Research methods proposal:
- Title page, to include your name, title of proposal, name of supervisor
- Introduction, including aims and objectives – what are you studying and why? (approx. 500 words)
- Literature review, including links to aims and objectives, and concluding with a hypothesis or research question that you are aiming to answer (approx. 2500 words)
- Research design (brief justification of methodology/method to be employed, including data collection, data analysis) (approx. 500 words)
- Full bibliography (see Appendix B – a penalty of 10 marks will be applied if this information is missing)
The aim of the research proposal is explain what you plan to do in your research project in a way that demonstrates your knowledge of research methods.
Introduction/Aims and Objectives/Literature review sections
- Are the aims and objectives clearly set out?
- Are all terms clearly defined and referenced?
- Have you organised your paragraphs into themes/topics, rather than by author?
- Have you drawn on the relevant academic literature, rather than relying on textbooks and other sources?
- Is your referencing accurate and correct?
- Do you have too many/few sub-sections?
- Is all the information directly relevant to your topic? Eg., if your topic is on ABC in China, then do not write everything you can on ABC and everything you can on China - you should focus on ‘ABC in China’.
- Do you conclude with a research question or hypotheses? Thesis is provided by UK thesis base http://www.ukthesis.org/
This section is essentially about justifying your intended choices in terms of methodology and method, including data collection and analysis:
- You are not required to describe the general theory relating to research methods (ie. a paragraph describing the difference between inductive and deductive research). You are required to explain what you plan to do in a way that demonstrates your knowledge of research methods
- Why have you selected this methodology? (ie. Which body of literature are you following?)
- Why have you selected this particular method? (survey, interviews ie. Which published studies have used this and why does it make sense?)
- Why have you selected this organisation/industry? (eg. previous studies have or have not been conducted in this area)
- Why have you selected this population to sample (types of people, data)?
- Why have you selected this number to sample?
- How did you collect your data? (ie. When and where?)
- How will you analyse your data? (ie. What techniques? Eg. statistical)
- On what are you basing your questionnaire (if used)? Wherever possible you should try to use an existing questionnaire, tailored to your own study if necessary. There is whole science behind the design and testing of questionnaires, and you do not have time to learn about it! (责任编辑：charlie)