Courses Catalogue

Research Proposal Development

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Telecommunications Engineering, Masters
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description


This research preparedness course will review and reinforce doctoral student learning on the research process and enable students to produce a research proposal ready for implementation. In a series of modules, the course focuses on specific aspects of doing research including: literature searching and critical appraisal; reference management; framing the research question and determining research approaches; and ethical issues. Students will develop competence in assessing the validity of the published literature, determining the gaps in the evidence and developing a feasible study design that complies with the principles underpinning responsible research practice.


At the end of this course, students will be able to:

1.      Identify a problem suitable for scientific investigation

2.      Situate that problem within the relevant literature and existing evidence and identify gaps in the evidence about that problem (i.e. things worthy of further research)

3.      Develop a (structured) research question which addresses a gap in the evidence about the problem

4.      Plan an appropriate research design to investigate the research question

5.      Use appropriate online databases of research evidence and reference management software

6.      Apply ethical principles of research to shape or modify the research proposal


On completing this course, students are expected to:

1.      Analyze a substantial body of knowledge that is at the forefront of science, technology and engineering

2.      Demonstrate expertise in at least one field of the discipline, and possess a competent understanding of the literature, debates, theories, etc. of at least one additional field in the discipline.

3.      Conceptualize, design and implement research for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline;

4.      Make informed judgments on complex issues in specialist fields, sometimes requiring new methods, interpretations, or insights.

5.      Contribute to the development of academic or professional skills, techniques, tools, practices, ideas, theories, approaches, and/or materials.

6.      Demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative incomplex situations;

7.      Apply intellectual independence and ability to be academically and professionally engaged and current;

8.      Practice ethical behaviour consistent with academic integrity and the use of appropriate guidelines and procedures for responsible conduct of research;

9.      Evaluate the broader implications of applying knowledge to particular contexts.

10.  Communicate complex and/or ambiguous ideas, issues and conclusions clearly and effectively.

11.  Demonstrate an appreciation of the limitations of one’s own work and discipline, of the complexity of knowledge and of the potential contributions of other interpretations, methods and disciplines.