After reading the proposal and talking about it we should be able to answer the following questions.
- Do we know what you propose investigating? (a one sentence statement, often the title)
- Motivation, why is it interesting? (might be something puzzling at work or a question you have)
- What sources of data do you think will you use? (speculation is ok)
- What kind of data do you expect to gather and how will the data be gathered? (speculation is ok)
- In what theory, knowledge area, discipline do you start from? (provide some references to theory)
Basic structure as follows:
TITLE (a couple of words, a phrase or a short sentence)
ABSTRACT (- around 300 words - a very short 'story' from which answers to the questions above can be inferred )
REFERENCES (3 TO 8)
- Justify your idea using at least three academic references (not magazine articles, web posts or news items).
- Justify the most important statements using citation (see note above).
- Do not include spurious references in the bibliography, that is, only include a reference if you have cited it in the text.
- For an abstract: three references is about right, more than ten is too many. None is too few.
- An abstract should fit on a single page (including title, author's name and references).