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Are you ready?
Each Stage of Doctoral Dissertation or Thesis
Work as seen through Backward mapping…
1.

To defend a final ...
To begin your dissertation
or thesis work?
1.

2.

3.
4.

5.

6.

7.

You have great time
management skills – and have
res...
To design your
research?
1. You have an interesting
topic
2. That topic is apparent in
the world to which you
have access
...
To write your….
Chapters?
1. You have finalised your
headings
You have model
dissertations /theses to
work from.
2. Your t...
To defend a proposal…

1. Your work has been
approved by your supervisor.
2. You have had it edited.
3. Your references fo...
To start to collect
data…
1. You have passed and have
certification for ethical
review training.
2. You have passed ethica...
To analyse data…
1. You have people to call on
who will look over your
shoulder and ask questions.
2. You have a plan and
...
To defend a final body of
research…
1. Your final chapters have
been approved by your
supervisor.
2. You have read up on t...
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As a doctoral student, are your ready? To plan, write, defend, work with data and graduate?

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Part of our webinar series for PhD or doctoral dissertation help. This presentation from 27 Oct, 2013 was an overview of what is needed before you "dive in" to each stage of the dissertation or thesis process. As the webinar progressed the participants added ideas from their own experience and this final set of slides emerged. Part of our services for members at http://www.doctoralnet.com .

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  1. 1. Are you ready? Each Stage of Doctoral Dissertation or Thesis Work as seen through Backward mapping… 1. To defend a final body of research… 2. To analyse data… 3. To start to collect data… 4. To defend a proposal… 5. To write your…. Chapters? 6. To design your research? 7. To begin your dissertation or thesis work? James, E. A., & Slater, T. (2014). Write Your Doctoral Dissertation or Thesis Faster: A Proven Map to Success. Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: Sage Publications.
  2. 2. To begin your dissertation or thesis work? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. You have great time management skills – and have resources to help with family and other obligations. You know and understand both the overarching aspects/goals etc of a dissertation or thesis AND are aware of the subtleties such as the need for internal consistency. You have read and analysed the structure of 4-5 in your field. You have a set of headings in mind so as you read you can begin to plan the placement of ideas in the final doc. You work well on your own and are good at asking for help when you need it. Regularly check the guidelines and prepare to meet changing guidelines as you go forward You expect changes from your university as you go and are flexible enough to handle them.
  3. 3. To design your research? 1. You have an interesting topic 2. That topic is apparent in the world to which you have access 3. You have collected some data and can show that there is a problem situation to study. 4. Who to ask for help in narrowing: your university help or mentor – and stakeholders 5. Need to know diff between idea and problem = having data available that backs up your subjective knowledge
  4. 4. To write your…. Chapters? 1. You have finalised your headings You have model dissertations /theses to work from. 2. Your topic/problem statement/questions and methodology have been approved by your supervisor. 3. You understand what goes where , know where redundancy may lie and have a plan to avoid it. 4. Your document has a built in Navigation Pane or Document Map and you are using headings that will translate into your Table of Contents. 5. Know your procrastination triggers – and have plan to get over them. 6. You have set a timetable up with outside accountability to get it done.
  5. 5. To defend a proposal… 1. Your work has been approved by your supervisor. 2. You have had it edited. 3. Your references follow your universities style manual. 4. Your abstract is under 1 page. 5. You have page numbers, and your pagination is correct. 6. Be prepared for the next stage of interactive process. 7. Have slides ready 8. Practice your defense. 9. Be aware of your supervisor’s role and loyalty to their university as employer.
  6. 6. To start to collect data… 1. You have passed and have certification for ethical review training. 2. You have passed ethical review. 3. You have obtained permissions from necessary institutions/parties. 4. You have the support of stakeholders who can push to help you achieve the data collection you need. 5. Your instrument(s) are in order. 6. You have run a few trials to work out all the kinks. 7. You understand how you will approach your data analysis and have trained on the tools you will be using.
  7. 7. To analyse data… 1. You have people to call on who will look over your shoulder and ask questions. 2. You have a plan and headings for your results and discussion chapters so you don’t lose sight of where you are going. 3. You have systems in place to ensure your analysis answers your questions. 4. You repeatedly ask yourself if you are getting distracted or “going down a rabbit hole.” 5. As soon as you have some idea of what you have found you beginning conversation with your mentor or supervisor.
  8. 8. To defend a final body of research… 1. Your final chapters have been approved by your supervisor. 2. You have read up on the questions you are likely to be asked (see new book). 3. You have talked with others at your university and know what to expect. 4. You have visualised the event. 5. You have participated in a Mock Defense. 6. You understand the possible outcomes. 7. You understand the road at your university to final publication.
  9. 9. James, E. A., & Slater, T. (2014). Write Your Doctoral Dissertation or Thesis Faster: A Proven Map to Success. Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: Sage Publications. http://www.sagepub.com/vip/james/
  10. 10. Upcoming News/Events Finishing Faster membership is STILL our best offer: €60 a month X 6 months = a lifetime of support http://www.doctoralnet.com/index.php?option=com_acctexp&task=subscribe&usage=46 This is the last week for Sage Free Book Drawing Give-Away! Like and comment throughout the FB page to be eligible: https://www.facebook.com/DoctoralNet Conferences posted for now through January 18th - Sign http://www.doctoralnet.com to see the full list. Or at https://www.bigmarker.com/communities/doctoralnet/conferences to RSVP
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