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How to Write an

Effective Thesis
Proposal

Presenter: Imran A. Hullio


Lecturer, IP&NGE,
MUET
What is Research???
Research refers to a search for knowledge
Research means a scientific and systematic search
for pertinent information on a specific topic
In fact, research is an art of scientific investigation.
The purpose of research is to discover answers to
questions through the application of scientific
procedures

For Example, research means to SEEK FOR.


Type of Research study
Descriptive research
What has happened or what is happening
In analytical research
The researcher has to use facts or information
already available, and analyze these to make a
critical evaluation of the material. For instance,
Applied research
Aims at finding a solution for an immediate
problem facing a society or an
industrial/business organization.
Types
Qualitative Research
Attitude or opinion research i.e., research
designed to find out how people feel or
what they think about a particular subject
or institution is also.
Empirical Research
is data-based research, experimental type
of research.
What is Research Proposal.
A document that presents a
case for an idea and the action
one proposes with respect to it."
An academic document, in which
the graduate student exposes
his/her plans for the research
project or thesis
Research Proposal
A contract between the student,
the supervisor, and the other
Committee member(s), stating that
the students plans would normally
lead, upon completion, to the
approval of a thesis or research
project (based on relevance,
originality, feasibility)
A plan that might be adjusted and
modified throughout the process of
the thesis completion
Purpose of Proposal
To justify what you plan to do in
order to gain approval for it."
A plan of action and justification
for research that you plan to do
A step towards gaining approval
for thesis and/or dissertation
A way to receive funding for
research
Your proposal includes:
What you are going to study
Research questions
How you set up your study
Methodology
Why this topic
Significance
Parts of a Proposal
Front Page
Table of Contents
Abstract
Introduction/ Background
Statement of the Problem
Review of Literature
Methodology
Results
Significance/ Implications
Bibliography
Appendix
Front Page
Title
Name
Program
Date
Any instructions for the readers?
Table of Contents

Abstract................................................
Introduction..........................................
Research question..............................
Literature Review &
Conceptual /Theoretical framework....
Methodology......................................
Expected results................................
Timetable...........................................
Bibliography.......................................
Appendices........................................
Abstract
(150-250 words)
Write the abstract after you finish
your proposal.
Provides a summary of the
overall study.
Abstract
Purpose: The purpose of this study.
(one sentence).
Methods: Usually one to two sentences
on how this study was conducted and
who the sample or population was.
Results: Usually two to three brief
sentences on the major findings from
the study.
Conclusion: One to two sentences on
the major implications or ramifications
from the study.
Introduction
(2-4 pages)
Provides the background and
setting needed to put the
problem in proper context and
justifies the need for the study.
Statement of the problem
Find the gap in the research
Ask yourself:
What is the gap that needs to be
filled?
What is the problem that needs
to be solved?
Statement of the problem
State this gap/problem in
paragraph form
Focus your question on a specific
gap/problem
Review of Literature
(4-6 pages)
To explain the historical
background of a topic
To highlight gaps in the existing
research
Procedures or
Methodology
(2-4 pages)
Describes in detail the step-by-
step procedures used in
collecting and analyzing data.
Include research design, subject
selection, instrumentation, data
collection, data analysis, chapter
summary and others.
Expected Results
Reports all results obtained,
including appropriate statistics
and descriptions of data.
Includes facts only what was
found with explanation, but not
interpretation or conjecture by
the researcher.
Expected Results
Report the data you have
collected.
Write about the data collected.
Use tables, graphs, etc.
Make sure to discuss the different
tables that you include.
Significance/Implicatio
ns
Discuss the significance of your
study.
Why is this study important?
Include your recommendations
for more research
Summary and Conclusion
(typically3-5 pages)
Briefly summarizes intent, procedures,
and findings of study.
States conclusions based upon findings
Describes how findings support
Describes implications of findings
Includes recommendations for practice
based upon findings and conclusions.
Includes recommendations for further
research
Appendices
Includes copies of all
correspondence, instrumentation,
and other written communication
used in carrying out the research.

Includes special lists


References
Includes complete bibliographic
information for all references
cited in the text