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Please note that this checklist is only to be used as a guideline of what to include in the thesis proposal
Regarding the instruction (that you need to follow in detail!)
 Have I written 5000 words (+/‐ 10%)
 Have I used the below headlines in my TP (and a content accordingly)?
o 1. Summary (about 300‐500 words)
o 2. Background (300‐500 words)
o 3. Research question and purpose (about 50‐100 words) o 4. Literature review (about 2000 words or longer)
o 5. Research methods (about 1000 words)
o 6. Discussion of possible contribution (about 300 words) o 7. Project plan (about 300 words)
o 8. Reference (about 20 refferences)
 Have I used Harvard system for making reference consistently throughout my TP?
 Have I included all the references I have used in the main document in the reference section
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 Have I numbered all the headings in the document?
 Have I included page numbers in the document?
 Have I written my full name in the header or footer of the actual document? (dvs. Längst upp
eller längst ned I det digitala dokumentet)?
 Have I named the digital document in this way: “425510 TP Research Methods First Name
Second Name”?
o E.G.: 425510 TP Research Methods Einar Iveroth
Regarding language and standard of presentation:
 Have I distinctively and consistently avoided to use first and second pronoun? That is: Have I refrained from using “I”, “we”, and “you” and instead used e.g. “this thesis proposal”, “this study”, “The intended research”
 Have I looked at the length of the paragraph? (one “punch‐line” should be one paragraph and if there are two “punchlines” then make it two paragraphs)?
 Have I asked a friend or family member to read through the text and give me ideas for improvement?
 Is there a coherent argument throughout the text?
 Have I looked at the level of integration of the document as a whole and made corrections to
improve it?
The background section:
 Have I provided a clear focus of the area of study (or problem area) and have I justified why this is relevant (and worthy doing research on)? This can be done in various ways like for example:
o A list of clear arguments of why my subject deserve special attention. These arguments are NOT my own (e.g. your own observations or reflections) but instead grounded and connected to credible sources
o Clearly show a gap in research (with reference)
o Discuss a specific problem that needs to be solved
o Show on a current important debate in popular media or in research that the TP makes a contribution to
Regarding the Research question and purpose section
 Have I written a clear one concise research question? (preferably ONE question) and have I included a purpose connected to this?
 Have I used words like Exploratory, Descriptive, Explanatory or Evaluative in my research question or purpose to make it clearer (see lecture 1 or Saunders)
 Is there a logical connection between the background section and this section?
 Have I tried as much as I can to demarcate and delimit (avgränsa) my problem area and
research question?
Regarding the literature review section:
 Have I defined, explained and explored all my important keywords in the research question in the literature review?
 Have I provided background and review to the research problem and research question that I presented in earlier sections? (i.e. section Background and Research question and purpose)
 Have I grounded my literature review in scholarly scientific journals and books? And Have I refrained from using tabloids, Wikipedia or other general and un‐critical internet sources?
o As a guideline you should aim for around 20 references in the TP as a whole (i.e. their should be about 20 references in the reference list in the end of the document)
 Have I avoided my personal opinion in the literature review?
Regarding the Methodology section:
 Have I (A) explained my methodological choices and (B) provided strength and weaknesses of every respective choice?
 Have I tried to go for either(!) qualitative or quantitative research? (as doing both is highly unfeasible)?
 Have I used the research question and problem area in actively in justifying research methodology?
 Have I used Saunders “research onion” as a guidance for this section (optional) and in doing so explained and justified my choices connected to: Methodological choice; Research strategy; Time Horizon; Techniques and procedures (i.e. data collection technique)
 Have I considered the feasibility of my research methodology? (e.g. doing over 20 interviews is very hard to accomplish or doing a combination of qualitative and quantitative etc).
 Have I looked through the method section to make sure I do the following: A) Make clear connection to research question and purpose, B) Provide valid reasons for my choice of


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design, C) Specify what type of empirical data I am collecting and explain how I am going to collect it, D) Have I explained constraints, weaknesses and strength of all my methodological choices, and E) Have I discussed ethical issues (if relevant).
Regarding the Discussion of possible contribution section
 Have I discussed and elaborated around the possible outcomes and contribution of my intended research? Such as: The value for practitioners?; The problem the outcome will be able to solve?; Bridging a gap in research?
Regarding the Project plan section
 Have I included a Gantt chart?
 Have I commented and discussed the Gantt chart in the text?
 Have I explained my plan on how to collect empirical data? (e.g. which organization to try to gain access to; possibility of getting access; how to get hold of respondents to interview; what my plan B is etc.)
Regarding the Reference section
 Have I included all the references that is in the main document (i.e. all the earlier sections) in this reference list?
 Have I made sure that all the references that is in this reference list is actually also in the main document? (the reference list should only list the references that is in the rest of the document).
 Have I in the reference list used “Harvard system for making references” consistently? (of you do not know how to make references please revisit the first lecture and also take a look at the document “How to Reference in LSBU Harvard Style” that is available on the course webpage)



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            On the issue of “general skills,” it was determined that college education provides employees (and the employers understand this) with the needed skills to advance their productivity, as well as increase the chances of qualifying for higher pay and promotions. A set of evidence also demonstrated that the cost of employee education is not minimal and that employers are taking a risk on their employees considering the issue of employee turnover. Again, the question of whether the companies should invest in employees was examined from the spectrum of using these general skills, especially in terms of programming abilities and communications, to advance the company’s goals even if it means for a shorter time. Again, it was determined that employers had formulated ways of keeping their employees for longer as they pursue their education, and one of the ways is ensuring the programs take longer periods, while the employees are expected to sign agreements to work for the company financing their education for a certain period of time.             The data collection methods identified for use in this study are interviews and surveys. The methods comprise a collection of data from 25 participants from a Data Analytics Company headquartered in California. The participants will b…


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