Applied Cosmic Anthropology
-Asian Social Institute (ASI)

for non-phenomenological studies

Title of the Dissertation

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Rationale or Background of the Study

Statement of the Problem

Objectives of the Study

Hypotheses of the Study

Significance of the Study

Definitions of Terms

Chapter 2 – Theoretical/Conceptual Framework

Review of Related Literature

Review of Related Studies

Theoretical Framework

Conceptual Model

·         Mathematical/statistical models and measurements for quantitative data

·         Qualitative analytical tools for qualitative data

Chapter 3 – Research Design and Methodology

What kind of data will you be using? Is it qualitative, quantitative, or a mixture of both?

Who are the target respondents?

What structures, mechanisms and procedures will you put up to encourage and sustain community participation during the entire research process: plan, implementation, data collection, reporting, and dissemination>

How many will be studied? (total population or a sample only?)

What sampling method (if sampling is used) will be used: random or non-random?

What research instruments will be constructed for data gathering (e.g., questionnaire, interview schedule, etc.)?

How will the data---both qualitative and quantitative---be analyzed? Will you use a computer? What software will be used?

How will you ensure the reliability of your instruments and the validity of your findings and conclusions?

Work Plan

Estimated Budget


The above parts are for purposes of proposal defense. Once enough progress has already been done, the researcher can start writing the following chapters:


Chapter 4 – Presentation of Findings

Chapter 5 – Summary of Conclusions and Recommendations

Annexes (if any)

References Used


The above components of research can be changed in the light of your research experiences.  Some research studies do not need hypotheses at all. Thus, you can make the above arrangements more relevant and realistic to your specific field of specialization. You can add, subtract, re-arrange or even combine parts.


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