27 Feb Differences: Thesis, dissertation, proposal, research and disposition;
A thesis is an argument or claim that one is trying to prove in an essay or research paper. In this type of writing, the writer is mostly trying to prove something that arguable and can be further accepted or denied. For example, the earth came into existence due to a big bang. This prior statement has been highly debated over the years and is still a matter of contention; hence, this can be referred to a thesis statement in a research paper.
Mostly theses are required to during a Master’s degree, in order to qualify the students as knowledgeable of the information taught during the program.
Thesis or Thesis statements are usually the conclusions drawn after research. For example, integrated marketing communication is a better marketing strategy than one way communication. This statement will be backed by the evidence (research of the student) during his/her degree program. For instance, he/she might add some companies’ strategies, like Coca-Cola’s marketing campaign during the world cup, etc.
Dissertation is usually a final year project that is usually undertaken by students in order to introduce something new-something that has not been discussed before.
Dissertation usually allows students to explore their research skills. It gives a chance to introduce a new concept but it is based on previous research-literature review- which has to be presented along with the dissertation.
The key point of difference between thesis and dissertation is the argument presented. Usually, thesis is based on a previously discussed argument, while dissertation introduced a new argument.
Systematic study to prove an argument is known as research. For example, working women are more hard-working than homemakers. The previous statement is a thesis or argument, which will be backed by research supporting the argument.
There are two types of research: primary and secondary. Primary is usually first-hand, for example, interviews, focus groups, etc. while secondary research is usually second-hand knowledge that one gains either from the internet or newspapers, etc.
Therefore, while dissertation and thesis are arguments proposed by the writer, research is the study behind those conclusive statements.
Proposal is the course of action through which the thesis or dissertation will be presented. This marks the beginning and the end of research and is usually presented in the beginning of the report, in order to convince your audience that your argument is true.
It provides the researcher’s medium and methodology of research and communication, such as: the research will primarily focus on primary data such as one-to-one interviews and focus group discussion.
It also presents some of the writer’s assumptions, which may or may not turn into conclusions at the end of the thesis/dissertation. For example, the researcher assumes: ‘All men are better at technological work, while all women are better at literary work.’ This assumption will be backed by research and then finally a conclusion will be presented, which will be written as your thesis or dissertation statement.
Disposition is the way a report is presented such as: introduction, assumptions, evidence, arguments and conclusion.
Most of the time a writer has to pick the most effective way to propose his/her argument such as: start with your thesis statement, back with evidence, produce contrary arguments, counter it with research data, and then conclude your argument. Similarly, a writer can think of the most effective way to present his/her report, depending on the type of academic writing.