Peer-orientation on Dissertation Writing, Series IV

‘Chapter Four’ of the Dissertation: Content Analysis and Discussion

Date: 13th November, 2021 (Saturday), 8:30 PM

Presented by: Tsheten Lama, Nikhil Dongol, Purusottam Subedi

  1. Discussion and Content Analysis section’s length should be of 40-50 percent of the whole dissertation.
  2. Always make sure to co-align the discussion and analysis with the objectives set. There has to be proportionate description and discussion to meet the quest of each of the objectives.
  3. Data should be placed in a numeric order and mode, if possible. However, data in form of explanation is also usual show in researches of Law since most of the time researchers analyze the laws and policies in descriptive form.
  4. This section should have an engaging elaboration from the researcher’s side than citing many authors and scholars. Please care that this is purely the section for researcher to highlight and detail his/her observation, opinion, interpretation or so on.  Please, express yourself much and voice your views and its rationale for such inference.
  5. If the researcher has interviewed the respondents, the respondent’s name should be kept anonymous unless asked/approved to disclose it; and if questionnaire is developed, the researcher should not ask the respondent mention the name.
  6. Here, the researcher firmly analyses and discusses over each of samples mentioned on sampling section of chapter three.
  7. Discussion should be much aligned with claims made on methodology sections in terms of data collection methods, chosen population and discussed samples as well.
  8. Social-science research and legal research and other research differ so you should stick yourself to the research you are conducting on.
  9. Always set a guiding point so you are not distracted from your main core i.e. objectives.
  10. The ‘set of literature’ reviewed in section of literature review should normally be excluded from the purpose of content analysis and discussion.
  11. Always include your own perception and opinion with which discussion can be made and analysis can be drawn with it.
  12. Analysis can be drawn through comparison, social practice, interpretation and inference over the collected data.
  13. Analysis section is the main part of dissertation.
  14. While analyzing, all the data in numeric form should be mentioned in graphs, chart and pictures or in such a form so that the reader can easily understand (till the extent possible).
  15. Need to confirm that the discussion is hand-in-hand with objectives, data collection methods, samples, and other methodological issues (in styles, lengths, numbers, area, tools, and so on) briefed in earlier parts of the dissertation. There should be complete harmony between the claims made and activities done cum shown in this chapter.