The good news is that you have already started writing if you have written any of the following in relation to this study: In each case the object of the writing was to communicate to yourself, your supervisors, or to others, something about your work.In writing your dissertation you will draw on some of this earlier writing to produce a longer and more comprehensive account.This may be one of the shortest sections of your thesis or dissertation, but it is worthwhile taking great care to write it well.
You should also refer to the History Department style guide.
Hand your dissertation in at the Engineering and Informatics School Office (Chichester 1, Room 002).
All extensive listings of data etc should be included as appendices.
Program code can also be included as an appendix but we would prefer it to be uploaded electronically via Canvas, or on a USB drive or similar attached to each copy of the dissertation.
The process of having to describe your study in detail, in a logical sequence of written words, will inevitably highlight where more thought is needed, and it may lead to new insight into connections, implications, rationale, relevance, and may lead to new ideas for further research.
Barras (1979, p136) suggests that you ‘think of your report as part of your investigation, not as a duty to be undertaken when your work is otherwise complete’, and this Study Guide suggests that: writing is an integral part of the research process.
You will need it to be succinct, specific, descriptive, and representative of the research you have done.
There is likely to be a required format for the title page in your discipline, so you need to check what that is.
The Abstract is an important element of the thesis, and will become a document in its own right if the thesis is registered within any database.
The examiners will therefore assess your Abstract both as part of your thesis, and as a potentially independent document.