An Assessment of Students' Views on the Preparation of a Research Proposal

  • Mohd Zaki Mohd Yusoff School of Physics and Material Studies, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Keywords: Research proposals, undergraduates, supervision, Physics


University courses on writing research proposals are vital for the future employment prospects for students, as they provide them with the knowledge and abilities necessary to develop proposals for their assigned research projects. Research proposal courses train students to think critically and gather relevant information to solve the problems encountered in a particular area of research. It also trains students to be more creative in finding answers and ensuring the success of a project. An appointed panel will review new ideas in a research proposal to guarantee the project’s success. In the present study, a survey was conducted on the willingness of students to prepare a research proposal by identifying the obstacles they face when preparing such a proposal. A Google Form questionnaire was distributed to 53 students who have registered for the proposal preparation course. The statistical analysis of the findings was evaluated using Microsoft Excel software. The results of this study suggest that undergraduate students are physically and mentally prepared to write a research proposal in accordance with university guidelines. 69.8% of students chose Mode 1, which involves laboratory work; 17% chose Mode 3, which involves simulation research; and 15.1% chose Mode 2, which involves review research. Students prefer lab interaction, machinery, and equipment over computers for analysing research materials and results, according to research involving students and faculty members.