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CPIM Resource Development: Thesis to Outline
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  • Try reading your thesis aloud to an industry colleague. If that person understands what you are talking about and why, your thesis probably makes sense.
  • Write an outline of points that might follow logically from your thesis. Include three learning objectives. Learning objectives equate to what you want your audience to learn from your white paper or presentation.
  • This may help you figure out how to support the claims or promises of information that you make in your thesis.
  • Submit your thesis statement and outline to the Certification Evaluation Team for approval.
  • When your thesis statement and outline have been approved, write a rough draft to test your main idea.
  • You may discover that your thesis needs to be changed or replaced.
  • If you write an early draft that doesn't stick to the main point you have chosen, it may mean that you really want to write about something else. In that case, change your thesis. Resubmit your thesis and a new outline to the Certification Evaluation Team for approval.
  • Revise your draft to support your thesis.
  • When you are confident your thesis reflects the point you really want to make, review each paragraph of your rough draft to see how it relates to the thesis.
  • Review your draft to assure that your learning objectives have been met.

If you are developing a presentation, convert your rough draft into text for PowerPoint slides and a handout.

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