Postgraduate study skills in science, technology or mathematics
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Postgraduate study skills in science, technology or mathematics

1.5.2 Validation and ‘so what’

It's usually not enough to find something; initial conclusions usually require a validation step, a chance to expose them to falsification or corroboration. For example, the conventional validation step for an implementation is an evaluation. The conventional validation step for a novel solution is a demonstration of concept, or a performance test.

Good dissertations are distinguished by ‘asking the next question’, i.e. by not being satisfied with the first result, but investigating its implications and limitations. This investigation is a way of showing the significance and importance of the results.


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