L7. Writing Research Proposal (Engineering)

The template is at: http://1drv.ms/1khzJFs

The format is as follows::: 

Class: S2-0_______
Group Reference: A / B / C / D / E / F / G / H   

1.    Indicate the type of research that you are adopting:

[    ] Test a hypothesis: Hypothesis-driven research
e.g. Investigation of the anti-bacteria effect of chrysanthemum

[    ] Measure a value: Experimental research (I)
e.g. Determination of the mass of Jupiter using planetary photography

   ] Measure a function or relationship: Experimental research (II)
e.g. Investigation of the effect of temperature on the growth of crystals

[    ] Construct a model: Theoretical sciences and applied mathematics
e.g. Modeling of the cooling curve of naphthalene 

[    ] Observational and exploratory research
e.g. Investigation of the soil quality in School of Science and Technology, Singapore  

[  X  ] Improve a product or process: Industrial and applied research
e.g. Development of a SMART and GREEN energy system for households  

2.    Write a research proposal of your interested topic in the following format:

Title: Development of a green and smart house

A.    Problem being addressed

Non-renewable energy is creating more problems for mankind rather than solving it. For example, Nuclear energy and Fossil energy can produce potentially harmful consequences if they are not managed properly. One is a nuclear pollution, and the other is the green house effect that leads to global warming.

B.    Goals

A student wanted to cut down on electricity bills using SMART and GREEN technology that is available in the market today.

Specify Requirements

In particular, he wanted to 
(a)   Control the lights to the house using Light sensor system
(b)   Control the opening of doors using the rainwater sensor system
(c)   Control the air con / fan using the temperature sensor system
(d)   Collect energy by using solar energy and storing the energy in a rechargeable battery   

Alternative Solutions

Design 1

Design 2

Design 3

Best solution and reason

C.    Description in detail of method or procedures (The following are important and key items that should be included when formulating ANY AND ALL research plans.)

Equipment list: 

• Procedures: Detail all procedures and experimental design to be used for data collection


• Risk and Safety: Identify any potential risks and safety precautions to be taken.

• Data Analysis: Describe the procedures you will use to analyze the data/results that answer research questions or hypotheses


D. Bibliography: List at least five (5) major references (e.g. science journal articles, books, internet sites) from your literature review. If you plan to use vertebrate animals, one of these references must be an animal care reference. Choose the APA format and use it consistently to reference the literature used in the research plan. List your entries in alphabetical order.

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