As part of their Physics Honours project and as a useful experience for the future, all students are to prepare, in no more than two or three pages, a research proposal describing their project, as if to a potential sponsor. This should be done initially as a draft on your own, and then discussed with your supervisor(s) before submission to the Honours Coordinator.
Retain a copy of your proposal for later incorporation into your project report.
Set out the proposal using the following headings, and be brief.
- Title— Provide a title for the study. (If more than six words, also provide a short title.)
- Keywords—List some (up to 5) to describe the subject area.
- Research Plan
- Aims: What are the specific aims of the project — the problem(s) it hopes to solve or particular question(s) it will answer?
- Significance: Why is the research worth doing and to what will it contribute?
- Methods: Describe the methods to be used.
- Have closely similar projects been undertaken (here or elsewhere) before?
- How does the project relate to other research in this department? Is it part of a research group's enquiry?
- Describe the current status of the project (see also 8 below).
- Problems: Mention any unusual difficulty foreseen or unusual sources of delay.
- Benefits—Summarize, in no more than seven lines, that a non-scientist can understand, the expected benefits resulting from success with the project.
- Publications—Identify some leading research workers or writers in the field, particularly some whose published work you have had occasion to study. Give one or two basic references.
- Costs— Estimate approximately the financial and manpower (other than your own) costs of the project — do not include equipment etc. already available.
- Previous Work— Those who worked on the same or a closely related project during the summer are to note this fact under 4.4 above and are to submit a separate report (one or two pages) on progress up to mid February.