FSP 300 Research Project I: Research Methods and Proposal development

Subject status:                       Core

Credits rating:                       8

Time distribution:

Lectures:                     30 hours

Seminars/Tutorials:      20 hours

Practical:                     5 hours

Assignments:               5 hours

Independent study:     20 hours

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of research methods.
  2. Apply the knowledge learned to plan, and prepare a research proposal.

Contents: Writing scientific reports theory: formulating objectives; literature review; methodology; data analysis, interpretation and discussion, conclusions and recommendations.

Required reading

  1. Klem, G.S. (1980). Writing scientific reports; Lecture Notes, Division of Forestry, UDSM.
  2. Aluma, J.R.W. (1991). How to write special project reports: A basic guide. Desk Top Publishing, Kampala.
  3. SUA (2007). Guidelines for preparing thesis, dissertation and other publications. DRPGS, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro,

Required reading

  1. Kane, E. (1995). Doing Your Own Research. Pitman, Great Britain.
  2. Gilbaldi, K. (1995). MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 4th Edition, U.S.A.
  3. Evans, V. (1997). Successful Writing Upper-Intermediate, Express Publishing, Athen