Social science project proposal

Assignment 2 – Project Proposal: Research into a Potential Project

Deliverables 1250 words (excluding reference list and title page).
Due date Monday, August 19, 11:59pm. Start of Week 5

Value 30%
Marking criteria See link in ‘Assessment Overview’ Page, in the CUC106 Learnline site.
Task overview In this assignment, you are asked to present a project proposal with two possible design solutions based on research. This is in response to one of the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Challenge design areas for the Suco Holarua communities in Timor-Leste. Your proposal should include background information about the underlying issue and a summary of your research informing your suggestion for two possible solutions.

Completion of this assignment will equip you to contribute well informed ideas about the logistics of possible project options. You will bring these ideas with you when forming a design team in Week 5, which will assist you and your team to develop a viable project.

Task details Your assignment should contain the following:

· A title that describes the specifics of the project you are exploring. It should contain: the area context of the design (e.g. Soco Holarua communities, Timor-Leste), the issue being addressed, and the scale of the project (e.g. household or village level).

e.g. ‘Investigating innovative agriculture systems to mitigate the impact of hot sun on household farms in Holarua, Timor-Leste.’

· Background about the current situation and justification of the need for the project. This includes information about the community, the region, the way of life, and why improvements are necessary.

· A summary of your research findings informing the possibilities for the design. This is where you present a summary of relevant information found in three credible sources relating to your project. At least two of these sources must be found using the CDU library databases.

· Two possible design solutions.


Body of Assignment

Use the following guide to structure your assignment:

· Title Page

· Design project title

· Your name and student number

· Body of Assignment

· References

· Marking criteria

Your assignment should include the following sections which should be numbered as indicated in report style.

1.0 Introduction

In one or two sentences describe the purpose of this assignment.

For example: This assignment will investigate a design response to the management of faecal sludge in rural areas of Timor-Leste. It will provide justification of and research informing the project and two possible design ideas.

2.0 Project background and justification:

One or two paragraphs that set the scene for your project and why it is necessary. This must contain a detailed description of the issue or problem your design is looking to address. Make it clear that you understand the current situation and the requirements of the community. Describe who in the community the design is for, and what they are doing currently with regard to the issue/problem, and what needs to be improved and why. You should include references to back this up. (NB Much of your information for this section will be sourced from the EWB Challenge design brief or website but you should also seek further information elsewhere. Ensure you use in-text referencing where required.)

3.0 Preliminary research:

Find three relevant, credible sources (at least 2 from the CDU library database, and not including the EWB Challenge design brief or website) that tell you more about the problem in one design area, the community, or the region. Then summarise and comment on each of the sources of information you have chosen and present these in the form of an annotated bibliography, as follows:

· A heading – consisting of the bibliographic details for the source in APA format, in bold type

· A summary paragraph – which summarises the source’s main points that relate to your design area, the community or the region,

· A relevance paragraph – an explanation of how this information relates to the development of a suitable design, including why it is credible.

For each source you should write 200 words (not including the heading).

(NB In-text referencing not required in this section.)

4.0 Design options

Identify two potential design solutions. These could be solutions you have come across in your research that fit the need, or solutions that you have observed elsewhere. The ideas need not be fully developed at this stage.

4.1 Option 1 (Insert your first option here eg 4.1 Water purifier)

Give a brief overview and description of the design solution and explain how it could solve the problem related to your design project. (Recall, design projects are selected from the EWB Challenge Design Brief). Include a simple sketch or diagram if appropriate. Include in-text references where necessary.

For example: This design for a water purification system offers a solution to improve water sanitation in the Holurua communities.

The water purify consists of a simple clay cooking pot modified to include a spout and materials for filtering the water, as shown in Figure 1.

The filter materials consist of locally sourced charcoal and sand. The spout made of bamboo is inserted into the bottom of the pot as indicated. The lid consists of a heavy piece of cloth (in-text reference).

By providing a water purifier for each individual household water borne diseases in the community will be greatly reduced.

4.2 Option 2 (Insert your second option here)

Give a brief overview and description of the design solution and explain how it could solve the problem related to your design project.

4.3 Issues for further Investigation

List the main questions or issues that need to be investigated further in order to develop your design ideas into appropriate solutions. These could be economic, environmental, technical, or cultural issues.

5.0 Conclusion

A conclusion should sum up the information you have provided in this document.


Compile a reference list in APA format including your research summary sources as well as any other references that you have used and cited in the document.

Formatting Your document needs to be presented professionally, using the following format (look up Microsoft ‘Help’ for formatting instructions):

· Single document, MS Word.

· Margins: Top & Bottom (3.00cm), Left & Right (2.50cm)

· Body text: Times New Roman (or alternative legible and professional font), 12pt size, left alignment with 1.5 line spacing.

· Paragraph spacing: 0pt ‘before’ and 12pt ‘after’.

· A header and/or footer should be included, with details of the unit code, Assignment number, and your name.