the academic literature on work-life balance and employee motivation or
employee productivity. The main academic literature you will be delving into is a work-life balance of which childcare and family commitment is a part
objectives and questions and ensure that the research questions and objectives
The proposal structure should look like
Introduction (what is the main focus of the research and why is it
Background Literature (This is
the section that discusses how your work fits into the academic literature) -Identify possible heading and
content of the dissertation. Also, identify possible chapters and titles of the
objectives (Identify the research aim and objectives. The rationale is
that the objectives proposed need to be measurable, they help in focusing the
literature review which you will write in say chapter 2)
Methodology (For the
purpose of the proposal it will suffice to identify the main sources of data
i.e. secondary (textbooks, articles, reports) and primary (qualitative and
quantitative research techniques…identify the methods). In addition, it would
be interesting to consider aspects of sampling and the research population.
Keep it brief here as you can always expatriate in chapter 3
Chapter outline (requires
you being forward-thinking from this early stage, you can always revise chapter
contents as you proceed, but rather than being
purely generic, I prefer a direct application to the research. So following the
introduction in chapter one; what will the other chapters focus on?
(provide a Gantt chart on the timeline for each aspect of the dissertation)
a succinct conclusion to the proposal).
Reference section: List of articles,
Generic comments on progressing with
The starting point should be to provide a brief
introduction. The introduction should seek to identify from the outset what you
are doing, why you are doing it (in terms of importance) and potential benefits
(in terms of contribution).
Identify the research aim objectives and questions.
Provide one main aim, the usual practice is to revisit your project topic and
then turn this into the aim using action phrases such as to explore, examine
etc. Identify 3-4 research objectives, which flow from the main aim. Ensure
there is a thread that flows from the topic to the aim and research questions
and objectives. Also, ensure that the literature review carried out supports the
main aim of the project. It is better at this juncture to spend time mulling
over this as it saves time and effort later on.
Provide a background section that briefly outlines the
main concepts you will be focusing on. Identify prominent academic scholars or
debates. You should also ensure that this is clearly directed by the research
aim and objectives.
Finally, you should provide a brief overview of the methodological
consideration of the project. Ensure you are clear about the types of research
and which you are using. The type of techniques and the methods you will be
adopting. Consider any ethical issues and confidentiality where primary
research is used.