Thesis Guidelines

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THESIS NOOOOOTES

CHAPTER 1 – Introduction
> introduces to the reader what the research is about, the questions to be asked, and the research gap to be filled up > a welcoming to let the readers know what you’re doing
Rationale
i. Statement of the Problem
ii. Objectives of the Study
iii. Significance of the Study
iv. Definition of Terms

Introduction
- provides a teaser-like discussion about the phenomenon
- synthesizes the debates and discussions surrounding the phenomenon - leads readers to why you are interested to study the phenomenon - gives a teaser o the significance of your research

CHAPTER 2 – Review of Related Literature
Research Gap
- understudy/unstudied part of the phenomenon
- it’s about the substance; not the geographical comparison of such
*Asses yourself on: (before moving on to the statement of the problem)
i. Variables
ii. SMCREF: Focus/Angle
- Research Questions (RQs) should emanate from the research gap
- RRLs-like questions are not research questions
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describe
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find out
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analyze
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determine, etc.
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except “study”
(questions that could be answered by the RRLs X NOOOOO)
- Help: subject/s or respondent/s are identified
(to help refine your questions)
- RQs should not be too narrow, not too broad
- General questions and chunk the big question to a more specific one (general>specific, inductive>deductive) ex.
General Question: How do MRT commuters in Q. Ave. Station recall mobile phone companies’ transit ads?

Specific Questions:
1. How frequent do respondents ride the MRT?
2. What transit advertisements in the MRT have respondents seen? What do they recall the most? 3. What mobile phone ad do respondents recall the most?
4. What are the respondents’ levels of knowledge about the mobile phone product as linked to their recall of the transit ads?

Conceptual – definition from specialists or specialized references Operational – researcher’s definition as contextualized in the ongoing study

SOURCES OF TOPICS
1. Interests
2. Personal Issues
3. Social Issues
4. Personal ValuesPractice of Study (1-7)
5. Chance
6. Everyday Life
7. Organizational priorities (SWOT)
8. Other researchesTheoretical (8-9)
9. Internet

EVALUATING YOUR RESEARCH QUESTION
- Worth? Is it worth studying?
- Feasibility?
- Ethics – How much can you go to reveal information? (from interviews for your subject)

A GOOD RESEARCH PROBLEM
- addresses a need/gap in the topic area
- challenges you to question your own assumptions
- doable given your time and resources
- not too general that would result in a multitude of subquestions - not too narrow that it would exclude the emergence of other possibilities; and - should n9ot be answered simply by yes or no

WHAT SHOULD YOUR RESEARCH QUESTION ANSWER?
- What do you already know?
- How does your particular question relate to what you already know? - Why select this particular method of investigation?

CHAPTER 3 – Framework of the Study

What’s your framework? Tell me what’s your framework Ooh~
- Sir Opiniano
Framework
- set of concepts that are logically and sequentially arranged to explain and predict the occurrence of a certain phenomenon - a guide to help you understand what’s happening around

* Theoretical Framework
-enumeration of theory/ies relevant to your study
* Conceptual Framework
- YOUR framework; where you weave together theories and concepts that come from previous knowledge
* Operational Framework
- application of your conceptual framework in the context of your...
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