Template for RET project

1. Title

The big gold bit at the top that catches your attention.

2. Abstract

The proposal should include a concise statement of my intended research. This may be a couple of sentences setting out the problem that I want to examine or the central question that I will address.

Clarify that this project is about the use of Drone for photographic/ video purposes in the sub 20kg category.

(200 words -ish)

3. Research Context

Explaining the broad background against which I would conduct this research, including a brief overview of the general area of study within which my proposed research falls.

Summarising the current state of knowledge in the area and recent debates on the topics using national media to highlight the issues. This will allow me to demonstrate my familiarity with the relevant field as well as the ability to communicate clearly and concisely.

Summarise the current laws and restrictions to the UK drone flight, using materials from referenced sources, CAA other relevant locations.

Discuss the breaches of personal, private and local security in unregulated drone use, as well as health and safety dangers and the data protection of unregulated image capture.

(1500 words)

4. Research Methods

Outline the research methods, explaining how I am going to conduct the research. Methods may include visiting particular libraries or archives, field work or interviews.

Explain my key resources  (e.g. law reports, journal articles), if I plan to conduct field work or collect empirical data, I will provide details about this (e.g. if  I plan interviews, who will I interview? How many interviews will I conduct? Will there be problems of access?).

Mention the use of ethical data collection. Discuss why this is the most effective method of capturing the data for this project.

(1000 words)

5. Research Questions

Create questionnaire and research gathering forms discuss how these would be distributed.

This section should also explain how I am going to analyse my research findings.
(500 words – not including questionnaire)

6. Significance of Research/ Conclusion 

The proposal should demonstrate the originality of my intended research and should therefore explain why this research is important (for example, by explaining how my research builds on and adds to the current state of knowledge in the field or by setting out reasons why it is timely to research the proposed topic).

(800 words)

7. Bibliography

The proposal should include a short bibliography identifying the most relevant works for the topic.

(word count not recorded)

Harvard Referencing

This is an article I wrote for work last year, but it’s pretty on the nose with referencing. [Original Text Here]

How to Reference (Harvard Style) Like a Boss!

The reference list at the end of your work is one of the most important parts of your essay: it shows how much reading/research you have undertaken before writing the assignment. Every quotation or mention of another person’s ideas, theories or data must have a reference to the place you got it from. It is useful to keep records of all the references you use in your work as you go along.

Referencing splits into two separate parts, referencing in the body of the assignment and the big list of stuff at the end.

In the text

1. Short quote – with quotation marks in your sentence

2. Long quote – start on a new line, use single spacing & indent

3. Paraphrase – put another person’s ideas into your own words.

THE GOLDEN RULES: AUTHOR, DATE, PAGE. AFTER EVERY REFERENCE IN THE TEXT IN BRACKETS, IF THE AUTHOR’S NAME IS MENTIONED IN THE QUOTE JUST PUT THE DATE AND PAGE.

One author – surname comes before initials.

Two or three authors – second and third authors’ initials come before surname.

More than three authors – always use the first author, with or without the other authors.  If you don’t add the names, add ‘et al.’

No author – use ‘Anon’.

If the author is an organisation, use the company name.

Web pages are trickier and don’t include page numbers. If a page is divided into sections, use this to indicate which part of the source you are using.

At the end of the text

The theory is this list should enable the person marking your assignment to find the quote really quickly. Arrange the sources in alphabetical order by author then year, if an author has written alone and with others, the solo works come first.

GOLDEN RULES:

1. Authors’ surnames can be written in capital letters or lower case

2. The year of publication can be enclosed in brackets

3. Authors’ forenames can be written in full or as initials

4. The titles of books, journals, websites etc, should always be highlighted, either by using italics or bold

5. It is optional to use ‘p.’ or ‘pp.’ before page numbers

Cheat Guide

BOOKS

AUTHOR(S), Year of publication. Title. Edition (other than first). Place of publication: Publisher

JOURNALS

AUTHOR(S), Year of publication. Title of article. Title of journal, volume number (issue or part number)

EJOURNALS: INTERNET

AUTHOR(S), Year of publication. Title of article. Title of journal [type of medium], volume number (issue or part number), pages. Available: URL [accessed date:…]

EJOURNALS: DATABASE

AUTHOR(S), Year of publication. Title of article. Title of journal [online], volume number (issue or part number), pages Available: Database supplier/database name [accessed date:…]

NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES

AUTHOR(S), Year of publication. Title of article. Title of journal, day and month, pages

WEB PAGES

(Include the web address and the date at which you accessed it.)

AUTHOR(S), Year of publication. Title [type of medium]. Available: URL [accessed date:…]

BLOGS

AUTHOR, Date of entry. Title of blog entry. Blog title [type of medium]. Available: URL [accessed date:…]

A FILM OR DVD/VIDEO

Title, year. Material designation. Subsidiary originator (if applicable, eg, Director). Production details

TELEVISION OR RADIO PROGRAMME

Programme title, year. Medium, Channel. Date. Time

ARTISTIC IMAGES

Include details on the materials used and where it is held. ORIGINATOR(S), year. Title of work. Material designation. At: Location

ELECTRONIC IMAGES

ORIGINATOR(S), year. Title of image or a description [online image]. Available: URL Filename including extension [accessed date:…]