It's important to make a good first impression by giving your dissertation or project a strong introduction. The job of the introduction is to set the scene and help your readers to navigate through your work.
It's a good idea to start drafting your introduction at an early stage, as it provides a statement of your objectives for your dissertation and it'll be useful to get these down on paper.
Your introduction may include a review of the existing research in your area in the form of a literature review, or the literature review may be in a separate section. You should seek guidance on this from your supervisor.
This activity gives you a list of questions you should try to answer in your introduction to ensure that you have the vital ingredients for a strong introduction.
1. As you draft the introduction to your dissertation or project, make sure you can answer the following questions:
If you've already written your introduction, check that you have answered all of the questions above.