The Research Methods module presents and analyses the criteria for defining good and bad dissertations, by underlining the differences between dissertation work and work for other modules. The research proposal and dissertation process are thoroughly presented with relevance to the roles of student and supervisor and dissertation management. The issues affecting the choice of dissertation topic, the identification and formulation of dissertation titles are thoroughly analysed. Special focus is placed upon the critical review of available literature and information resources, the use of On-line databases, CD-ROM based and paper based sources. Report styles are presented with working examples regarding the format of the standard dissertation.