Each group is required to submit a research proposal
(1500-2000). The purpose of this task is to assist students to
plan, prepare and write a scholarly paper at an appropriate
standard for this level of study. It should demonstrate an ability
to communicate ideas and information at a professional level, and
be written in a form that can be used to build on for the final
You have worked with your research question(s) for several weeks now, you may have an idea of how you want to study that question(s). If so, start drawing up a brief plan. Use the following heuristics to generate information to enable you to design and guide your study.
Study your question-
â€¢Â Â Â What object (people, places or things) does it suggest you need to study?
â€¢Â Â Â What kind of study does the question suggest (empirical--e.g., ethnography, case study, descriptive study, experimental; historical--oral or archival or both; theoretical; discourse or textual analysis, etc.)?
â€¢Â Â Â What data do you need to collect? (artifacts, texts, people doing something, interviews, etc.)
â€¢Â Â Â How will you analyse the data? (qualitative? quantitative? hermeneutics? discourse analysis? historical? etc.)
â€¢Â Â Â Be very specific in both the data you will examine and the ways in which you will analyse it.
â€¢Â Â Â Look for scholarship that is similar to the kind you wish to design to see what other researchers have identified as data and how they studied these.
The research proposal should typically include (but not limited to): a cover page; a TOC (Table of Contents); an introduction to the proposal, in your own words, that introduces what your proposal is all about; Research Question and Purpose; Methodology; Planning and organisation; Conclusion that summarises key aspects including why this research matters; Referencing using APA style. [For more details see the Marking Guide at the end of this document]
If your research question or research interest could lead you to studying, surveying, interviewing, testing or any other methods of collecting data from human beings
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