One of the things that students will have to do when they are preparing their dissertation is write the empirical evaluation. So, what are the steps that they should take for completing this task?
1. The first thing they should do is to state their hypothesis. This should be done clearly and cogently.
2. The second step to take is to explain and justify the statistical processes and research methods that are employed for the project.
3. The third thing to do is to present the results in an attractive and interesting manner.
4. Tables can be used. But they should be used judiciously. They should not be used where they are not needed. Too many tables and graphs can ruin the project.
5. The tables that are being used should be relevant to the theory and the hypothesis that is being tested. If they are not relevant then do not use them.
6. If the results have been replicated with some other data or technique then that method should be mentioned in the footnote.
7. The researcher should tell the readers very clearly how his hypothesis fared. Was it successful or was it not successful. Was he right or was he wrong. No information should be held back from the reader.
8. There will be literature references in most chapters. They should be either parenthetical or they should only be limited to technical matters.
9. Many students would be doing some kind of qualitative research. This could be in the form of case studies as well. In this case also the results should be presented in the same manner as it is presented for other kinds of studies.
10. Finally the writing should be clear and cogent, which at the same time uses the jargon that has been prescribed for that particular discipline.