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4 Great Hints On How To Complete An Undergraduate Dissertation On Civil Engineering


Your undergraduate work is an essential part of your academic career. It lays a foundation upon which you will build your graduate work later. With your dissertation you will be diving into some details about your topic of choice. You need to show you have a solid understanding of the subject matter and have done thorough research into what’s already been written and added to the knowledge base.


Following these 4 hints will help start you on your way to a successful civil engineering paper:


  1. Topic selection – this isn’t as easy as looking at a list of civil engineering topics, choosing one and then beginning to write. You want a topic that’s narrow enough to dig down deep. Too broad and you will never be able to complete all the necessary research to support your topic statement. If you are having difficulty settling on an appropriate topic, choose something you’re interested in, start the research and then let your findings guide you in narrowing your topic.

  2. Organizing your ideas – your findings should be organized and placed into a logical order. The best way to do this is through creating a working outline. As most technical writers will tell you, an outline is a good map to follow and it keeps your writing on track. It also shows you at a glance if there’s anything you’ve forgotten. As you form your outline, keep track of which of your sources you got the main headings from. You’ll need them for step 3.

  3. Start to write, following the headings you’ve organized in step 2. It’s basically a fill in the blanks exercise, which makes the writing flow rather smoothly. Write the body paragraphs first and then go back and write the introduction and conclusion. They are similar because they’re both a summary of what’s in the body, but they must be worded differently and be unique even though they’re alike in some ways. The introduction must grab your reader’s attention and the conclusion must leave them with something memorable or something to ponder.

  4. Editing and proofreading, the step many students neglect. Yet this is an essential part of a successful paper. You must pay careful attention to making sure all the spelling and grammar errors are cleaned up. A paper full of errors leaves a bad taste in the mouth of most readers. A sharp, clean paper makes a good impression. That’s what you’re aiming for.

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