The second part of your research proposal, relates to learning
outcome two of this unit (analyse and explain the choice to use one communication research
method to investigate a particular communication issue or problem) and is explained here.
You must submit Part 2 along with Part 1 and therefore the total report will be 4000 words
long. Only Part 2 will be graded but Part 1 is needed so your tutor can see how your proposal
flows from one section to another. The purpose of Research Proposal Part 2 is for you to
show your tutor that you have the ability to:
i. identify the various methods that are available to you as a researcher
ii. choose a research method (collection and analysis) that will allow you to either (a)
answer your research question or (b) test your hypothesis
iii. identify the ethical issues related to your chosen method and how you will address
these ethical issues
iv. explain how the research fits within time and budget constraints
v. summarise your research project as a whole
You will do this by submitting a report style document (to be submitted by Friday of Session
9) to your tutor via LMS just like you did for part one. The structure of your research
proposal, in line with the above purposes, must include the essential components below.
1. Available methods and your chosen research method (approx.1000 words)
In this section you will explain at least three possible methods available to you as a
researcher and how each method will affect your proposed research. You will need to
discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each method as it applies to your chosen
research topic by using at least five different academic sources/texts.
Out of the possible methods you have discussed, you will then choose the method that you
want to use and explain why you have chosen it. Explain what the method entails (what does
it involve?), and demonstrate how it will inform your topic (why is it valuable?).
2. Potential ethical issues
Explain any ethical issues there might be when carrying out your research in the future.
3. Time and budget
Plan to carry your research out over three months. Explain what you will do and when. Also
explain how much it is likely to cost you to carry out the research.
4. Research Proposal Summary
Summarise the whole research proposal in this section.
You must include a reference list. Write your complete references using the Chicago Style
Author-Date method of referencing.