No Ph.D. or Master’s candidate laughs at having to write a dissertation at the end of his or her course. The project is time demanding, aside from the stress candidates go through. It is good to know that several online sources provide tips on how to complete your project successfully. However, without a good plan/outline, no amount of guidance can make your writing process smooth. This is why it is crucial to plan your dissertation before typing or putting a pen on paper.
A dissertation's outline is a detailed plan or structure, which a writer follows to be on track. It keeps the writer focused on completing the dissertation on time without jumping from one chapter to another. Also, outlining your work prevents you from introducing no ideas, which can mess up the whole process. Your outline should consist of an introduction, literature review, methodology, data analysis, and conclusion.
Here are some tips to follow when writing your dissertation.
This is where you introduce your topic and describe the problem at hand, which your research seeks to address. Also, state the relevance of the study to your field of study
In this chapter, you need to review existing studies on your field that relate to your work. In your outline, you can list the sources of all works you would want to review.
It talks about the methods used in collecting data. Will you use the qualitative or quantitative data collection method? In qualitative, you need to describe participants of the research, questions, and analysis made. For the quantitative research method, you need to include sources where necessary. Sometimes you may need to use the combined research method, where you use both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods.
In your make points, that would summarize everything you have written above. It should be concise but well documented to contain important briefs of your research.