3.4.10 HOS 998: Research Proposal Writing                                                                      (2 Units)

Course Purpose

This course will equip learners with appropriate knowledge, attitude and skills for research proposal writing.

Course Objectives

The objectives of this course are to:

1.        Familiarize students with steps involved in writing a research proposal;

2.        Expose students to literature review process;

3.        Enable students to recognize different referencing styles;

4.        Familiarize students with the features of a good research proposal.


Expected Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the student should be able to:

1.      Identify and articulate steps in research proposal writing;

2.      Engage in literature review process;

3.      Apply different referencing styles;

4.      Design a research proposal.


Course content

Contents of a research proposal; structure of a research proposal; topic; declaration; dedication; acknowledgement; abstract, introduction; research problem; research objectives; research questions and /or hypotheses; justification; significance; literature review; Conceptual and theoretical framework; methodology; Study area, study population, research design, sampling, data collection methods, data management and analysis, scope and limitations, ethical consideration; references; different reference styles; timeframe; budget; research tools/instruments


Mode of delivery

Diverse teaching and learning approaches will be used including: lectures/overviews, tutorials, seminars and workshops, case studies and blended learning.


Instructional materials and equipment

Whiteboards, smart boards, flip charts, LCD projector, laptop, desk top computers, resource persons and MUSOMI E-learning platform.




Student Assessment

Student assessments will include term papers, class presentation and group work, which shall constitute 80% and proposal presentation 20%.


Course Monitoring and Evaluation

The course will be continuously monitored and evaluated at its completion using student evaluation of lectures, presentations at the end of the course, students’ attendance list, ISO audit reports and student progress reports.


Core texts

1.       Altinay, C. & Paraskeras, A. (2008). Planning research in hospitality and tourism. Oxford: Elsevier Ltd.

2.       Bryman, A. (2008). Social research methods (3rd ed). New York: Oxford University 

Press Inc.

3.       Friedland, A., &Folt, C. (2009). Writing successful science proposals (2nded.). New Haven: Yale University Press.

Other resources/reference materials

1.      Hofmann, A. (2010). Scientific writing and communication: Papers, proposals, and presentations. New York: Oxford University Press.

2.      Single, P.B., & Reis, R.M. (2009). Demystifying dissertation writing: A streamlined process from choice of topic to final text. VA: Stylus Publishing.

3.      Veal, A. J. (2006). Research methods for leisure and tourism. A Practical Guide (3rd ed). Cambridge: Pearson Education Ltd.