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Title: Research Project or Thesis Proposal MT, MA and PhD


1
Research Project or Thesis Proposal MT, MA and
PhD
  • Graduate Student Seminar
  • October 23, 2013

2
Introductory Note
  • There are many ways of conceiving an MT, MA or a
    PhD thesis or research project proposal
  • This presentation is based on our experience over
    the years as former graduate students, and as
    professors

3
Scope of this presentation
  • The
  • What
  • Who
  • When
  • How
  • of the MT, MA or PhD thesis or research
    project proposal in CTL

4
What is a thesis proposal?
  • An academic document, in which the graduate
    student exposes his/her plans for the research
    project or thesis
  • A contract between the student, the supervisor,
    and the other Committee member(s), stating that
    the students plans would normally lead, upon
    completion, to the approval of a thesis or
    research project (based on relevance,
    originality, feasability)
  • A plan that might be adjusted and modified
    throughout the process of the thesis completion

5
Who is responsible for the thesis or research
project proposal?
  • The thesis proposal is
  • conceived and written by the graduate student
    only
  • oriented and corrected by the supervisor
  • oriented and approved by the thesis committee
    (MT no committee is required, MA supervisor 1
    other member / PhD supervisor 2 other members)
  • further approved by the Department Head, and by
    the School of Graduate Studies

6
When is it expected?
  • A thesis committee should be formed early if
    possible to support your thesis proposal writing
    journey. At the latest, the committee should be
    formed when your proposal is approved.
  • After completion of all required courses, and in
    the case of the PhD thesis proposal, after
    completion of the Comprehensive Examination
  • In the case of the PhD, no later than the end of
    second year of full-time residence
  • It is immediately followed by the submission of
    the Ethical Review Protocol

7
How to proceed?
  • Identify your area of specialization and a
    research question (discuss with your advisor)
  • Contact your potential supervisor (most suitable
    specialist in that area)
  • Prepare a short preliminary draft of your thesis
    proposal under the guidance of your potential
    supervisor
  • Identify other potential members of your thesis
    committee (based on the complementarity of their
    expertise and on their compatibility)
  • Submit this short preliminary draft to the
    potential committee members, and set up a first
    meeting to form your committee.
  • Then work on drafts of your proposal with the
    support of your committee members until they
    approve it.

8
How long should it be?
  • MT Research Project 20 to 30 pages
  • MA Thesis Proposal 25-50 pages
  • PhD Thesis Proposal 40-80 pages
  • Ethical Review Protocol

9
What should it include?
  • Methodology
  • Expected results
  • Timetable
  • Bibliography
  • Appendices
  • Ethical Review Protocol
  • Front page
  • Abstract
  • Table of contents
  • Introduction
  • Research question(s)
  • Rationale
  • Literature review Conceptual / Theoretical
    framework

10
Front page
  • Title
  • Name
  • Program
  • Date
  • How to reach you
  • Any instructions for the readers?

11
One-page Abstract
  • Research question
  • Importance
  • Conceptual / Theoretical framework
  • Methodology
  • Expected results

12
Table of contents
  • Abstract..........................................
    ......i
  • Introduction......................................
    ....1
  • Research question..............................3
  • Rationale.........................................
    ....5
  • Literature Review
  • Conceptual /Theoretical framework....7
  • Methodology......................................1
    8
  • Expected results................................26
  • Timetable.........................................
    ..31
  • Bibliography......................................
    .33
  • Appendices........................................
    37
  • Ethical Review Protocol.....................46

13
Introduction
  • What is your research question?
  • Why is it relevant and original?
  • What contribution do you want to make to your
    field of inquiry?
  • How do you intend to proceed?
  • Give an overview of your thesis proposal

14
Research Question(s)
  • Topic
  • Problem
  • Issue
  • Concern

15
Rationale
  • Originality
  • Theoretical and social relevance
  • Pedagogical implications

16
Literature Review Conceptual / Theoretical
Framework
  • Establish links with your research questions
  • Present and discuss existing knowledge (theories,
    concepts)
  • Point to gaps
  • Elaborate a conceptual framework
  • Remember to provide a definition for any new
    concept you are introducing

17
Methodology
  • Disciplinary orientation (links with your
    research question)
  • Methods
  • Overall research design
  • Participants
  • Procedures
  • Data collection
  • Instruments
  • Data processing
  • Data analysis

18
Expected Results
  • Expected contribution of your thesis
  • Expected limitations of your thesis

19
Timetable
  • Establish a tentative timetable
  • Plan for up to two months for the approval of the
    Ethical Review
  • Always plan 2-4 weeks for feedback from your
    supervisor and your thesis committee
  • Plan 9 weeks between approval of your completed
    Ph.D. thesis by your thesis committee and the
    oral examination

20
Bibliography
  • List quoted references only
  • Follow the American Psychological Association
    (APA) Guidelines
  • https//owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/17
    /
  • Consider using RefWorks www.refworks.com or
    Zotero www.zotero.com to manage your references

21
Appendices
  • Put in the appendices any document that is
    relevant to your thesis proposal, but that would
    be too long or too specific to be explained in
    detail

22
Ethical Review Protocol
  • Wait for approval from your thesis committee
    before completing your Ethical Review Protocol
  • http//www.oise.utoronto.ca/ctl/Students/Ethical_R
    eview.html
  • Append your Ethical Review Protocol, as well as
    your questionnaires, interview schedules, tests,
    etc.

23
Further Readings
  • Graduate Supervision, Guidelines for Students,
    Faculty, and Administrators, University of
    Toronto School of Graduate Studies --
    http//www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/F
    ind-a-Supervisor.aspx
  • Intellectual Property Guidelines for Graduate
    Students and Supervisors, University of Toronto
    School of Graduate Studies http//psych.utoronto.c
    a/users/psy3001/files/SGS_IP_Guidelines.pdf

24
Further Readings
  • Organizing Your Social Sciences Research Paper -
    The purpose of this guide is to provide advice on
    how to develop and organize a research paper in
    the social sciences.
  • http//libguides.usc.edu/writingguide

25
What else?
  • Attend sessions given by OISE Student Services,
    Education Commons, CTL
  • Do you have any questions?
  • Would you like to make suggestions?
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