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  • Dr S Loretti 4:09 am on April 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    What you should not do to your dissertation prospectus 

    The sooner you meet the eligibility criteria and win the candidacy examination for the doctoral degree, the more important it becomes to prepare a well-defined dissertation prospectus for getting started. Dissertation prospectus is the defined outline of your proposed research and dissertation. It would consist all the relevant details regarding the innovative research you would like to conduct during your PhD. Because your doctoral chair permits you to proceed with the PhD research by examining the prospectus, it becomes a must to write it in a descriptive yet precise manner.

    A deficient prospectus that lacks the conscision and necessary details of your research gets easily rejected by the chair. The rejection at very first step may demotivate you to work further with the research. As per the recent studies, it has been found that the number of candidates who complete their doctoral degree is very less in comparison to the number of people enrolling for it. The drop in the number is majorly because of the rejection of the prospectus and lack of motivation to rectify and submit it again.

    As a rookie, you must have read multiple articles if discussed with your seniors, friends, and colleagues on how to develop your prospectus and what to include in which section of it. But have you got a clear picture of what is required and what is not in your PhD dissertation prospectus? If not, then here’s what you should not do to your dissertation prospectus for gaining instant approval :

    • The first page of your document which your supervisor or the committee sees, covers the title of your research. The title should not be fancy. You are not doing a school project that your title should be tricky for your teacher, rather it should be as clear and concise as it could be. The title has to be to give a clear idea of the prospectus to the committee to look further into the document whereas a complex title would drop the supervisor’s interest in your formal document.
    • Next comes the central question of your research paper. The central question should not exceed more than a paragraph. The paragraph should succinctly address the central question on which your research will be based on. Your prospectus has to end within a maximum number of 10 pages and so the introduction, should not be of more than a page or two. A lengthy central question can not hold the grip of the reader’s interest. It should not lead or dictate the complications of the research or divert it from the topic.
    • The literature review of your prospectus should not be irrelevant and contain unnecessary criticism or pointless new ideas of the previously researched papers. It should highlight the relationship between your proposed research and the literature you reviewed indicating a relation between the history and recent issue. You may also cite examples from the current situation, building the interest of your reader. Irrelevant history of the research will not define your reason to work on this topic and unnecessary criticism will not be considered healthy for your prospectus to be approved.
    • While writing the methodology, you should be clear with the research method (qualitative or quantitative) you are going to use to carry the research forward. You should not be suspicious with the way you are going to collect the data. The methodology should define the study you are going to make progress with. You should be apparent with the plan you have in your mind with the required tools and feasibility to research. Not mentioning the tools, fees, and timeline to complete the research shows that the candidate is less studied for the chosen topic.
    • Your prospectus should never miss the bibliography. A bibliography is a list of references used to collect the material written in the document. The list of references is as important as the title of the prospectus. Your bibliography cites the primary and secondary sources you used to develop the prospectus. You may also include additional readings with it mentioning the papers, articles, or journals you read for the study of the research.
    • Your prospectus should be appealing as well as simple for the committee to read the whole and approve. It should not be messy and complex as it would confuse the reader and your supervisor could reject it as he reviews your academic document.

    Your dissertation prospectus is the final binding for the committee to approve and your chance to prove that this research will bring growth in your academic field. you should finish the process of editing and proofreading before submitting it to your committee.

     

     
  • joseph664 7:38 am on March 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Problems with topic formulation! Help Needed 

    Hi! I am doing my PhD in Marketing. My university has briefed us about all the particulars to be included in a research proposal but I am not able to come up with a good topic to research upon. Even if I come up with one, I am not able to understand what could be the possible problem statement I can research upon. I am somewhat interested in market segmentation, and targeting for new brands, but I am unable to formulate the problem or a specific topic. And only after making a topic can I go for the proposal work. So please help me in finding ways to connect the dots. Any suggestions are welcomed.

     
    • jamie16917 12:53 pm on March 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I would like to offer you some advice that I received from a senior doctoral student when I had just started with my PhD, which has stood me in good stead over the last 3 years of my PhD. She told me to pick a topic that I felt passionate and cared deeply about. According to her picking up a topic that seems merely interesting to you is not a good idea because it is very easy to get disinterested in something that you have been studying for the time span of years. You should also consider working on something that you have already worked on during your Master’s or have some previous research experience working on. Don’t just blindly decide to research in an area that you haven’t explored beforehand or have some idea about.

  • kelly451 5:35 am on January 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    How do I re-formulate my research questions and restructure my thesis? 

    My thesis has become a nightmare that I am living, I cannot even concentrate on anything this thesis sucks all the time of my life. I just want to get done with it my guide keeps rejecting my thesis and I have become fed up with this whole process itself. I cannot understand what should I do to get my thesis approved? Since it is becoming humiliating to have to work on the same thing for so many years now. I am PhD student of Macro Economics, my research topic is smart services/ E-services provided by the government in Dubai. I need help in re-formulating my research questions and restructuring my thesis, these are the two issues that my guide keeps on emphasizing on time and again. It would be a great if any suggestion or proposition can be given that would actually help me come out of this jeopardy.

     
  • kumarivarsha802 10:50 am on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Hi
    I’m in my first year of PhD. My research is regarding culturing of Leishmania donovani parasites and testing the efficacy of plant extract for its anti leishmanial activities. I am facing a lot of problems in culturing the parasite. As I am the only research scholar under my guide, I am really frustrated as I have to manage everything. From ordering new chemicals to maintenance of the lab, propagation of cells and now the parasites. Apart from this, I have to take out time for study as well as study for my research. My guide also asks me to help him with presentations regarding the classes he needs to take. Amidst so much workload and stress, it is my practical work that is suffering. I am unable to devote sufficient time to my wet lab practices. I am finding it extremely difficult to maintain the cell lines and parasite cultures. My passages are not successful. Either there is some fungal infection or the cells die (due to some reason that I am unable to fathom). This is further irritating my guide, as he is losing faith in me. I am unable to manage the cell lines and it also a huge financial burden. (the cells are costly to procure. Further the instruments and equipments required for handling them are costly and need to be discarded after a single use. So my resources are getting wasted too). Kindly help me with some advice on successful culturing cell lines and parasites as would be help me a lot.

     
  • joseph664 4:11 am on January 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    How to make an Annotated Bibliography? 

    I need assistance in formulating an annotated bibliography for my research thesis on innovative practices introduced by e-commerce websites in the last decade. My supervisor has asked me to send one in and I’ve never made one, so I’m clueless how to go about it. Has anyone made an annotated bibliography for a management related dissertation or thesis? Could you tell me how to go about selecting the headings for the various columns of the annotated bibliography? And how do I decide how many references to include in the table?

     
  • jamie16917 9:57 am on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    How to sift through the online available sources? 

    Hello
    I am a PHd student in the field of comparative literature. My Thesis includes a comparative study of the personal diaries of a prominent Urdu Historian and poet Altaf Hussain Hali with the two collection (divan) of his poems, in order to reconstruct the political and literary debate of the time, which seems shed light on an alternative perception of reality that was being perceived and experienced. I am not fluent in the language in which Hali wrote, therefore most of my reading has been in translation, there seems to be a number of translations available of the same. These many translations have put me in a dilemma because each of it tends to posit a slightly different or altogether different stance. What could be the best way to select or reject the translated texts, particularly when they deal with history?

     
    • Alisa Craig 10:28 am on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Name:Alisa Craig Email: Craigcoolqueen@gmail.com
      Hi, your research sounds very interesting, and this a common problem that any scholar dealing with a translated texts has to face. I suggest you could focus on the translation intent of every translator which would give you a fair understanding of the stance and intention of the translator thereby explaining the omission or additions you must have encountered, and you could also chronologically align the publishing dates that would also allow you to come to an understanding of the changes that have occurred over time. This way you could make an informed decision.

    • Aaron Wilson 10:30 am on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Name:Aaron Wilson Email: Wislon.aaron2014@gmail.com

      Hello, This is a valid anxiety, since translation is a nuanced phenomenon it tends to differ from the other translations sometimes. I suggest you could consider a number of them even if they differ from each other, and then you can elaborately refute or laud these translations and try to build a discourse out of it, that will allow you a better scope of comparison and analysis. Then you could try and work your way out of this confusion.

  • Anil. S 9:14 am on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    How to formulate a research topic out of a broad research interest? 

    Hi mates
    I am in the course of pursuing my Masters degree in Anthropology, and now in the second year I am required to submit a proposal, even though my university has briefed us about the particulars regarding the proposal, but I have not been able to chisel out my research topic, my research interest lies in exploring the Gond shrines of Maharashtra located in three different locations (in Maharashtra), the increasing mobilization of Gondi tribe around these areas. Since there are different motives that inform the establishment and reification of these three shrines, it has left me confused as to which strand of it should I go ahead to pursue. I welcome any sort of suggestions.

     
    • Ella Davies 9:31 am on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Name:Ella Davies Email: D.Ella231994@gmail.com

      Hi buddy!! for a proposal, you are required to narrow down your research interest to a concise as well as a precise topic. You would be required to formulate a topic that would answer three questions of ‘Why’, ‘What’, and ‘How’. Following is a helpful resource to help you decide on a research topic: http://pages.ucsd.edu/~jmoore/courses/Parish.html. After you think you have reached that stage then you can go ahead to read around and about the topic or in other words review literature of that topic. This would further provide solidity to your research topic. Attaching here a link to a page that elaborates on literature review formulation: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3715443/.

    • Rupert Wilson 9:33 am on December 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Name: Rupert Wilson Email: Wilson.rupert44@gmail.com

      Hey!! Your research interest seems to be a very promising one, I happen to belong to the same area i.e. Maharashtra. If the different locations of the shrine are the main concern then you could look at the very idea of the shrine within the belief system of the Gondi tribe, aligning it with the recent mobilization of the people of the Gondi tribe and what are the underlining motives that inform the establishment of such new shrines.

  • shellynand 6:21 am on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    How to avoid penalty fee and submit Dissertation on time? 

    Hi all! I am a postgraduate student pursuing my PhD in Financial Forensics and topic of my research is, the financial analysis of audit report obtained from the crime related security research analysis. I am done with my research and data collection, but i am still left with the major part i.e structuring my dissertation into contents, review of literature, discussion, references etc. I have this feeling that i will not be able to complete my dissertation on time. My guide tells me if I don’t submit it on time, i will have to submit a penalty/ late submission fee. I don’t have that much amount of budget. Can anyone please suggest me a way out by which i can surpass this stage? Thank you in advance.

     
    • Jason Madgridz 6:41 am on September 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      For avoiding the late submissions, you need to begin with the writing part as early as you can. You can chart out a writing plan like what time suits you best for writing. If you are a morning person, writing one chapter is no big deal for you. Or if writing at home on a desk bores you or gives you stress, you can go outside- may be a park or coffee house wherever you feel comfortable to write. See, your advisor would scare you so because he wants you to complete your dissertation on time. But don’t be stressed for completing it due to deadlines because then you obviously cannot write your dissertation as you should be.

    • Deepshika Hazari 6:47 am on September 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Here is a good blog post written. These tips are practical and can work for you because you are about to get started with writing http://equip.sbts.edu/article/20-tips-to-help-you-finish-your-dissertation/ . If you can work out these tips, completing dissertation won’t bog you down.

  • ryan7178 5:05 am on August 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: qualitative analysis, questionnaire designing   

    Pictorial techniques in Questionnaire Design 

    I need some suggestions for questionnaire development. I am having a qualitative analysis for my research and I feel that pictures would give a better and efficient response from my respondent’s end. Please help!

     
    • Nolan 5:10 am on September 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I guess you are trying to extract a user’s emotional response by applying this technique. I would suggest to use real pictures of real people to extract a real emotion instead of using those ubiquitous smiley faces/emojis. And also incorporate a variety of options (wide range of emotions) to have precise answers. Hope it helps.

    • Richard Perry 10:06 am on September 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      One thing which can help here is having a collage of pictures for one option. You can have multiple pictures of different people from different races, ages and gender to express one emotion. This would ensure that your answer doesn’t gets biased and your target respondents choose a right answer by looking at the emotions and not other things like beautiful face, features etc. This solution is actually adopted by NFO Worldgroup. So, it is an acceptable method and would help you in collecting efficient data.

    • Steffy Cougar 9:00 am on September 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      While using pictorial techniques, it is really important to make sure you don’t end up making a mistake I did during my PhD. I too took help of pictures in my questionnaire. My research area was related to children’s receptiveness towards animal abuse. So I showed them various violent videos on animal abuse and then asked them to fill in the questionnaire accordingly. I used stock photos in my questionnaire. I had the least idea that my supervisor would declare my data invalid because he felt the images I used were having a biased effect. Children usually have an irrational thinking ability and would willfully pick a picture which they would find attractive. I tried to prove my point for long but didn’t have any luck. And, I had to perform the whole data collection from scratch. Just make sure you use pictures which have a neutral influence. Your target respondents shouldn’t get influenced by pictures and give efficient answers.

    • James Pete 10:11 am on September 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      This is exactly what my consultant explained to me when I got my questionnaire professionally designed from http://www.regentediting.com. These guys have years of expertise in this area. I was apprehensive about this idea of collating diverse images into one. But, this actually saved my research and even my supervisor appreciated my technique. You should definitely adopt it if you are going for pictorial responses in your questionnaire.

  • Anil. S 11:48 am on July 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    How tough is writing a quantitative methodology chapter of thesis? 

    Dear Admin! I have read many threads here. It’s glad that here many people find the solutions to their problems and it is really motivating that PhDs share their stressful (perhaps many aren’t stressed at all) experiences here and somehow finds support with the interaction.
    Anyways, can someone help me to find out why I’m not able to write my methodology chapter! Like seriously! I freak out every time the research methodology chapter lying on my study bench and with a stamp of REJECTED. I have written this petty little paper almost 7 times but still the comments of my supervisor are same- This piece cannot convince me why you chose quantitative approach, why collected the data through interviews and not from the existing documents, why only SAS is used and not SPSS. He needs more! More elaboration, more strong arguments, more peculiarity! But it is just a methodology chapter okay? What more clarity does he need?

     
    • Jeff 12:53 pm on July 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      7 times really? It appears to me as if you are making the use of inappropriate writing skills for academic writing. Go through this. http://www.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/studyskills/essentials/writing/academic_english.html

    • Sheri 4:52 am on July 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Your methodology chapter should move from broad to specific! It will have many sections! Discuss paradigms but not too much. Then, write research design which is the heart of your methodology chapters. Here the study type, questions, data collection and analysis all are introduced and justified step by step. Take some time and research about the importance of the methods & instruments you have used in your research. If you are unable to form your own arguments, look for inspiration somewhere else. See how others wrote a good methodology chapter. Read, evaluate and synthesize in own language: thumb rule of every successful writing.

    • Derek 12:51 pm on July 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You must create a value of the chosen methodology particularly and had no other choice but working out with only this methodology. Quote the sources on research methodology and make claims and arguments that you understand why your methodology works in this particular ways to achieve research purpose. Criticize other researches and other methodologies that have been wrongly implemented.

    • Clay 12:54 pm on July 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      let it get done by professionals. They handle such problems well because they know what is it that supervisor expects from you. Check http://www.geoffandfrancis.co.uk/. I took SPSS help from them. I’m sure they can help you out with drafting chapter.

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