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Developing Research Proposals Handout
Prepared by Ted Zorn, University of Waikato
This is a handout I often give to students when I expect them to provide a research proposal for
a course project. That is, it’s intended for fairly brief proposals, not a prospectus for a masters or
It gives students an example of the sort of thing I want, plus some commentary (in italics) about
what I’m expecting in each section. I sometimes change the particular example given, in order
to encourage them to think about particular kinds of projects. For instance, the example
provided here was used in a Leadership Communication course. I’ve used the same format, but
a different research project example, for a course on Organisational Communication
Feel free to adapt it to your purposes.