Please note that the nature of a research proposal will vary depending on your specific audience.
If, for example, you are addressing only academics in your precise field, you can be quite specific about your area of study and assume a high degree of existing knowledge.
This is the formal way of clarifying your own ideas and convincing a superviser that you know what you are doing.
When you start the proposal, you will probably have only a general idea of what your research topic will be.
What are you being asked to do in your literature review? Check your assignment question and your criteria sheet to know what to focus on. Select appropriate source material: Use a variety of academic or scholarly sources that are relevant, current and authoritative.
An extensive review of relevant material will include — books, journal articles, reports, government documents, conference proceedings and web resources.
While this document has the form of a sample, the main body of an academic proposal needs to be based on your research idea: all the rest of the content needs to flow from that if it is to be academically credible.
The notes and guide that form most of the words in this template are more important than the sentences to fill in.
Like the rest of the document, apart from block quotations, it should be double-spaced and laid out clearly.
Depending on the length of your research proposal, you may wish to include a contents page for the proposal itself (not for your main research project: suggested contents for this is included in your Proposed Chapter Outline, section 9), as follows (add page numbers / subsections when you know them, depending on your research).