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Dissertation: Milestones for Submissions

Mid Term Report: October 18, 2012
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(Total Marks=20)

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Conceptual/Theoretical Framework Research Questions refined through literature review Research Strategy (for example, ethnography maybe your overall strategy, then outline the different steps involved in this kind of strategy) Research Design (eg: if you are a participant observer in your site using ethnographic fieldwork, you may engage in systematic observations and conduct field interviews. In this section you tell us what are the protocols you will follow during observation sessions weekday mornings? Alternative days of the week at different times? Different locations? etc; what questions will you ask in interviews? Are you going to do structured interviews, then include your questionnaire here or if you want more free conversations then detail the themes you want to explore; how will you choose your cases (buildings, projects etc.) your samples (number of people you want to talk to while doing a survey; typically you need a sample of at least 30 people for a survey to be considered significant; and how will you select them?) and respondents: people you want to treat as key informers and do indepth interviews with) Data Collection Methods (what are the specific methods you will use to collect data: interviews using structured questionnaires, or semi-structured questions with impromptu probing; photographic documentation, analysis of old maps, drawings, archival materials etc. Data Analysis Methods (for example if you generate a lot of qualitative data such as interview transcripts, photographs, archival literature, you may have to do a content analysis looking for patterns and themes to help you answer your research questions) Introduction to primary case studies—just a brief outline about the particular case(s) without going into details and analysis

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Report on Case Studies: November 1, 2012
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(Total Marks=20)

Criteria for selecting primary case studies Detailed documentation of case studies Analysis of case studies from the perspective of your research questions Findings from case studies and relevance or your research

Integrative Analysis: November 15, 2012
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(Total Marks=30)

Analysis of all data from primary and secondary sources Major findings from case studies: confine the information to what you yourself have found out, and leave the link with the Literature Review for the Discussion section. Discussions: This is the heart of the dissertation. This is where you tie together the research questions or hypotheses, the data you have unearthed, and the previous research, models and arguments.

Pre Final Draft: November 30, 2012 Final Submission: December 15, 2012

(Total Marks=30) (Total Marks=100)