Working plan for the dissertation research

The working plan is a detailed list of questions on the topic of each structural part of the dissertation, it is a collection of elementary, brought to the limit divisibility of particular problems to be solved, this is a kind of skeleton of a scientific work filled with problems that need to be solved.

All scientists from their own experience recommend writing the dissertation to make up its work plan, but there isn’t and, apparently, there can’t be a single approach to its drafting.

Initially, the work plan only in the main features contains the characteristics of the research, in the future it is refined and developed.

The work planning has an arbitrary form. As a rule, it is a rubric of questions that can be thought of in the thesis. Gradually, the work plan will turn into a plan-thesis prospectus, which is then transformed into a structural-factual scheme for the dissertation work. The work plan is creative, it shouldn’t impede the development of the researcher’s idea and intent.

The main core of the working plan is the construction of the dissertation on chapters, sections and paragraphs. Each independently researched question should be an organic part of the topic and allow to study it most fully, comprehensively, so that the work becomes a complete research. The names of chapters, sections and paragraphs, their number and volumes in the process of work can vary. The criterion here is primarily the availability of material.

Then the internal organization of each independent part of the project is developed, the number and nature of the questions to be explored, their sequence, logical connection, interdependence, subordination are determined.

The “splitting” of each part of the dissertation is a very difficult matter, especially at the beginning. It is difficult to find the limit when it is necessary to stop, as it is known that no one succeeded in embracing the immense. More often there are working plans, which have 10-50 points, or even more. On these “points” the researcher collects the material, reads the literature. These seem to penetrate into the consciousness of the researcher, and when he reads something, he forthwith perceives where and how this material should be deposited. Depending on the accumulation of material, some fadings are modified, others due to lack of material are closed, another become dominant.