I'm writing my doctor's degree "qualification" (that's what we call in Brazil), I'm not sure if something similar is required in other countries, but it's like a pre-thesis that you have to present after 2 years of work. Even tho I'm in Brazil I'm writing it in English, it just makes it much easier to write papers afterwards.
There is a section/chapter where I must describe what is my schedule for the next years to finish the research to get my degree, but I'm not sure how one would call that in English. In Portuguese it's called "cronograma", but "chronogram" in English means something completely different.
Any suggestions? Is it a common practice in other countries?
[Side question] what is it called the event of presenting your thesis to the examining board(??)?. In Brazil it is called "the defense"-of-[title].