The following questions will help you to formulate your study/project design.
You might find it useful to organise your responses into a table, mind-map, or flow-chart (see example below).
It will also help you to foresee problems that you may encounter during your candidature and prompt you to think about how you will manage them when they arise.
Writing a research proposal engages a number of skills.
Your reader should be able to clearly see what you will do and how will you do it, and how this combination of data/sources and methods will allow you to address your research problem.
The most important thing to keep in mind about the study/project design component is that it should not simply consist of a list of tasks that will be undertaken.It should also contain a statement of the progress that you have made to date.The timeline should also factor in other research related activities such as conferences and publications (if applicable).It is therefore necessary to: Specify the particular activities that you will undertake and show how they will contribute to the investigation of your research problem (e.g.“I will engage in a close content analysis of political satire in order to show how it subverts the visual and rhetorical tropes of ‘serious’ political discourse”).Highlight your most significant points and think about how and where you should present these in your review.It is important that you explain the design of your project in a clear and logical way.This tutorial is designed for graduate students who are required to submit a research proposal as a condition of their candidature or who wish to write one for their own purposes.The purpose of this tutorial is to help you develop an approach for writing a clear and focused research proposal.There are three main considerations when writing a literature review for a research proposal: A useful way to generate ideas for your literature review is to brainstorm the key scholars, texts, arguments, sources and methods that are related to your research topic. Your answers might take the form of brief dot points or you might prefer to write more extensive responses.Extensive responses are often a useful way of thinking through a question or issue that you find challenging: You will have now generated some ideas and can begin to plan the content and structure of your literature review.