A dissertation paper is an important essay that leads to the award of a PhD degree on successful completion. It is a lengthy essay about a particular topic. A dissertation paper
discusses the main ideas of a specific topic. The main purpose is to bring out original ideas that have not yet been explored for the first time. In other words, it aims to answer a particular question that has been left answered for a long time.
A dissertation paper is composed of chapters. The chapters form integral parts of the paper are equally important in the organization of your essay. The chapters to expect in a dissertation paper are literature review, methodology, discussions and conclusions. Your dissertation paper also has other components like bibliography, in-text reference, thesis statement, abstract, appendices, tables and graphical representations depending on your discipline and topic of your dissertation paper.
Methodology is one of the important chapters found in the dissertation. It gives your audience an idea of the methods used to generate your results. The methodology is the integral aspect of your dissertation essay that presents a step by step process for the experiment carried out in the process of writing your essay. The methodology is so important that without it, a student might have difficulties to convince his audience of the authenticity of his research. A methodology can come in several forms; some of which are surveys, sampling, and scientific experiment and interviews. It is from the methodology that results are gotten and reference drawn. Below are some of the importance of methodology as a chapter in a dissertation paper
A. A methodology explains the step by step approach used to derive the answers and results of a research paper. It is the singular important aspect of a dissertation paper.
B. A methodology explores option available for the research. It is the methodology that will explain why the students choose to use whatever method he used.
The methodology naturally leads to other chapters in the research paper
. For example it is the methodology that will give you the results and the preceding chapter. The discussion will naturally follow as a result. The discussion section is where the students are expected to discuss the implications of the study or experiment that was carried out.
A methodology will naturally include all the materials used in performing the research. The aims and objectives of a dissertation are always stated in the methodology section. As much as possible it is important to make the methodology section different from the results and discussion section. These three sections differ from each other. One naturally leads to the other. The results section should be a carryover from the methodology. It will interpret the data and analyse the information set forth in your methodology section. Do not make the mistake of grouping them together. Do this and you stand the chance of confusing your audience.
From the above explanations, it is apparent that methodology is an important and integral part of the dissertation paper. The key to getting it right is "knowing" and "remembering" its purpose.