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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?
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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?
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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?
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Chapter 4: Data Specifications and Collection Procedures
  • Background information about data sources.
  • Variable descriptions.
  • Sampling procedures.
  • Descriptive statistics.
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Chapter 5. Empirical Model and Estimation Results
  • Based on theoretical framework, develop empirical model.
  • Discuss estimation procedure and testing.
  • Discuss estimation results and test results.
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Chapter 6: Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations
  • 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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