VUsubject area? Can I model my proposal after one of these that I've seen? If youcan't readily find a proposal or two to look at, ask your adviser to see some. Make sure your proposal has a comprehensive review of the literature included.Now this idea, at first thought, may not seem to make sense. Many studentsmay tell me that "This is only the proposal. I'll do a complete literature searchfor the dissertation. I don't want to waste the time now." But, this is the time todo it. The rationale behind the literature review consists of an argument withtwo lines of analysis: 1) this research is needed, and 2) the methodology I havechosen is most appropriate for the question that is being asked. Now, whywould you want to wait? Now is the time to get informed and to learn fromothers who have preceded you! If you wait until you are writing the dissertationit is too late. You've got to do it same time so you might as well get on with itand do it now. Besides, you will probably want to add to the literature reviewwhen you're writing the final dissertationWhat is a proposal anyway?A good proposal should consist of the first three chapters of the dissertation. Itshould begin with a statement of the problem/background information (typicallyChapter I of the dissertation), then move on to a review of the literature(Chapter 2), and conclude with a defining of the research methodology (Chapter3). Of course, it should be written in a future tense since it is a proposal. To turn agood proposal into the first three chapters of the dissertation consists ofchanging the tense from future tense to past tense. For example;"This is what I would like to do" to "This is what I did"And you also make any changes based on the way you actually carried out theresearch when compared to how you proposed to do it. Often the intentions westate in our proposal turn out different in reality and we then have to makeappropriate editorial changes to move it from proposal to dissertationFocus your research very specifically.