I'm a PhD student in computer science. In my university, the PhD process is divided in the following steps:
- Qualification exam
- Research proposal exam: presentation of chosen topics and methodology and plan (near 1-1.5 year after PhD program begining)
- Thesis proposal exam: presentation of done and remaining work (near 1-1.5 year after research proposal)
- Thesis defence
I'm at the end of my PhD and basically at the end of the dissertation writing. I still have to write the last chapter about the validation results.
I still haven't done the «Thesis proposal exam» and will take it in mid august; then I expect to submit the dissertation draft at the end of august, for a defence expected in late september or in october.
I'm embarrassed, as I basically almost ended the dissertation, by the fact that the «Thesis proposal exam» presentation and the «Thesis defence» presentation will foregone be the same content. It look like the first one will be a sort of rehearsal of the second one.
How can I proceed to present a meaningful «Thesis proposal exam» and still having something new to say during my defence presentation?