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Writing Research Proposals


Introductory Training Course: Writing Research Proposals

Saturday, May 2, 2015AUC_logo

Course Outline

The course aims to teach proposal writing by focusing on the vital components that comprise a research proposal and introducing the skills and components needed to do it effectively.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the main characteristics and components of a research proposal.
  • Appreciate the nexus between the research proposal and the ethics of research.
  • The role of effective management in organizing activities and estimating a budget. 

Performance Objectives

After completing the course, trainees will acquire introductory skills to:

  • Write the various components of the research proposal
  • Prepare a consent form
  • Prepare a time plan and to estimate a budget

Course Structure

A one-day course comprising of four main blocks:

08:00-08:15 Introduction of participants and course overview
08:15-09:00 Block I
Introduction and Problem Statement
9:00-10:00 Block I
Group work
10:00–10:15 Break
10:15–11:30 Block II
Section 1 Research Designs and Quantitative Research Methodology
11:30–12:30 Block II
Section 1 Group Work
12:30–1:30 Lunch break
13:30–14:30 Block II
Section 2 Data Analysis in Quantitative Research
14:30-15:30 Block II
Section 2 Group Work
15:30-16:00 Break 2
16:00-16:45 Blocks III
Organizing and Managing Research Activities
16:45-17:45 Block IV
Ethics of Research
17:45-18:00 Conclusion and Course Evaluation

Block I. Introduction and Problem Statement

An overview of the various components of a research proposal detailing problem identification, background, rational, justification and significance of the proposal. Set research questions, objectives and hypothesis.

Block II. Achieving Objectives through Research Designs

Divided into two sections:
Section 1: Quantitative Research Methodology
Briefly explain quantitative research designs, sampling techniques and sample size. Introduce data collection methods and tools used in quantitative research.
Section 2: Data Analysis in Quantitative Research
Focus on data analysis methods and schemes that respond to the different quantitative research methodologies including descriptive and advanced statistic.

Block III. Organizing and Managing Research activities

Focus on setting a relevant time plan for the different activities of the research project, address the distribution of responsibilities among the research team members and teaching trainees the general format of budget estimation.

Block IV. Ethics of Research

Review and apply the principles of research ethics and ethical conduct of research. Introduce trainees to the main principles of writing an informed consent.


Lead trainers:

Zeinab Khadr, Research Scientist, Social Science Research Center, The American University in Cairo
Sherine Shawky, Research Professor, Social Science Research Center, The American University in Cairo

Supporting staff:

Dr. Mohammed Mohieddin, Director of Research, Doha International Family Institute


Tornado Tower, 7th Floor


A Certificate of Participation will be provided to trainees who attend the entire workshop

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About DIFI

About DIFI

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), formerly known as Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development (DIIFSD), was established by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in 2006. The Institute has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC).

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