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
· 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?
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)
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.