How to succeed in your Master's and Doctoral Studies is the first comprehensive and specifically South African text and resource book for postgraduate students and supervisors alike. It covers a wide range of topics related to the management of postgraduate research studies, including:
- The development of a successful research proposal (with examples)
- Research resource management
- How to write a proper literature review
- Conducting your fieldwork
- The logic and structure of the thesis
- A comprehensive map of research designs
- Referencing techniques
- Research ethics
It also has separate chapters on the nature of supervision and the relationship between supervisor and student. A special feature of the book is its extensive references to other sources, including the latest Internet sites and electronic documents. This book is a must for every student who embarks on a master's or doctorate, irrespective of the field.
Johann Mouton is currently Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor in Sociology at the University of Stellenbosch. He has authored several books on research methodology, including Basic concepts in the methodology of the social sciences (with H.C. Marais) and Understanding social research.
Part I: Managing your research
Section 1: Preparing your research
Chapter 1 Getting started
Chapter 2 You and your supervisor
Chapter 3 Scanning the field of study
Section 2: Planning your research
Chapter 4 The research proposal
Chapter 5 Research resource management
Section 3: The research process
Chapter 6 The literature review
Chapter 7 Conducting fieldwork
Section 4: The research product
Chapter 8 The research thesis
Part II: Resource chapters
Chapter 9 The Three Worlds framework
Chapter 10 Research design map
Chapter 11 Research proposals: examples
Chapter 12 Understanding basic computer terminology
Chapter 13 Resources for literature reviews
Chapter 14 Referencing; rules and formats
Chapter 15 Research ethics
All source material (excluding figures and tables) has been supplied in an editable format (Microsoft Office) and you can fully customise it to your needs.
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