How do I make a development analysis in my Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis?

What is a development analysis?

A development analysis is the analysis and description of changes to or in an object (target object) over time. The process is also called evolution.

In an analysis in a research project or scientific work, a certain object is defined, actually or mentally disassembled and its components (elements) and characteristics (attributes) are described precisely and in detail. In the development analysis, the state at the beginning is compared with the states at other times. An example topic helps to understand the abstract:

Development of chocolate addiction in students – a systematic analysis.

How do I proceed with a development analysis?

The procedure for the development analysis is as follows:

  • Define all terms first. These are all important elements of the object or system.
  • With the help of reference books and studies, describe the object that is developing, i.e. changing.
  • Make a timeline. This is ultimately a model of the development of the object (changes in the chocolate addiction of students).
  • Define the necessary characteristics to capture and describe the changes (weight, health status, blood fat, insulin level, chocolate eating habits, happiness level, etc.).
  • Identify possible data sources (literature or empirical sources).
  • Evaluate the data sources and select the best ones.
  • Design a procedure for obtaining the data.
  • Collect the data, from literature or empirically.
  • Analyze the data and draw conclusions.
  • Describe the observed changes.
  • References to the still unknown changes.

Why do I need to know how a development analysis works? How does this help me?

It helps you with your bachelor thesis and master thesis and in life! You can

  • find an easy to work on topic instead of trying out many, losing time and patience and spoiling your start…
  • to formulate the research question and the goal cleanly instead of just approximately.
  • build the model for the research instead of simply listing a lot of content from many sources in the text, without red thread.
  • Define your research design with data, data sources, methods, etc. instead of starting first and then muddling through.
  • Structure your entire research process along the development analysis process instead of stumbling along.
  • Quickly identify the sources for data collection instead of trying out many.
  • Perform your analysis along the analysis model.
  • Write your text smoothly, along intelligent questions instead of puzzling and hoping that it will somehow go through.

And in life? Every painful change in your life requires an analysis. So that it doesn’t become painful again. Then you make a developmental analysis.

What are the research question and goal of development analysis?

The research question of development analysis in general is:

Which changes can be detected and described in different phases of object Alfa?

Example: Which characteristics have characteristics? What are the characteristics of students with chocolate addiction in different phases?

The goal is to find out about the changes in the chocolate addiction of object Alfa. At the moment the why is not important.

Is such a development analysis a literature work or an empirical work?

This type of analysis is suitable for both. You can collect scattered knowledge in literature sources. Then it becomes a literature work or theory work.

But you can also collect and evaluate data yourself and close the gap. Then it is an empirical work. Of course, empirical work is more valuable. It doesn’t have to be more difficult than a literary work. Because collecting the data can be less time-consuming than finding old literature.

What tools and materials do I need for a development analysis?

That depends on the nature of your work, whether it should be theory or empiric work.

In literature work you need a very good search method to find the right sources and thus contents and arguments and to evaluate the sources. The Literature Review method is the best way to do this.

You are looking for scientific studies according to a proven scheme. These studies are your material, the previous knowledge as input for your text.

For the collection of data sources you need a tool of source evaluation. With our catalogue of questions you can reliably evaluate data and data sources to what extent they help you in writing the work. The evaluation works like a sieve. In the end, the appropriate sources remain.

In the empirical work you need the mentioned methods of literature work and a few more methods and instruments.

You need data sources and tools to collect data such as questionnaires, survey forms or interview guidelines. There are standards for content, structure, type of data documentation, etc.

But the most important thing in scientific work is questions!!! In all possible variants. There is a big research question. Then there are detailed questions which break down the big research question. If you do interviews, there are interview questions. In the questionnaire there are questions with given answers. As a crowning finale, there are also micro questions for the chapters. With this you can write 5 pages of text per day…  Read more in the Thesis Guide from

What are the biggest challenges in a development analysis in the Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis?

You must first find the gap, the unknown or little known changes. Remember the chocolate studios. You could also examine teachers or schoolchildren.

You have to find out what we know and what we don’t know, but WANT to know. Then you have to see if we CAN know that, if we can get the information at all.

You have to define the object of the investigation cleanly and define it with it. There are, for example, not THE students, but there are those who study sport or business administration, etc..

You don’t build a model every day either.

And then there is the seemingly awesome task of finding the data, evaluating it and drawing clever conclusions. In the beginning this looks worse than it is. But with a big excavator you can remove a big heap of earth in one day! It’s the same with the right methods of analysis.

What’s the best way to start?

Start with clean definitions of your terms and use only scientific sources, so no online sources, no lexicons. Example: Sustainable tourism should be defined with a reference book on the subject and not with an online source. You will find much more on the subject in the textbook.

You should also find descriptions and representations of the objects. With chocolate you would find a description of the characteristics and the ingredients and product variants such as chocolates etc..

Then come formulation of research gap and research question, goal of the work, the selection of the methods, the source evaluation, the acquisition and analysis of data and then writing the text. This is all fun when you see the end clearly in front of you. The end, by the way, is clear from the beginning with the aim of the work, namely a precise description of the characteristics you are looking for. That sounds feasible, doesn’t it?

How does the Aristolo Thesis Guide help with a development analysis in the Bachelor or Master Thesis?

In the Aristolo Thesis Guide you will find detailed instructions for a development analysis, with all steps and instructions, checklists, tools and examples. This will save you a lot of time, your results will be much better, your insights will be real and you will get a very good grade!

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