Components of a work plan

The work plan, at a minimum should include at least ballpark dates for these:

  • narrowing down the thesis topic: please refer to the Topic registration section to know the deadlines
  • beginning the research
  • completing the field work, the mining of sources, or the experimental part or the data collection
  • coming up with at least a rough thesis outline at a point appropriate to the topic and discipline
  • completing most of your research
  • where relevant, drafting and submitting each chapter to the thesis supervisor
  • where relevant, receiving feedback on each chapter submitted
  • submitting a completed first draft to the supervisor
  • hearing back from the supervisor after the student submits the completed first draft
  • doing changes that the student and supervisor have agreed on
  • submitting articles to journals
  • presenting research at conferences
  • submitting the completed thesis
  • defending the thesis
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