A killer final year proposal can be said to be a proposal that touches key areas of a research to be carried out, the question may then be, How can this be written ?
First things first, it is expected that a student will have to settle down and undergo a surface study of what he/she will wish to write on and if it will be tangible enough to submit to the department as a final copy before leaving the school as a graduate, the aspect of having time to study prospective topics, can sometimes be tasking to students with very busy schedules in their final year. Part of our job for years now is consultations in a bid to assist students choose proper topics to write proposals on and submit to their supervisors/lecturers.
It’s vital that a student understands the direction/area of study the lecturer/project supervisor or even department would want the student to focus his/her research on. Most times the students are being told when they ask, and this is very important to prevent a student from submitting proposals that will be rejected.
Once an area of focus has being understood, a student is expected to think of topics based on the specified area and make further sourcing of resources that will lead to efficient understanding of his/her topics to be submitted.
Key to topic selections is trying to think of present problems in the society, that need solutions, this way if a student can come up with the problems and reason out the solution, its possible that such topic will be accepted because;
It will have solution to a problem/ problems
Such topics which finally get approved end up being published in online journals.
When a student has figured out this topic the next key task to undertake, should be to make research about what the topics entail, if possible its advisable such a research should be indepth so that the student can be able to defend what he/she has written over time.
Some departments or lecturers will tell or give their students, project proposal formats for which they will use to write about their chosen topics. This formats have a basic requirement, which entails that a student will understand, what the topics are and also that the student can make due research if any given project is approved.
In addition an academic proposal for a research is expected to contain these elements in broad terms:
A rationale for the choice of topic, showing why it is important or useful within the concerns of the discipline or course. It is sensible also to indicate the limitations of your aims—don’t promise what you can’t possibly deliver.
A review of existing published work (“the literature”) that relates to the topic. Here you need to tell how your proposed work will build on existing studies and yet explore new territory.
An outline of your intended approach or methodology (with comparisons to the existing published work), perhaps including costs, resources needed, and a timeline of when you hope to get things done.
Use of headings, lists, and visuals to make reading and cross-reference easy. And employ a concrete and precise style to show that you have chosen a feasible idea and can put it into action. Here are some general tips that can greatly help you:
Start with why your idea is worth doing (its contribution to the field), then fill in how (technicalities about topic and method).
Give enough detail to establish feasibility, but not so much as to bore the reader.
Show your ability to deal with possible problems or changes in focus.
Show confidence and eagerness (use I and active verbs, concise style, positive phrasing).
The proposal encompasses argumentative writing as well as hardcore research. It will usually contain reviews of various books which support the thesis or hypothesis that it proposes to prove.
At this point let us look at how we can write a research proposal for a final year project in a general way;
Your introduction should provide the background or the skeleton of proposal. You are establishing your basic framework for research. You should probably have a few subsections in the introduction, the reasons are;
As they grab readers attention.
Also as they can be used to mark remarkable points about past research in brief that can even be quoted.
As they can be used to make known quantitative and qualitative finds known.
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
This section will describe the analytical approach that you intend to use.
You will fully describe the problem as it related to your topic of research.
It will answer the question “Why does this research need to be done?”
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
You will need to provide a well rounded, intelligent and substantial statement on why the research that you are doing needs to be done.
It will disclose the hypothesis that needs to be tested and any questions surrounding it.
It will normally begin with the statement “The purpose of this academic research study is…”
It will provide a detailed discussion of whether you will be doing quantitative or qualitative research and the instruments of research (survey, interview, questionnaire, etc.) to be used.
This will discuss the information that is already known about the project.
It will review any pressing and pertinent research that is in anyway tied to the hypothesis debunking it.
It provides a research strategy – as in what sources will you use.
RESEARCH QUESTIONS OR HYPOTHESES
You will disclose your hypothesis here.
You will further disclose any research questions that surround your hypothesis.
You will address the possible testable theories that will bolster your hypothesis.
METHODS AND PROCEDURES
This section will tell exactly which methods you will use in order to prove your hypothesis.
It discusses the key variables that you will test and/or control in order to prove your hypothesis to be valid.
In either MLA or APA style the references of resources gotten are to be properly written.
This section will discuss any limitations that may arise in your research.
This section discuss your audience and why your research is relative to them.
This section will go in depth on your research methods.
With this the question, how can we write a killer research project proposal has being answered.
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