A prospectus is simply a preliminary statement about the paper you are going to write. In graduate education, it is normally very detailed and expected to follow a specific format. The prospectus is preliminary to actually conducting the research and discussing your results. A prospectus is often considered the first step in writing a graduate thesis or dissertation. This approach is utilized to ensure that you have an understanding of your question, what you want to accomplish, and the resources you will utilize during the process.
The prospectus normally includes three chapters. Refer to your syllabus for the required elements of each chapter.
The purpose of a prospectus is for the researcher:
Simply put, a prospectus is a road map for you to follow.
The DISCOVER process is a system you can follow anytime you are required to write on a topic.
Make certain to review the pages on formatting your preliminary pages (pages 14-16). And the examples of properly formatted pages beginning on page 17.