Thesis Proposal…parts of it

 

Since I am writing a proposal now, I want to share with you valuable knowledge of the thesis proposal’s parts. I got these from a lecture by Stephanie Day, 28 February 2012 at Learning Skills Center in my university.

Generally, the proposal will be including these parts:

  1. Title
  2. Abstract or summary
  3. Introduction
  4. Literature review
  5. Methodology
  6. Sources of evidence
  7. Limitations
  8. Key assumptions
  9. Resources
  10. Ethical considerations
  11. Proposed chapters
  12. Timetable
  13. Bibliography

TITLE

  • describing the main of the thesis
  • a clear idea about the topic
  • should be short and specific

ABSTRACT OR SUMMARY

  • including the overall aim and rationale, the proposed method, and what we want to discover
  • the difference between abstract in proposal and in whole thesis is when you make an abstract for proposal, it will stop at the method chapter and or can include hypothesis/theory that you are working on

INTRODUCTION

  • providing the background knowledge
  • explaining the issues
  • emphasizing the significance/justification of your research
  • outlining the aims/objectives, research questions, hypothesis, thesis (main argument/contention) or problem to be solved
  • including definitions/clarifications of key terms

LITERATURE REVIEW

  • may be a separate section or can be integrated in Introduction chapter
  • can be an annotated bibliography or an essay

METHODOLOGY/RESEARCH APPROACH/FRAMEWORK

  • providing the details how to tackle the tasks
  • giving the readers an image that you have a very good plan

SOURCES OF EVIDENCE

  • explaining where you expect to find your data/raw material

LIMITATIONS

  • explaining the limitations, such as time and budget

KEY ASSUMPTIONS

  • for example in sociology research, you can write the definition of level of poverty

RESOURCES

  • including anything you need for completing the thesis, such as more money, new software, learning a skill

ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

  • if your research involves human and or animal subjects, you will need ethics clearance

PROPOSED CHAPTERS

  • providing a brief sketch of the sequence of chapters

TIMETABLE

  • helping you on the track

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • using a proper citation system

 

The main thing for writing a proposal is always discuss with your supervisor. Each supervisor has their own style so might be better and faster if you follow their writing style.

Good luck for your proposal!

 

 

 

 

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