The proposal document’s methodology section should make reference to a number of key books on the subject and should comment on the research approach you are taking as well as the reasons for you deciding not to use other approaches. If, for example, you are writing a history dissertation on the wool trade in 14th century Suffolk, it is unlikely that you will face any such ethical considerations.
If, however, you are writing about patients presently receiving cancer treatment in the ward where you are doing your placement, there are a number of ethical considerations that will need to be addressed.
Within the proposal document, it would be normal for the preliminary literature review to be somewhere between 300 and 500 words (depending upon both the course you are undertaking and the level at which you are studying).
Remember that this section must be referenced according to the system preferred by your university (such as Harvard, MLA, Oxford, and so on).
You have to write a proposal for your department to agree to the topic of the dissertation, although some fine-tuning of the topic is usually available during the dissertation writing process.
There are a number of reasons for the submission of dissertation proposals.
Moreover, you will also need to discuss whether questionnaires or interviews will be undertaken if you are carrying out primary research.
In addition, the introduction and background section should contain the rationale for your subject and an overview of your overall approach.
First, your department and/or tutor have to be convinced that the subject upon which you wish to write is feasible.
In other words, they need to know that the breadth of the subject you propose is not too small (to ensure that there’s enough to talk about) or too wide (which would mean that you wouldn’t be able to do the subject justice). It wants you to do well and the proposal is, therefore, a way of trying to help you to go in the right direction before you start to write your dissertation.