Australian Expert Writers
This proposal is effectively your business case and project management plan for the execution and closing phases of your research project. As such, it must be written in a clear language so anyone can use this document to complete the project.
You must submit both Draft Proposal and Final Proposal in Word format. Please strictly adhere to word limits in each section.
You are highly encouraged to consult Studiosity, ALC and/or Turnitin before submitting your draft or final version.
Due date for the Draft Proposal is Monday, 20 May 2018, 5:00 pm. Due date for the Final Proposal is Sunday, 3 June 2018, 11:55 pm
Dot points are not to be used except where noted as acceptable.
You are encouraged to include relevant diagrams in any part of this submission to more clearly illustrate ideas, including the research design.
You must refer to Moodle Site to learn about the criteria by which your research proposals will be assessed.
Please include the following sections in the proposal (all blue text is for guidance only and is to be replaced by appropriately formatted text). For draft proposal, include all sections except the research project management which will only be needed in the final submission
Include all your identifying information in this page which will be the first page of your proposal effectively. Delete the instruction page before submission.
(If you answer any question in this checklist with NO, Highlight that question in RED and include this checklist in your submission)
Does it summarize the main idea of my proposed research in an exciting way in no less than10- 12words?
Can it stand alone? Is it fullyexplanatory?
Do I explain how the results of my research will advance the general understanding ofthis topic?
Do I explain how the results of my research fill a knowledgegap?
Do I have a formal and clear statement of my proposed research questions and objectives?
Are my research questions developed aligned with the rationale and relevant reviewedliterature?
Do my research questions and objectives connect? Are they logical, researchable,achievable, andethical?
Does my literature review justify my research questions?
Does my literature review identify gaps, shortcomings, and limitations in existing researchgiving context to mystudy?
Do I demonstrate a thorough and current understanding of the peer-reviewed literaturerelating to mytopic?
Do I explain the approach I intend to use to solve the challenge in my study? Is it explicitand well thoughtout?
Are both my research approach and methods tied to my research questions and objectives?
Does both my approach and methods show an understanding of relevantreviewedliterature?
Are my procedures well organized and clearlydescribed?
Do I discuss how confidentiality of participants and their responses will be maintained?(if applicable)
Have I explained the scope boundaries and exclusions of my research?
Does my project schedule name all key activities and milestones for specific achievements? And does it pertain to the objectives Ihave set out toachieve?
Is my schedule manageable and realistic? Do I allow adequate time for completion of eachactivity?
Is the sequence for completionlogical?
Are all resource requirements assigned to project activities?
Are the key risks well identified and analyzed?
Are the key stakeholders well identified and analyzed?
Are my procedures for data management clearly described?
Have I provided a shared link to my Endone library and project data folder?
Have I provided cover page and abstract as per requirements?
Have I had my work checked by Studiosity and ALC before submission?
Is my language clear enough and free from typos and grammatical errors?
Do I provide a list of cited references that are current andrelevant?
Am I using Harvard style in the reference list and in-text referencing?
Have I followed all other instructions for submissions?
Research Project Topic
(up to 15 words) in the top of the abstract in this page.
(200 words) Summarize the major elements of your proposal in this page.
1. The rationale of the study
(500 words) References would be needed in this section to support your arguments.
Provide a research context and issues that surround the research topic. Explain why this project is needed and demonstrate the evidence for this need. Evidence could be a limitation of a previous study on the selected research topic or previous literature that suggest there no adequate information to explain the problem or no solution exists for that problem. Think of this section as building the case for the problem you plan to investigate and define the problem.
2. Significance of the study
(up to 200 words) This section is your argument that the study makes a significant contribution to project management profession. Explain why the topic is worth studying, how it may impact policy, how it contributes to the general understanding of the theory under investigation or who will benefit from this project.
3. Preliminary literature review
(1500 words, use a minimum of five scholarly refereed papers.)
Conduct an overview of the key literature sources from which you intend to draw. This is not the same as the critical literature review you will present in your final research paper. You just need to highlight the theories or sets of constructs underpinning your research topic. In particular, you should describe the phenomenon you are researching, the context in which it occurs, and other factors contained in your research questions and objectives.
Sources may include: CQUniversity Library texts, research journals/papers, online journals, etc.
4. Research question(s) and objectives
(dot point can be used in this section)
(Up to 100 words) Include one or two research questions and up to 5 objectives only
Define the problem in the form of research questions and objectives. You can also include a hypothesis.
4.1 Definition of key terms
Define any used term that may be vague or have a contextually related meaning.
5. Research Methodology
5.1 Research Approach
(Up to 200 words) References would be needed in this section to support your justification.
Research approach and data collection methods should be detailed enough to describe how you intend to answer the research questions and achieve the research objectives. In this section, you should select and justify a methodological approach to solve the problem (i.e.qualitative, quantitative, mixed method).
5.2 Data collection methods and analysis
(up to 800 words) References would be needed in this section to justify your choices.
This section should include a set of investigative strategies or methods which is considered, coherent and appropriate to the outcomes that the project is designed to achieve. Will it be based on a survey, interviews, examination of secondary data or combination of methods? And what are the reasons of choosing a certain method. If you are using a survey method, you should specify the target population, sampling plan, identification and access to participants, the methods and tools you will use to distribute the questionnaire and analyse collected data. It is also encouraged to provide samples of the survey questions you intend to ask and how the questions are aligned with your objectives.
5.3 Ethics Statement
(Up to 150 words)
Explain the ethical considerations that you will follow if you research will involve collecting data from people.
6. Research project management
Provide the necessary project management information in the sub-sections below. This section is only needed in the final research proposal submission. Do not include it in your draft submission.
(Up to 150 words)
Explain boundaries of your research scope (i.e. geographic boundary, sampling, etc.) The boundaries could be self-imposed (de-limitations) or potential weaknesses in the study design or methodology. Explain the rationale as to why and how you chose to narrow your study and explain what you will do to minimize the effect of the identified weaknesses.
You should use the table below to schedule work packages and/or activities relating to identified deliverables of your project including project milestones (identified with zero durations), logical relationships and assigned resources. (The template below is very flexible but you should include a minimum of 15 activities).
A Gantt chart, which clearly illustrates the project management timeline, can also be submitted as an appendix.
Refined research proposal
Example: FS 1 + 2 days
Critical literature review
Primary data collection
Risk register including analysis and response strategy
(Include a minimum of 10 negative risks that you may encounter during conducting project activities.)
Probability (1 very low, 5 very high)
Impact (1very low, 5 very high)
Assessment (impact x probability)
Identify and analyse the key stakeholders who may influence or may be impact by the project. (a minimum of 5 stakeholders)
Influence (ability to effect changes)
Impacted by project
(Up to 150 words)
This section should briefly explain how you will organise your secondary and primary data and whether you have used a software (i.e. Endnote) to help you with this. You should also explain how to safeguard research data & prevent unauthorised use. Include a hyperlink of the shared folder where you saved your work including Endnote library or secondary data used in preparation for this proposal.
7. References List
A complete list of cited works, as referenced in the proposal, must be included. You must refer to a well-rounded and relevant list of contemporary literature (within the last five years) when justifying the theoretical framework, research design, and analysis sections of this proposal. Do not include a bibliography – only those texts referenced in-text should be included in the reference list.
Formatting of in-text references and the reference list must be consistent throughout the proposal (Harvard format should be used– https://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life/services-and-facilities/referencing/cquniversity-referencing-guides).
You can add big diagrams, tables or Gantt chart here.