A dissertation is a long document (for example, 10,000 words – or longer at postgraduate level), where you will research a topic or hypothesis of your choice and present your analysis and findings and overall conclusions. This form of assessment is normally undertaken in your final year of undergraduate study and at postgraduate level.
You will be supported by a dissertation supervisor who will talk through your choice of topic to help you develop and frame your ideas and will suggest sources of information and also provide feedback on drafts.
Although support and guidance is available, dissertations involve independent learning and you will be expected to manage your own workload to meet the deadline.
Student help and advice
Posters are an opportunity for you to present your research and findings on a topic in a clear and condensed form. They are used as a form of assessment in a number of subject areas, particularly in science subjects, and, as part of this, you may be asked to present or talk through your poster to an audience.
If posters are used on your course as a form of assessment, advice and guidance will be given in advance by your tutor, so you know exactly what is expected of you.
A report is a form of assessment where you will be asked to summarise research or fieldwork that you have carried out. It tends to have a clear purpose and a particular audience, and it is likely to involve research and the presentation and analysis of information and research data relating to a particular problem or issue.
The structure and format of the report will be explained to you in an assessment brief provided in advance by your tutor.
Projects, dissertations and reports - Skills for Study
All University of Lincoln students have access to the learning resource hub Skills for Study, provided by the Library.
Follow this link to a Projects, dissertations and reports module and complete topics on:
- Research projects
- Conducting your research
- Reporting your findings
You will need to login using your University of Lincoln credentials to access this learning resource, use the Get started with Skills for Study guide for help accessing and using the modules.