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Biology 231 - Research Methods

A collection of resources aimed at assisting students to develop their scientific research methodology skills

Research Proposals in a Nutshell


The basic purposes of all research proposals are to convince the reader that:

(a) the research project has clear objectives;

(b) the research project is worth doing (it is significant / important in some sense and will make an original contribution to knowledge / understanding in the field)

(c) the proposed methods are suitable and feasible;

(d) there is a well thought through plan for achieving the research objectives in the available timeframe.

Note that it is not enough to simply describe previous works, your project, and your methods

Rowland, D.R. Annotated Sample Research Proposal: Process and Product. The Learning Hub, Student Services, The University of Queensland.  Downloaded 20220214:

Outline Guides for Research Proposals