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The Fast Dissertation

50+ Tips to Complete Your Dissertation without Stress, Uncertainty, or Anxiety
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What Will I Learn?
  • Formulate a specific topic
  • Find and analyze literature more efficiently
  • Design sound research
  • Write chapters quickly and efficiently
  • Manage time well
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  • No special materials or software are required to complete the course.

Are you struggling to finish your doctoral dissertation? Do you need a push to get to the finish line? Do you need a clear roadmap to get it done sooner? 

The Fast Dissertation is a complete course full of insider tips from Dr. Duncan Koerber and Dr. Justin Bateh on how to avoid failure – and wasted tuition money – and get your dissertation done fast. 

Dr. Koerber and Dr. Bateh have supervised and helped many graduate students, and, of course, completed their own dissertations. Learn from their experience and the experience of their students in this course. 

In this course, learn how to

  • find a topic you enjoy and narrow it down;
  • join an academic conversation and make a worthwhile contribution;
  • find and review literature quickly and accurately;
  • choose a useful methodology;
  • ensure your data is sound;
  • select the right dissertation chair;
  • manage your time effectively;
  • use the latest technology to make your job easier; and,
  • deal with the effects of the dissertation work on your life.

Follow these lessons, finish your dissertation sooner, and make a stronger impact on your academic community. 

Udemy provides a 30-day guarantee if you're not completely satisfied. 

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for students beginning or in the middle of their dissertation.
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Curriculum For This Course
55 Lectures
Introduction to the Course and Dissertation Expectations
2 Lectures 04:07

An overview of the instructors and the course. 

Preview 02:02

Know the expectations of your department before you begin. 

Preview 02:05
Topic Selection
10 Lectures 22:17

An overview of the principles of topic selection. 

Preview 02:00

Looks at using databases like ProQuest to narrow down a dissertation topic. 

Begin with Databases

A dissertation topic you enjoy will drive you to completion. 

Consider Your Interests

Joining an academic conversation is key to selecting a worthwhile dissertation topic. 

Find and Join a Conversation

Don't get too influenced by the eminent scholars; at some point you must find your contribution. 

Preview 02:05

Don't bite off more than you can chew. Pick a small slice of a topic. 

Narrow it Down

Learn why a topic is not a thesis, and how to find your thesis. 

Find a Preliminary Thesis

Avoid the temptation to choose a "hot topic." Stay true to yourself. 

Don't Worry about the Competition

Look for the important but unexamined aspects of your topic. 

Find the Holes

Even your favorite parts of your topic must be cut if they don't fit. 

Kill Your Darlings
Literature Review
10 Lectures 22:24

An overview of the principles of the literature review. 

An Introduction to the Literature Review

Recognize the power of influence and learn how to escape influence and have an opinion -- eventually. 

Have an Opinion Eventually

Learn how to use the abstract to speed up your literature review process.

The Abstract is Your Friend

Resist the temptation to keep searching for more sources. 

Preview 02:13

Understand the principles of note-taking to encourage memorization and avoid losing details. 

Choose the Right Note-taking Method

Are you manually formatting your bibliographies? Automate the process to save you time. 

Use Bibliographic Software from the Start

Get your keywords right from the start of the literature search. 

The Trouble with Keywords

Other scholars have already done the heavy lifting -- mine their bibliographies to jumpstart your literature review. 

Mining Bibliographies

Books can weigh you down, literally. Understand why you should be a book miser during the literature review. 

Be a Book Miser

Final thoughts on the literature review. 

Bringing it all Together
Research Collection and Methodology
10 Lectures 23:30

An overview of this section of the course. 

An Introduction to Research Collection and Methodology

Problems with research design and methods can lead to a failed defense. 

Careful Design Matters

Learn about the software that can keep research in order. 

Vital Software

Learn about the purpose of a method and quantitative and qualitative methods. 

Choosing a Suitable Method

Your own preferences will determine which method you choose. Learn why preferences matter. 

The Right Methodological Fit

The importance of explaining the method early on in a document.

Explaining the Method

Understand why an argument about the method's value to the dissertation is key. 

Preview 02:08

Why the size of the sample will affect the strength of your conclusions. 

The Size of the Sample Matters

Keep your methods and data in the right place. 

Writing about Methods and Data

Learn when you should convert numbers to visuals and avoid long blocks of text. 

Useful Graphics
What Help Can You Get to Make Life Easier?
5 Lectures 10:25

Don't do your dissertation alone. This video outlines some assistance for dissertation students. 

Dissertation Assistance Overview

Recognize the assistance available from professional statisticians and online and face-to-face study groups. 

Statisticians and Study Groups

Professionals can even help you with seeking out and working with literature. 

Literature Review Assistance

Sports athletes are not the only ones who need coaches. 

Preview 02:04

If grammar and style are not your forte, professional editors can massage your dissertation into shape. 

Writing and Citation Assistance
Working With the Dissertation Chair
6 Lectures 13:19

An overview of the importance of the student/chair relationship. 

Working with Your Dissertation Chair

Explains why it's so important to pick the right supervisor.

Expertise is Vital

Understand that the career level of your potential chair could have consequences on your ability to finish on time. 

No Retirees Please

Choose a chair with a solid history. 

Chairs with History

Choose a chair who has similar research interests and uses similar methods. 

Preview 02:15

Avoid being too deferential to your chair -- push back when necessary but keep it professional. 

Stay in Control
Time Management
6 Lectures 13:26

Discusses the dilemma of PhD students when it comes to time management: having too much time. 

Time Management Introduction

Argues that you don't need to work 40 hour weeks on your dissertation; Fewer hours worked consistently leads to success. 

Do Enough But Not Too Much

It's easy to get distracted. This lecture explains how to avoid distractions and get work done. 

Avoid Distractions

Recognize that some methods will take you more time. 

Time-consuming Methods

Stay on track with long-term schedules. 

Preview 02:23

This procrastination prevention tip is easy to use. 

A Procrastination Solution
Work Design
6 Lectures 15:11

A collection of writing tips to speed up the dissertation writing process. 

Writing Tips to Get Done Faster

Choosing the right place and right time to write can speed up your dissertation writing process. 

Find the Right Place and Time

Staying organized is key to finishing fast. This lecture describes some software, including Scrivener, and methods for staying organized. 

Preview 03:22

It's easy to get overwhelmed mentally by the dissertation work. We provide some tips for refreshing yourself. 

Take Breaks for Your Mind

Recognize the realities of completing a dissertation when you've got a full-time job, and how to overcome that workload. 

When You've Got Another Job

Avoid perfectionism by producing a "good enough dissertation." 

Be Good Enough
About the Instructor
Duncan Koerber
4.6 Average rating
236 Reviews
4,446 Students
10 Courses
University Professor

Dr. Duncan Koerber has taught writing and communications courses for the past 10 years at six Canadian universities to thousands of students.

Oxford University Press recently published his writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (2015). Available on Amazon, the book considers the seven most common errors (interfering factors) in writing and how to improve them (enhancing factors). His second book, Crisis Communication in Canada, is in the revision process for University of Toronto Press.

Currently a full-time assistant professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, Duncan Koerber worked for nearly 10 years in reporting and editing roles for the London Free Press, the Mississauga News, and the University of Toronto Medium. He has freelanced for magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star.

Duncan Koerber has been a successful freelance editor, earning a 95% success rating on Upwork. 

Duncan Koerber has a bachelor of arts degree in English, Professional Writing, and Political Science from the University of Toronto (2001), a master of arts degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario (2003), and a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University and Ryerson University (2009).

His academic writing, which focuses on media and journalism history, writing pedagogy, and public relations crisis communication, has been published in the Canadian Journal of Communication, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Journalism History, Media History, Composition Studies, Canadian Journal of Media Studies, and Sport History Review.

Dr. Justin Bateh
4.0 Average rating
12 Reviews
42 Students
1 Course
Professor and Methodologist

Dr. Justin Bateh is an award-winning educator and has over 15 years of experience in business, education, and consulting roles. He has taught college courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, and previously held leadership and management roles in the private sector. 

He completed undergraduate studies at the University of North Florida. He also received an MBA from Nova Southeastern University, an MS in operations management from University of Arkansas, and a doctorate in business administration from Walden University.  He completed a post-graduate specialization in applied statistics from Penn State University, and is also a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Dr. Bateh is the author or co-author of two books, titled Using Statistics for Better Business Decisions, and Exploring Leadership Styles and Faculty Satisfaction in Higher Education.   As a researcher, he has numerous papers published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals on management and business. He continues to conduct research in various areas of organizational leadership and management, with a special focus on sustainable supply chains and operations.