Research Project Writing
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Research Project Writing

A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Master's dissertations, PhD theses and Research Papers
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Created by Dr Daniel Bell
Last updated 6/2019
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to write each section of your PhD or Master's dissertation like a professional academic
  • Writing techniques to skilfully discuss sources in your work
  • How to demonstrate the critical thinking needed for high marks or successful publication
  • Essential structures used by published writers in their research papers and projects
  • A willingness to learn about research project writing

For most students, doing a research project is one of the hardest parts of studying at university. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

With the tools taught here, you can take the pressure off yourself and make the journey more enjoyable.

In this course, I will walk you through each step of writing your research project with real life examples from published research. By the end of this course, you'll be able to write your Master’s, PhD or undergraduate project with confidence, because you will know exactly what’s needed in each section. You will…

  • Be able to choose a great research topic, and avoid bad ones which would waste your time

  • Learn research strategies (like how to search databases) so you can quickly find the information you need to answer your research questions

  • Know how to identify the strengths and weaknesses of sources so that you can make important and intelligent comments in your Literature Review

  • Impress your reader by writing your Abstract and Introduction like a professional academic, using the same types of paragraph structures and expressions

  • Show advanced critical thinking skills by learning the 5 established criteria needed when evaluating all types of sources

  • Avoid common mistakes made by inexperienced researchers

  • Get clear models you can apply to logically organize each section of your dissertation or research project, from beginning to end

... and much, much more!

With the tools and tips packed into this course, you can make your research project something you can be proud of for years to come.

By the time you have finished the course, you will be able to apply proven models to YOUR writing so that you can enjoy the same success that these models have brought to countless other students in recent years.

The course is based on my experience of teaching research and writing skills at world-class universities and to students from across the globe. It gives you a simple, step by step walkthrough of how to write an excellent research project so you can meet the expectations of your university course.

Content and overview

The course has over 30 video lectures, plus practice activities and quizzes to help you remember more by interacting with the material.

We will begin by looking at how to get started with your research. You’ll learn a) how to decide if your topic idea is good or bad and b) how to write strong research questions. This will help you set off in the right direction, and not wastes weeks on the wrong idea.

Then we’ll cover the types of sources needed in academic research, so you know what you’re looking for, and can find them quickly and efficiently.

You will then learn how to evaluate what you read by using 5 criteria which will help you see weaknesses in sources, such as logical errors, and more. This will improve your research by enabling you to recognize which sources you can rely on for support, and which ones to avoid.

Next, we’ll cover everything you need to know to write the Literature Review. You’ll find out what to include and how to structure it. You’ll develop the writing skills you need to successfully discuss sources – such as rewording, paraphrasing, summarizing, identifying trends in the literature, and much more.

We’ll cover referencing, and how to avoid plagiarism, so you know what is allowed and what is not. This could save you from getting into a lot of trouble!

Then you’ll discover a winning structure for the Introduction and Abstract of your project. You will get a clear, easy to follow template containing a sentence by sentence guide that tells you exactly what to say and where, based on the accepted conventions of published academic writing in English.

Finally, we’ll cover each of the other parts of a research project: how to write about the methods used and the results, how to discuss the findings, and how to write a powerful conclusion.

There’s practical exercises and quizzes throughout so you can check your progress.

After completing the course, you will have gained a step-by-step understanding of how to produce a top quality research project.

A research project is an amazing opportunity to research, learn and explore something you are interested in.

But sadly this exciting opportunity becomes hugely stressful for many students because they don’t know how to write it in the way that is expected. What’s more, many universities don’t provide enough training to make clear how each part of a research project should be constructed.

So if you are doing research or about to begin soon, my desire is that this course will make your project a much more enjoyable experience.

I believe that the tools and step by step training here will help take the pressure off you by giving you the confidence that you know how to write your project. And if you have any questions or difficulties along the way, I’m here to help – you can send me a message to discuss the way forward.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to do an excellent research project but needs guidance on the content and structure of each section of the work
  • Master's, PhD and Undergraduate students doing independent research, whether theses, dissertations, or shorter research papers
  • Researchers wishing to publish research papers, especially about empirical research projects
Course content
Expand all 32 lectures 02:57:24
+ Beginning your research journey
4 lectures 26:22
Developing Research Questions
Academic Sources and the Research Process
Finding sources for your research

Test your knowledge of research topics and research questions.

Beginning your research journey
8 questions
+ How to critically evaluate sources
5 lectures 29:53
Authority and peer review
Examining the accuracy of arguments

Practise your critical reading skills by identifying weaknesses in a short text  (NOTE: The claim is in the first sentence, and in the rest of the paragraph the writer tries to provide 'evidence' for the claim.)

In the lecture on critically evaluating the accuracy of sources, 8 dangers to accuracy where mentioned. In this task, you will identify which of these problems the text contains.

Critical thinking practice
4 questions
Evaluating Source Coverage
Evaluating the Objectivity of Sources
Considering the Currency of Sources

Test your knowledge of how to critically evaluate sources with this quiz that covers concepts from the lectures in this module.

Critically evaluating sources
9 questions
+ Overview of the Literature Review
2 lectures 09:42
The Literature Review: an overview
How to write the Literature Review


Literature review
6 questions
+ Writing techniques for the literature review (Part 1)
3 lectures 15:05
Rewording Techniques (Part 1)
Rewording Techniques (Part 2)


Practice Quiz: Rewording/paraphrasing
14 questions
+ Writing techniques for the literature review (Part 2)
4 lectures 19:20
Summarizing previous research
Identifying trends in the Literature: how to generalise effectively
Quoting previous research
Quotations Quiz
5 questions
Synthesizing sources
In this task you can practice writing a generalization that holds true across several sources.
Writing Generalizations
2 questions
+ Referencing
2 lectures 11:11
Referencing sources
Avoiding Plagiarism
Do you know what counts as plagiarism?
9 questions
+ How to write an Effective Abstract
2 lectures 12:32
Writing an Effective Abstract: Part 1
Writing an Effective Abstract: Part 2
Understanding abstracts
3 questions
In this task, you will test how much you remember from the lectures by analysing an abstract and identifying its different parts.
Abstract Analysis Task
1 question
+ The Introduction
2 lectures 12:47
Writing the Introduction: Part 1
Writing the Introduction: Part 2
Functions and structure of the Introduction
7 questions
In this task, you will identify the different parts of an Introduction to a journal article.
Analysis of an Introduction
1 question
+ Writing about your Research
5 lectures 27:49
Writing the Methods Section (Part 1)
Writing the Methods Section (Part 2)
Writing the Results Section
Quick Quiz
5 questions
Discussing your Results
Concluding your study
Quick Quiz
7 questions