Dissertation Proposal Guidelines
Dissertation or thesis is a written material stated generally after careful studies and experiments, usually for the Doctrine of Philosophy aspirants. It is required by the student that all the learning and outcomes must be clearly expressed. A good thesis usually answers the reason for the study, the initial and final readings, and in suggested ideas and improvements. Presentable dissertations with tables, diagrams, flow charts are much better than monotonous writings.
A thesis must consist the following contents:
- Cover page:
The front page must give all the details about the author and his institute/ department, the title of the thesis, copy-write and reservation rights statement. It must be noted that no page number or date is present on the front page. Proper use of punctuation must be made.
- table of contents:
The table of contents shows different headings and titles that will be used in the dissertation. It must include each heading and sub heading with proper numbering. The page numbers must be listed correctly to the right hand side of the respective heading. The front page, acknowledgement must not be listed in the contents.
- List of tables:
It is not compulsory to provide the list of tables that has been used in the thesis. However, it is advised to use this as is makes it easier to locate any particular table in the thesis.
- List of abbreviations:
This list is used when there are abbreviations used. Re-writing all the common words in unnecessary. However, it is advised to write the complete word at the first time for better understanding.
Introduction is the most important part of the thesis, as it passively depicts your understanding of the topic. Therefore, it must be written with utmost importance. It must introduce the topic state its present condition, and the problems that are faced previously. History related to the topic can also be included.
- Aims and objectives:
Broad term objectives of the study must be done with specific vision and hope to achieve after the completion. Key steps may also be included. Strong positive statements are recommended.
The reach of the research with its methods that will be used are to be stated. The complete process starting from the reasons for selecting a particular method can be made. Also, any limitations in the methods done previously can be listed.
- Literature review:
In this section summarized research about the topic is stated. Previous researches, papers, published articles and theories are declared here. The limitations of a method or advantage of any method over a previously attempted test must be made.
- Scope and constraints
The future aspects of the thesis and its limitations associated to its specified range are written.
All the sources of information about the topic must be made in this section.
A schedule of the work with the expected time of completion must be given. It can also be given either in tabular or in graphical representation.
A citation of all the cited books and online sources with their authors and institutes must be made.