Course

Writing a Research Proposal

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5 Modules

Welcome to the short course on writing a research proposal.
The research proposal is a formal requirement for graduate researchers.

It is central to achieving your Confirmation of Candidature.

This course focuses on the elements of a research proposal, taking into account specific disciplinary requirements. It features a project-based learning model in which participants work on their research proposal draft and presentation with peer and instructor feedback and support.

I look forward to your company and contributions over the next few weeks.

The four sessions will go very fast so please take every opportunity to engage with the content and with others doing the course.
Ken 2018-08
Dr Ken Manson
HDR/Research team

Key features

  • Videos of highly experienced supervisors discussing what they look for in a research proposal
  • A project-based learning model in which participants focus on academic writing while drafting their research proposal and giving a short online presentation
  • A flexible, online format offering self-paced learning, moderated discussion and peer-to-peer based learning

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • understand the purpose and importance of the research proposal
  • create a problem statement and research questions
  • understand the structure and components of a research proposal in their discipline
  • draft a research proposal using a range of writing strategies
  • prepare and present an authoritative presentation of their research proposal

Learning activities

Participants undertake three key learning activities during the course by:

  • regularly contributing to the Discussion Forum
  • drafting and refining their research proposal according to guidelines from their discipline and providing feedback to peers through the Workspace Forum
  • preparing a presentation of their research proposal and presenting a summary of this online.

Prerequisites

To complete this short course, participants will need to be working towards their Confirmation of Candidature.

What will I get from the course?

The ability to:

  • understand the purpose and importance of the research proposal
  • create a problem statement and research questions
  • understand the structure, components and elements of a research proposal and relate this to your disciplinary requirements
  • draft a research proposal
  • prepare and present an authoritative presentation of your research proposal.

Logging in

You need to be logged in to access and take this course. Log in with your RMIT account using the link at the top right.  After you have logged in for the first time don’t forget to click the Take This Course button. To get access to the forums and the rest of the course content you need to make sure that you’ve clicked the Take This Course button above right. If it’s not there then you’ve already been registered in the course web system.

This is a moderated course commencing Monday 25th March 2019. For more information, contact the course moderator Dr. Ken Manson (ken.manson@rmit.edu.au).

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