The Concept Paper lays the foundation for the applied dissertation process, providing an introductory form of communication between the doctoral student and the doctoral committee.Essentially, the Concept Paper acts as a tentative proposal; it allows the doctoral student the opportunity to define a research focus and obtain early feedback on the research idea.
Title page — provides a tentative title for the dissertation.
The title of the Concept Paper should be a stand-alone statement that can fully describe the project by summarizing the main idea of the manuscript.
Questions are based on theory, past research, and need.
These questions will direct the research methodology; their inclusion in the Concept Paper links the research problem with the methodology.
This part of the Concept Paper tells the reader “who, what, and when” regarding the research goal.
Research Questions — provides a preliminary view of the questions the student will investigate.
These research questions will specifically direct the research and the type of analyses conducted; as such, their compatibility is essential.
An Abridged Methodology — provides the student’s best idea on how to conduct the research and analyze the data.
The project is expected to add new information to the field of study.
The Concept Paper acts as a summary of this project.