Occasionally when discussing these final projects dissertation and thesis may be used interchangeably. However because they are written for different reasons, they have a few characteristics that set them apart. Don’t become overly concerned whether or not your writing a dissertation transcript or a thesis paper because it will typically depend on your graduating goal which type of report you will be writing. The most important thing to keep in mind is that both these papers are extremely important to your academic career, and you will need to be prepared to invest the time into them if you are aspiring to become an expert in your field.
The convenience sample often suffers from biases from a number of biases. This can be seen in both of our examples, whether the 10,000 students we were studying, or the employees at the large organisation. In both cases, a convenience sample can lead to the under-representation or over-representation of particular groups within the sample. If we take the large organisation: It may be that the organisation has multiple sites, with employee satisfaction varying considerably between these sites. By conducting the survey at the headquarters of the organisation, we may have missed the differences in employee satisfaction amongst non-office workers. We also do not know why some employees agreed to take part in the survey, whilst others did not. Was it because some employees were simply too busy? Did not trust the intentions of the survey? Did others take part out of kindness or because they had a particular grievance with the organisation? These types of bias are quite typical in convenience sampling.