Breaking down the proposal

This is the proposal structure we have been given broken down into areas. With my own interpretation of them.

Title of research project

A clear, brief title – which can be modified at a later date if necessary – but which gives clear idea of the nature of the project.

We were told my Shaun Hydes the importance of the title, we watched examples of past symposiums and it really showed me that the title can pivot your entire project. It needs to define your area, place the readers into a position where they know exactly what you will be exploring, after all we only have 10 minutes to do our talks so there isn’t enough time to try and define during the symposium. It also shows that I have a good grasp on my project, not waffling on.

Mode of presentation selection

Either DVD presentation OR Symposium presentation (You cannot change this at a later date so very important you choose the best mode for your research and in terms of the specific presentation/research skills you wish to develop in particular.)

I want to present as a Symposium presentation. To prove to myself that I can confidently present in public.

Description of subject to be investigated
A brief statement of the main issue/subject which your research project will examine, together with: a statement about the context such an enquiry emerges from – what precedents there are for such questions, what kinds of work by other authors does it lead on from etc.; what kinds of wider issues and debates will form the background to the study; and an indication of how you will be approaching the issue. 

What matters to me? not as an individual but a practitioner? Work out where I sit amongst the existing debate. Employ other peoples work and use it within my case.

An account of the material that will form the evidence base from which your argument will proceed. This might be: first-hand data or experience, interview material or systematic observations, public records and archives, newspaper reports, TV programmes, Films, academic articles or books, statistical abstracts or theoretical works. 
A discussion of the methods you will utilise to acquire primary material. This may be a brief statement on archive/library based research and/or a fuller statement on interviewing strategies, together with an indication of difficulties you might encounter. 

A brief account of the way in which your will organise, make sense of and examine/analyse the material you have acquired. 

An over-view of the stages and progress of the work. This must identify: when you will be doing preparatory work – reading establishing contacts etc. [including work already undertaken], when the material/data gathering/acquisition will take place, when you will be involved in the analysis of material, and when you will be writing-up the project. However, these will necessarily be broad periods of time and will over-lap somewhat. 

BIBLIOGRAPHY (in addition to the 500-700 word limit)
A bibliography listing both primary and secondary/theoretical/commentary texts mentioned above, together with an indicative list of those which will define and frame the dissertation.  

The bibliographic entry gives a strong indication of whether the research project can be supported by the University’s resources.

Looking through this all it’s hard to determine what I still need to do, most of these headers are predictions and promises of the future in my research. So for now I will keep on researching and forming a better idea of my title before I even attempt the rest of the project.

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