The third assignment is a Research Proposal. You are expected to prepare a viable proposal for a well-stated and well-developed research question. The Research Proposal delineates the relevant literature, critically engages relevant theory(/ies), develops a model (if appropriate), hypotheses/research questions, and delineates the project’s proposed research method(s).
The research proposal will usually consist of the following sections: introduction (noting the significance of the study), literature review, research questions/hypotheses, method, limitations/delimitations of the method, and references. Appendices are optional.
The word count of the Proposal should be 2,500-3,500 words, with a minimum of 15 scholarly sources (not including any textbooks or webpages) in the list of references. That is, the Proposal would be approximately 12 double-spaced pages, not including the title page, references, appendices, figures, or tables).
Please ensure that the Proposal applies and conforms with the referencing system of your thesis discipline or if in doubt use the Harvard Style or (my preference) the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual (6th edition).