Assignment skills

Quick tips

Tips for developing your research proposal:

1.  Define your project

2.  Decide a methodology

3.  Choose your research methods

4.  Conduct background research

5.  Conduct research using your chosen methods

6.  Write proposal using research proposal format

Reference:  Dawson, C., 2006, A Practical Guide to Research Methods:A user-friendly manual for mastering research techniques and projects, 2nd ed. How to Books Ltd, Oxford

Books in the library

These books include information on defining topics, qualitative and quantitative research, ethical issues, and research proposal structure.

Deciding your research topic, aims & objectives

What is qualitative research?

A research technique used to uncover motivations and emotions rather than analyse purely numeric data.

Qualitative research techniques include surveys, interviews, observation, focus groups and case studies.

A smaller sample size can be used to verify quantitative research.

What is quantitative research?

A research technique used to generate statistics through large scale data collection, such as surveys.

The contact with people is quick and usually involves the completion of a questionnaire or a short structured interview.

Reference:  Dawson, C. 2006. A Practical Guide to Research Methods: A user-friendly manual for mastering research techniques and projects, 2nd ed., How to Books Ltd, Oxford