Biology Third Year Dissertation Results
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Biology, Third Year Dissertation: Results,
Queen Mary, University of London
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.
The Results section must explain: Why I did it. What I found. The logic used for the next step. It should be well structured and stand-alone. It should commence with 1-2 sentences of introduction, perhaps re-iterating the last point from the introduction. The first set of results can then be presented with a brief interpretation but there is no need to include EVERY experiment. Just include those experiments you wish to draw the reader’s attention to. These are usually the results that contributed to the story of the project. Negative results ARE STILL RESULTS so if you had trouble getting results because something was not working well it is perfectly acceptable to include these as long as there is some logic to what you did after each failed attempt.
Results must be clearly illustrated with graphs, tables, photographs etc. These should a title, and a legend explaining how the samples were prepared. Each figure or table must be understandable if read in isolation. In addition, there must be a written explanation of the tables/figures. RESIST discussing results; this is for the Discussion section.
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