Part 1 (Research Proposal): One of the first stages of many research projects is to write a proposal. This may be needed to get approval to proceed (e.g. a thesis), to obtain access to necessary resources or to obtain necessary funding. Part 1 of this assignment is therefore to prepare a proposal about the mini-project you plan to do.
How to prepare a proposal? : A five step process.
1. Choose your topic
2. Define the research question
3. Plan out the study
4. Carry out a literature review / reading to provide background to the topic
5. Write proposal as per the following structure
a. Title of your research proposal - No more than 20 words
b. Summary - No more than 100 words
c. Aims and Goals - What is the central aim of your research?
d. Background and Significance - Describe the research topic, Provide a brief survey of major questions and results in this topic, what recent progress has been made in this field?
e. Approach and Methodology - Explain the sequence of steps by which your study will achieve its aims and goals, Outline the structure of your final report, Outline the study design and methods
f. References - Include a list of all references.