Thesis Milestone 2
Part 2 Fieldwork and analysis
Part 2 of the thesis process comprises the work that you do to gain more knowledge about your topic (probably a mix of empirical work and design activities depending on your method, as well as reading and writing). Part 2 (Thesis Milestone 2) also includes using the thesis text as a medium for organizing and working with data and ideas.
Part 2 credits will be issued when you have submitted to your supervisor a text in which:
1 You describe your methodology. (‘What did you do?’). Reflect on how the work unfolded in respect to the plan.
2 You document the new data you have collected in a way that is useful to you. (‘What did you manage to gather and collect?’). Reflect on the sufficiency and reliability of the data or the informativeness of your production.
3 You explain what you have been doing with your data. This is your analytical method. (Think of this step as describing your next steps after collecting data).
4 You describe what is emerging from your analysis. Organise your data. Treat/analyse your own data with the help of the concepts from Part 1 (Thesis Milestone 1). (Think about this as reporting what you observe when you engage with your data with the selected conceptual lenses, tools and frameworks).
Items 1-3 will be directly useful for writing about methods and data in the final thesis. Item 4 is more tentative, but you do need to present some initial interpretations of the data in a conceptual language that will fit the final text, even if your results are still pending.
If your thesis is a design project, the same steps apply. You need to describe what you did, what was created, your approaches to analysing the outcome, and tentative results of the analysis.
Part 2 should follow the plan that you submitted in Part 1. If your plan requires major adjustments, negotiate these with your advisor and also let your supervisor know about significant alterations. You will ideally make use of text you wrote for Part 1, which you can merge with Part 2 to create a single file. It is helpful if you mark brand new text with a distinctive font or colour.