Developing an Effective Research Proposal

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Welcome to this RMIT University Library online module which provides you with key information, strategies and resources for developing an effective research proposal.

The module is aimed at graduate researchers (PhD or Masters by Research) who are seeking to understand why and how to write their research proposal.

The course materials include information, videos and learning activities which explore key features of developing effective research proposals.

We hope you find this module useful and stimulating.


Learning objectives

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. determine the purpose and importance of the research proposal
  2. create effective research questions
  3. identify they key components which structure a research proposal, and
  4. familiarise yourself with writing the “what”, “why” and “how” sections of your proposal.

This module should take you about 30 minutes to complete.

Work through each chapter using the navigation footer (i.e. previous/next) or use the contents page to select a particular section.

Please help us improve this module by taking a moment to complete the feedback form provided at the end.


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