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Suggested Guidelines for Thesis/Dissertation Chapters. Chapter 1: Introduction Problem Statement: Why is this research important? What are the objectives of this study? What are the testable hypotheses? Outline of thesis/dissertation. What do the next chapters cover?.

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Suggested guidelines for thesis dissertation chapters
Suggested Guidelines for Thesis/Dissertation Chapters

Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Problem Statement: Why is this research important?

  • What are the objectives of this study?

  • What are the testable hypotheses?

  • Outline of thesis/dissertation. What do the next chapters cover?


Chapter 2: Literature Review

  • Review of relevant literature.

  • Compare/contrast previous literature with what you intend to do.

  • How does your intended work extend the knowledge frontier?


Chapter 3: Research Methodology

  • Develop the theoretical framework underlying this research.

  • How would results from the testable hypotheses alter or support the proposed theoretical framework?

  • How sturdy is this theoretical framework? Are there short-comings?


Chapter 4: Data Specifications and Collection Procedures

  • Background information about data sources.

  • Variable descriptions.

  • Sampling procedures.

  • Descriptive statistics.


Chapter 5. Empirical Model and Estimation Results Procedures

  • Based on theoretical framework, develop empirical model.

  • Discuss estimation procedure and testing.

  • Discuss estimation results and test results.


Chapter 6: Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations Procedures

  • Summarize your findings.

  • Given your empirical results, what do you conclude?

  • Based on your results and conclusion, what do you recommend?

  • What are the limitations of your research? What else could be done? What do you recommend for future research based on your findings?


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