PhD Dissertation Sample Outline Chapters 1 to 3

This is the typical outline of your sample PhD dissertation research writing for Chapters 1 to 3. The outline can help create a mental map of the work associated to writing a paper, as well as preparing the work necessary to write it. This general outline can be adapted to specific situations. You develop the most relevant headings and subheading of your research paper to extend the state of the art and its impact as a roadmap.

 

Depending on the nature of the paper, you may be able to organized everything in a way that the idea just flows smoothly and transitions itself from one section to the other. Define your hypothesis, create your research questions, provide the argument, and substantiate or refute the hypothesis. The purpose of the outline is to help you think through your topic carefully.

 





A good outline is the most important step in writing a good PhD research paper. Check your outline to make sure your content is relevant to your subheadings. Everything should be arranged logically. Pay close attention to the scope of your paper and what you should include in your discussion. The scope and limitations of your paper will provide the foundation for your PhD dissertation research paper.

 

 

Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Statement of the Problem
  • Background of the Study
  • Research Questions and Hypotheses
  • Purpose of the Study
  • Theoretical Framework
  • Operational Definition of Terms
  • Assumptions, Limitations, and Scope
  • Significance of the Study
  • Importance for Social Change
  • Summary

 

 

The Paper would actually look like this

Chapter 1: Introduction

Introduction

blah blah

Statement of the Problem

blah blah

Background of the Study

blah blah

Research Questions and Hypotheses

blah blah

Purpose of the Study

blah blah

Theoretical Framework (or Conceptual Framework)

blah blah

Operational Definition of Terms

blah blah

Assumptions, Limitations, and Scope

blah blah

Significance of the Study

blah blah

Importance for Social Change

blah blah

Summary

blah blah

 

Take note that blah blah means the content of your study.

 




 

Chapter 2: Literature Review

This chapter begins with a summary of the purpose statement, literature search strategy, and describes the sources of your study.

 

  1. Theme/ Subtopic
  2. Summary

 

The Chapter 3 of your PhD and MBA Dissertation is the Research Methods. This begins with a restatement of the research problem and a restatement of the purpose of the study. The research questions as well as the hypothesis are also restated at the beginning of this chapter. Your Chapter 3 will look like this

 

 

Chapter 3: Research Method

  1. Research method and design
  2. Participants
  3. Materials/ Instruments
  4. Operational Definition of Variables
  5. Data Collection, Processing, and Analysis
  6. Methodological Assumptions, Limitations, and Delimitations
  7. Ethical Assurances
  8. Summary

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