Research Proposal Guidelines

Research Proposal Guidelines


Guideline and Brief Explanation.



  • Indicate the concept or problem being studied
  • Be clear and make it appealing
  • Be as specific as possible
  • Be short, sharp, and describe what your research is about



1. The main purpose of the introduction is to provide necessary background or content for your research problem.

Start writing using

    • Quotation
    • Question
    • Interesting facts
    • The broad foundation for the problem that leads to the study
    • One that create readers’ interest in the topic

2. Explain the main concept in your topic briefly. Explain the Business Issues you want to research. Explain why this business issue is important for study.

3. Give brief information about the organization that you selected for your study or you may refer to the group of people (youth, females, professionals etc.) you have chosen to focus the study on.

4. Briefly give the structure of the proposed report (What sections/ content will be included in the final report)

5. Must be at least 250 words



1.  It often answers the question ‘why’.  It justifies the research in terms of the broader benefit gained from it.

2. The rationale section is an important element in the research proposal.

It should give

  • The reason why the study should be implemented
  • The relevance for your research effort.
  • It certainly should have the potential to solve the problem,
  • Improve a situation or provide new insights.
  • It will determine how well the students are convinced of the importance of the study and how confident the student is of pursuing the study.

3. Must be at least 100 words.


Research Problems

1. It is a statement about an area of concern, a condition to be improved upon, a difficulty to be eliminated, or a troubling question that exists in scholarly literature, in theory, or in practice that points to the need for meaningful understanding and deliberate investigation.

2. The title and the problem statement question are often nearly identical.

3. List at least 2 Research problems. Each problem must be explained.

4.  Must be at least 75 words.


Research Objectives

1. Objectives inform a reader of what the researcher wants to achieve through the study. So it is extremely important to word it clearly and specifically.

2. Research Objectives include a statement of your study’s main and sub objectives.

  • Objectives identify the specific issues you want to examine.
  • Objectives should be numerically listed
  • Each objective must contain only one aspect of your study
  • Objective should be worded clearly
  • Use action oriented words or verbs when writing your objective 

3.  You can start like

  • To determine…
  • To find out….
  • To study….
  • To estimate…..
  • To ascertain ….
  • To evaluate…
  • To describe…
  • To develop….
  • To establish…..
  • To draw…..

4. Must be at least 75 words


Research Design

1. A research design is the arrangement of conditions for collection and analysis of data in a manner that aims to combine relevance to the research purpose with economy in procedure.”

2. The research-student is writing down his plan on how he tackles this project.

Research Design in the Research Proposal Includes the following information:

a.  Geographic Area

b.  Sample Size and  Sampling Method

d. Data Collection Method

e.  Data Analysis

f.   Timeline

Word limit: 400 words +/- 10%


Geographic Area

1. Briefly explain the geographic area/s covered in this research.

2. The geographic area referred to may refer to a particular Emirate or city only. It may refer to one particular organization only

3. It gives the readers the idea as to the extent of the place covered in this study.


Sample Size and Sampling Method

  1. It explains   how many respondents will answer the research instrument.
  2. It also tells the composition of representatives of the population (i.e. how many males or females, etc.) 
  3. It tells what sampling method is to be used in the study (i.e. probability/non-probability and within this, which technique). It explains what this sampling method is all about and why it is chosen


Data collection Method

  1. It explains how data are to be collected from primary sources (i.e. interview, survey, observation, etc.) It will explain how secondary sources are to be used.


Data Analysis

  1. It explains how the analyses are to be done.  In the case of quantitative survey, should it use “mean, median, or mode”? Should it use Rank analysis (by percentage or real number?)
  2. It includes graphs or charts. 



  1. It gives a CLEAR Timeline of all activities involved in the preparation and accomplishment of the Research Project.
  2. Each activity is briefly but clearly explained.     

NOTE: Reference, Formatting  and number of pages

  1. Referencing should conform to APA standards.
  2. Formatting: Times New Roman, 12 pt, double spacing

Cover page clearly giving assignment title, name and ID of the student, course code and course title

  1. 4 -7 pages only (excluding cover page)

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