Biology Third Year Dissertation Contents Page
- Read the task in Box 1.
- Download each of the pdfs and read them. Keep these open so you can refer to them as you watch the video.
- Watch the video.
In their final year (3rd year), students taking our biology programmes conduct an individual research project and present their findings in the form of a dissertation. This requires them to write about 30 pages of text and figures.
For the reader, the contents page is a very valuable source of information. A good contents page works like a good plan, ensuring that the student develops a strong grasp of the project and where it stands in the overall context of the field. A contents page has headings and page numbers for each section/chapter. The main headings will be Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion. Each of these headings will have a number of sub-headings which should be short but informative. For example, ‘The Heat Shock Response in Yeast’ is a rather uninformative heading. Much better would be ‘Lipid Structure Affects the Sensitivity of the Yeast Heat Shock Response.
Download the transcript for this video.