Developing the research question and Final research proposal Select a researchable topic in health science, public health, medical sciences, traditional Chinese medicine, nutrition or any other topic relevant to your course and professional interests. Then find at least five and not more than 10 peerreviewed journal articles or similarly authoritative sources plus any additional sources you need to build an academic argument for further research that you will plan for Assessment .
Additional sources may include peer or non-peer reviewed sources, such as web sites or popular literature. Therefore, you are not limited to peer-reviewed articles but there must be at least five peer-reviewed journal articles or similarly authoritative sources cited and referenced. Authoritative sources include not only peer-reviewed journal articles but also official publications from government departments, government-affiliated organisations and widely recognised international agencies such as the United Nations, UNESCO, World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Non-government organisations such as advocacy groups must have a rational, empirical, essentially scientific, basis for their claims to be considered authoritative. This definition of an authoritative source applies to Assessments 1 and 3. Library databases are the best way to find peer-reviewed journal articles.
You are encouraged to use library databases rather than single-line, internet search utilities. Present the topic, background and rationale for a new, small-scale research project. Your own reading of published research reports and protocols in research reports in reputable journals will show you how research proposals are written, whilst towards the end of this assignment you are proposing an original research project of your own invention.