Unwritten Rules of PhD Research

ISBN-10: 0335237029

ISBN-13: 9780335237029

Edition: 2nd 2010

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This bestselling book offers readers refreshing discussion and guidance on the aspects of PhD research that supervisors and books don't usually mention.Now in a new edition, the author continue to offer an accesible, at times humourous, and always insightful account of the PhD process and how to avoidsome of the pitfalls. The new edition also includes a new material on critical thinking, research skills and the route to research independence;different models of doctorale study (e.g. Professional doctorates); your relationship with your supervisor; the writing process; research design.This book is essential reading for anyone considering a PhD or embarking on one. It will tell you what other people won't!
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List price: $25.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 2/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Gordon Rugg is senior lecturer in computerscience at Keele University, U.K.Marian Petre is reader in computing at theOpen University, U.K.

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
About this book
So you want to do a PhD?
What is a PhD?
Cabinet-making - the PhD as a 'master piece'
Cabinet-making skills
Instrumental and expressive behaviour
Necessary skills
Criteria for a PhD: some reassurance
The many shapes of the PhD
Different models of study
Different models of supervision
Different models of theses
About processes and procedures
The route to research independence
What does it mean to be an 'independent researcher'?
How skills are embodied in the research programme and dissertation
Developing and documenting skills
How to become an international researcher
The role of the supervisor
The role of the student, or managing expectations
Getting the most from supervisory meetings
Effective debate
Establishing a good relationship
Prevention is better than cure
Strategies for when things go wrong
Cardinal rules
Building a network
Tools for networking
First contact - cold calls
People you should remember to include in your network
Why read?
Finding the right references: where do I start?
Online searching
Other sources of information
Reading between the lines of a paper or dissertation
Literature reviews
Using material from the literature
Keeping an annotated bibliography
Paper types
Data-driven papers
Methods papers
Theoretical papers
Consciousness-raising papers
Agenda-setting papers
Review papers
Position papers
Research design
Designing empirical studies: three key steps
Types of research and research focus: machetes and magnifying glasses
Tales of horror and how to avoid them
The three ignoble truths (with apologies to the three noble truths)
Critical thinking
Reprise on a theme: research is a discourse
Critical thinking and how it is manifest
What's theory got to do with it?
Style, epistemology and rigour
More about evidence
Giving structure to thinking
What will you need to write?
The dissertation: core concepts
Dissertation FAQs
Journal papers
The process of publication
Papers from theses
Paper checklist
Writing structure and style
Writing style
Academic style: an example
Academic style: sending signals
Writing structure
Academic style: summary
The process of writing
Removing distractions
Getting started
Surprising yourself
Finding a focus
Keeping going
Allow time for reflection, review and housekeeping
Other handy tips
The three golden rules of public speaking
A brief checklist for presentations
The conference process: a novice's perspective
The organizers' viewpoint
Miscellaneous good advice
Getting the most out of networking at a conference - a checklist
The viva
Stories of nasty surprises
Behind the scenes
The day of the viva
Preparing yourself
Handling revisions
The viva: hints, lists and things to remember
Generic viva questions
Sabotage and salvation
Destructive habits
Time, sensible planning and useful displacement activities
Constructive habits
Professional etiquette: respecting working relationships
What next?
Career goals
Academia or elsewhere?
Academic career types
Various other things
Identifying opportunities
Writing a CV
Applications and cover letters
Job interviews
Closing thoughts
Some useful terms
Some further reading
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