Ivory Research will send you a dissertation offer. The offer will include a number of key pieces of information that you will need to familiarise yourself with immediately.
- The subject name may be very general and therefore you must ensure that you will actually be able to cover the topic that the client has requested before accepting the work.
- Check your timetable. The deadline provided is likely to be the final deadline, therefore there will be an additional two deadlines in the order (for the outline and the first half) – make sure you can meet all of the deadlines.
- The dissertations will vary between undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The postgraduate dissertations are a lot more complex and will require a substantially larger amount of research, so it is imperative that you make sure you can meet the client’s expectations before accepting the work.
- At this stage it is important to ask the client all of the necessary questions. Clients do not always provide you with all the information that you will need, which often results in amendment requests at a later date. These are some questions you should ask yourself:
- Have they provided their preferences for the methodology? i.e. primary research or secondary data analysis?
- Do you know which research tools they want to used i.e. interviews, questionnaires, etc.
- Do they need to include information from their lectures?
- Have they specified which data collection method they would like to be used?
- Will the client be willing to collect primary data themselves?
- Ensure you have the appropriate tools for data analysis (i.e. Excel, SPSS, Eviews etc)
- Have they provided their dissertation handbook?
- Do they have any comments already received from the tutor?
- Do you know of any additional information that they want you to include?
- Has the client provided their proposal?
- Do you have a full list of what chapters need to be included in the final work?
This is your opportunity to clarify everything before accepting an offer.
Please note that a dissertation is a significant undertaking, both in terms of time between deadlines and workload, especially if primary research is involved.
It is your responsibility to back up your work regularly. A dissertation is a massive undertaking and so you must take care to protect your files.
Lost work due to computer error is not an excuse for missing deadlines. Simply emailing the document to yourself at the end of the day will allow you to keep it backed up and secure.