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Step-by-step Dissertation Survival Guide

When cooking, it is important you read the whole recipe before you begin. This helps you know how the dish is made. Apply to same logic to this guide.

Disclaimer: Each project is unique, the summary here is only intended as a loose guide.
The technical team can assist you with any points highlighted. Contact them at: psytech@salford.ac.uk


Step 1. Engage with the Dissertation Module!

That means attending lectures and contacting your supervisor – For real! If you can’t attend make sure you keep up to date with the materials. The dissertation module is a year-long module, you need to be on it! Now you’re in this mindset let’s move on to step 2!


Step 2. Talk to your supervisor and decide on a research area.

At this stage, you may wish to contact the psytech team to consult on how you will build your project. We advise you to complete this step as soon as possible! As a guide, you will want to complete this step by November at the latest.

Related resources:

  • Choosing your software/experimental platform (as a quiz?; include recruitment questions; include is your research online, in person, hybrid.)
  • Link to Equipment & Resources


Step 3. Fill out and submit your ethics form.

What you write for your ethics form can be used as a basis for your introduction and methods sectionmake it good and be efficient with your time!

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Step 4. Build your project!

This is something you can start while you’re waiting to hear back from ethics! Please bare in mind, that it is your responsibility to ensure you adhere to your ethics.

Related resources:

  • Link to Equipment & Resources
  • Rob’s lecture

Step 5. Test your project!

Make sure everything works as intended and most importantly, make sure you can understand the data that comes out of your project! The psytech team can assist if you need help exporting your data from your software/experimental platform, although please first check the related resources below.

Related resources:

  • Preprocessing data in Gorilla has been covered in the cog module if

Step 6. Set up and distribute your recruitment materials.

You can only do this once you have ethical approval!

Related resources:

  • Link SONA set up guide (MAKE SURE REFRESH THAT)

Step 7. Recruit participants and collect data.

You can be working on writing your introduction and methods alongside this step.


Step 8. Export your data

The psytech team can assist if you need help exporting your data from your software/experimental platform, although please first check the related resources below.

Related resources:

  • Closing your project (take down posters, remove off SONA)
  • Link to an exporting for each platform (JISC, Gorilla, E-prime)

Step 9. Process your data.

Contrary to popular belief, your data doesn’t magically get exported in the format you require for data analysis. This can be true for both qual and quant data. What you need to do is think what format is your data currently in, and then what format does it need to be in

Related resources:

  • Preprocessing data in Gorilla has been covered in the cog module if

Step 10. Analyse your data.

[Technicians do not offer support with statistics] Where you can get help? Look back at your modules on research methods.

Related resources:

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  • Student Assessment Support role, currently Carla James (c.james11@salford.ac.uk)

Step 11. Finish your write-up!

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Step 12. Submit your draft to your supervisor

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Step 13. Address draft feedback.

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Step 14. Submit your dissertation!

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