Case StudiesYou may be asked to write a researchproposal before a major piece of writingsuch as a final dissertation. The purpose ofthe proposal is to show how you intend totackle the study and whether or not youhave thought through the practicalities. Youneed to show that you have planned yourresearch carefully in order to succeed.
Case Studies The proposal will probably include the following:• Preliminary title: What is the topic? What exactly is the research question?• What exactly do you hope to show? What is the purpose of your work? Describe you research problem.
Case Studies• Why is the research important? An argument as to why that problem is important, and what problems need to be solved.• What do you already know about the topic? The proposal should begin by giving the background to the subject area in which the research is situated. It will describe the important theoretical and practical issues it plans to address.
Case Studies This should be supported by some reference to recent literature. It should finish by indicating a problem that your research will solve.• How will the research be conducted? A description of the proposed research methodology. A time line may be required.
Case Studies• What resources will be needed? What are the resource implications for the proposed research with regard to equipment, library resources, etc.?• How will the findings be used? A description of how the research findings will be used and/or communicated to others.
Case Studies• A preliminary reading list. This gives some ideas of the reading you have already done and what you think you will need to do.
Research Reports Introduction Description of the background. Explanation of why the research was necessary. Description of how research will be undertaken.
Research Reports Preliminaries Title Brief description of research proposal. PurposeDescription in detail of what you want to find out. Justification Argument to justify your research Explanation as to why it is important
Research Reports Literature review Report of the previous research. Examples of previous research. Evaluation of previous research. Identification of any gaps. Description of how you are going to fill them. Method Description of your proposed research methodology. Description of your time-frame Description of how you intend to do this in the time. Description of resources.Description of how you intend to do this with available resources
Research Reports Dissemination Description of how the findings will be used. Evaluation of this use. Description of how the findings will be disseminated. Reading listList of reference plus other books you might find useful. Reading list End matter.