SUGGESTED STAGES FOR DISSERTATION SUPERVISION In this first consultation with your supervisor, you should aim to discuss and refine your question(s), agree on the type of data you will need to gather, the appropriate data collection methods for your project, the appropriate methods of analysis of the data. You should also discuss at this meeting any ethical considerations associated with your research. Since much research in linguistics involves human participants, it is likely that you will need to apply to the Macquarie University Ethics Committee to obtain ethics approval for your project (for further details see the section, Research ethics. This is very important and you must do it at a very early stage since your methodology will, in part, be determined by ethical and moral issues. If you are doing PhD abroad, learn to travel the World and grasp on every concept that’s available. It will widen your horizon. I remember, while doing PhD in active charcoal filter, I gathered most of my data from marketing guys selling filtration plant at home. In your second consultation, you should examine and discuss the data you have collected. You should send a copy of your data to your supervisor ahead of time to give him or her a chance to review them before your consultation.