Task description: You are required to submit a coherent research proposal on a certain engineering topic chosen
by you. The aim of this assignment is to assess your knowledge and understanding related to conducting a research
project and skills in writing a research proposal. It includes the delivery of a structured research proposal, which
contains the essential elements of a proposal, as discussed in the lectures. This assignment contributes in part to
your total understanding of the scientific research process, including initial definition of the research problem,
generation of research questions, recommendations for undertaking the research, and dissemination of research
findings. The overall objective of this assignment is for you to give a comprehensive, well structured, and
methodical approach, with adequate supporting literature references, on HOW the particular selected research topic
needs to be investigated. You are NOT expected to conduct actual research in the selected topic.
Due Date: Monday, 27th May 2019 at 23:59.
Marked out of: 100
Type of assignment: research-based, individual assignment
Research topic: You may select any research topic that has relevance to your Engineering field.
Submission: Name your proposal as sXXXXX_Proposal.docx, where sXXXXX represents your student number.
Submit your research proposal through Learning@Griffith, where a submission point will be available under
“Assessment”. Your submission will be checked for plagiarism using text-matching software (Turnitin); therefore,
make sure your work is original and has never been submitted before, either at Griffith University or elsewhere.
Before submitting your final version, use the ‘Draft Submission’ point to check the ‘originality report’. You can
submit and re-submit your draft as many times as you want to check this report. Each time you upload your draft,
the system will generate a new originality report, showing the percentage of similarity between your submitted
work and a database of other published work. As a guide, a returned percentage below 15% would probably
indicate that plagiarism has not occurred. So please make sure your similarity is below 15%. The draft submission
point is only for you to check the Turnitin originality report for your submission. Your draft submission will not be
checked / marked.
Late submission: An assessment item submitted after the due date, without an approved extension from the course
convenor, will be penalised. The standard penalty is the reduction of the mark allocated to the assessment item by
10% of the maximum mark applicable for the assessment item, for each working day or part working day that the
item is late. Assessment items submitted more than five working days after the due date are awarded zero marks.
Length of the research proposal: 2000-2500 words. The tolerance in word limit is +10%. The list of references,
provided at the end of your research proposal, will not count towards the word limit.
Report template: You MUST use the report template provided on L@G. Reports provided in other formats
will not be accepted and will be awarded zero marks.