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Assignments and Dissertations Handout
Some Practical Guidelines on How to do Assignments and Dissertations and Use Key Resources
The title page should list the assignment question which has been set. It should state the Module title, your name and student number. The following page should be the table of contents. The assignment should have an introduction, a body and then the conclusion. The introduction should clearly state what your definition is of the topic and its description. It should be written in a way that it arouses interest and should be informative. The body should contain the development of a particular point of view, your views on the topic; you should compare and contrast different theories, opinions and ideas, for example. Present you own arguments and beliefs about a topic. Analyse, evaluate and give your own opinion and present evidence. You can mention the discoveries that you have made whilst researching the topic. Has your thinking changed as a result of this research? What is your standpoint now after learning about the subject in detail? The conclusion presents your findings of the study of a particular topic and you may suggest how and what can be done to make improvements and conclude your investigations.
This is based on meanings derived from numbers such as in tables. area of research. and sampling. or theory. It should be an overview of a subject. diagrams and statistical methods. It can be through nonparticipant observation where the person is detached and does not take part at all. It can be through the use of a case study of an organisation. books and other sources such as dissertations. issue and theory under consideration and state the objectives of the literature review.
Surveys carried out through questionnaires and interviews or both. which may include quantitative questionnaires in conjunction with descriptive evidence such as interviews and observations.
The meaning is expressed in words and the collection of data uses a variety of formats and is not standardised.
Critical Thinking and Analysis
Critical thinking is when you compare and contrast theories with each other. through observation such as what people do and say. summary and critical evaluation of each work. it can be through participant observation where the researcher becomes totally involved in the situation which is being researched. It provides a description. or when you try to work out gaps or flaws in those theories. This data is analysed by means of identification of concepts and descriptions.A literature review surveys scholarly articles. The purpose is to offer an overview of significant literature published on a topic. The emphasis is on measurement and testing and numbers are involved. conference proceedings relevant to a particular issue. It can be in the form of an interview.
it is not something isolated to your university work. demonstrate. you check if airport transfers are included. This is a form of critical thinking. All of these processes are part of critical thinking. analyse alternatives. thus. you look at websites of the travel companies which offer special deals. Refer to: Index to Conference Proceedings Received – The British Library A very useful source for a literature review.
HMSO Annual Catalogue Catalogue of Official Publications Not Published by HMSO UKOP: Catalogue of UK Official Publications
.You have to find information. evaluate the alternatives in relation to your aims and requirements and reach some conclusion. describe Self-regulation – adapt to requirements Using evidence impartially – be objective. deduce. does the travel agent offer insurance cover. the theory Analysis – detailed examination of the topic. unbiased. you compare the fares that you need to pay. the idea. balanced
A large number of conferences are held annually and the information given at these is up-to-date and specialised. appraise Inference – draw a conclusion. is the hotel located well for transport connections. surmise Explanation – define. You have to question. scrutiny Evaluation – assess. For example if you are choosing a holiday say to Tunisia. Is it half-board. does a tour guide come in to give tips about the area etc. are any excursions included in the price and so on and so forth. Critical thinking comprises:
Interpretation – explain the meaning of the concept. identify trends and provide evidence to support your thinking and ideas. critical thinking is an activity you are familiar with from everyday life. dissection.
2004 Trade unions Average income of households before and after taxes and benefits. An example of the type of information available in this publication is given below. publications and other services produced by government and a range of other
. 2003/04 Sources of gross household income Average earnings index: all employee jobs: by industry Gross weekly and hourly earnings of full time employees: by sex Average earnings: by age group of full time employees: by sex. 2004 Sources of gross household income
The Guide to Official Statistics
Title: National Statistics product: Organisation (Sponsor): Type of contents: Primary medium: Secondary medium/media: Summary description:
Guide to Official Statistics Yes Office for National Statistics (ONS) Mainly reference material On-line edition Hardcopy Publication A comprehensive directory of all statistical censuses. Vast arrays of statistics are available in this publication. surveys. administrative systems. This is just a small sample. Average earnings index: all employee jobs: by industry Gross weekly and hourly earnings of full time employees: by sex Average earnings: by age group of full time employees: by sex.Official Statistics
Annual Abstract of Statistics This publication is available in the reference section of major public libraries in London.
City Business Library.cityoflondon.
The British Humanities Index Current Technology Index
These cover all UK academic publications and are useful resources. Available at The British Library and major London public libraries.
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Staff will answer questions about all aspects of intellectual property and any other aspect of the work of the Office. Universities and Skills (DIUS). IPO is the official government body responsible for granting Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom (UK).
Current Serials Received
Available at The British Library This is the main publication which lists journals containing review articles.organisations in the United Kingdom. 1 Brewers’ Hall Garden.uk/citybusinesslibrary.
. These rights include:
Patents Designs Trade marks Copyright
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www. Please ask for the Leaflet with the Usernames and Passwords to access the Databases.
turnover size or number of employees and create and display lists in customised formats.000 companies may be downloaded at any one time. Moorgate and St Paul’s The City Business Library stocks the following resources: Company Information: Fame
Detailed financial information on registered companies in the UK and Irish Republic.
Freeman Property Guide UK
Information on the property industry in the UK. including company details. products and locations. and business activities. geographical areas (including postcodes). service providers and news. business activity. Also has country information.000 companies at a time)
Marketline Business Information Centre
Company profiles including business description. including company financials.
Information on companies around the World. company history. You can just walk in to the Library and start using it. turnover. It is useful for finding importers and exporters within a country.
Nearest Undergrounds: Bank. You can search by company name. executives.
Detailed information on US and international companies. It is not possible to download – it is only possible to PRINT (maximum of 2.
. Barbican. trade name. history and annual reports. SWOT analysis. rankings. Also covers market research and statistical data information. local authorities. location including postcode.There are no membership requirements. You can search by company name. A maximum of 2. number of employees. equities.
Retail Analysis (IGD – the Institute of Grocery Distribution)
Current news. UK law. profiles (including SWOT analysis). energy.
A live web link to the ScoRe online database which lists libraries’ holdings of printed company annual reports. Also covers company information. Market Research: Business Insights
Strategic analysis of consumer goods. demographics. finance. etc. You can search by sector or sub-sectors or use free text. including economic climate. Searchable by industry with details and contacts for companies.
Thomas Global and Thomas Net
Live links to UK and overseas companies and USA companies respectively. and the position of leading products and their suppliers.
UK Wire. Boots. and financial information on major UK and international retail companies such as ASDA.
Law: Statute Law Database.
. political climate. market directions. Marks & Spencer.
Country information: EIU Economist Intelligence Unit
Detailed information on countries worldwide.
Marketline Business Information Centre
Country profiles include key facts and economic statistics. etc.com. A typical report includes market position & overview. (Does not include text of reports). market shape & size. healthcare & technology sectors.
Brief Demographic and economic statistics on specific countries. Tesco.
A live web link with company announcements.
and competitor profiles. major trends and analysis of the business environment. Tobacco. buying behaviour.uk/citybusinesslibrary (link to Online Resources).
. trades and professions. including company details. regional and national newspapers and magazines. legal issues. business-to-business and some industrial sectors. service providers and news. It is not possible to download – it is only possible to PRINT. Provides monthly statistics for EU member states and 14 other countries. Household products. rankings. Pet care.
Freeman Property Guide UK
Information on the property industry in the UK. corporate news releases and industry newsletters (January 2000 . News and Magazines.
Newspapers and Journals: NewsUK
Articles from 68 UK national and regional newspapers and magazines. Also statistical information over a 10 year period covering the industries: Baby care. NB This database is also available remotely from our online catalogue via www. service and agricultural sectors.
Key Note Online
Reports on consumer. local authorities. A typical report includes market size. annual data for other countries. Food.CCH Business Focus (CD-ROM updated every 2 months)
Especially useful for anyone wishing to start up a new business in the “high street”.
News Research includes articles published in trade and business journals. and performance.gov. local. SWOT analysis. Personal care.
Statistics: Business Trade Statistics
Detailed import and export statistics. It includes sector overviews and sections on start-up. leisure. Also covers company information.).cityoflondon. mainly UK with a few Pan-European. via the Value Consumer Markets on the right hand side of the home page. Data is derived from official national or international agencies.
Marketline Business Information Centre
Industry profiles including market segmentation. major trends. market shares. Beverages.
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[Please note that this Handout gives some guidelines and useful tips that can be used to do assignments and dissertations but by no means can it be considered a fully comprehensive guide.Southall Library Southall Library Osterley Pk Rd. N1 6LP Telephone 020 8356 4358
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