertation that reflects the length of a normal published research paper or article. In order to keep your work concise you will need to focus on the key aspects of your research – an important skill that will benefit you in the future.
Type of service: Academic paper writing
Type of assignment: Dissertation
Subject: Criminal justice
Number of sources: 6
Academic level: Undergraduate
Paper format: Harvard
Line spacing: Double
Language style: UK English