Department of Anthropology, University of Kent
MSc in Ethnobotany
Research Proposal and Methods Portfolio
The Methods Portfolio consists of four elements, as follows:
1. Research proposal and a standardised research ethics protocol: (due
March 27, 2005), plus a presentation at the student research day (March
A standardised research proposal: A form and guidance will be provided.
A standardised research ethics protocol:
a. Statement showing understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks
relevant to research topic and location.
b. Draft consent agreement for research with local communities, and
collection and, if necessary export, of botanical or zoological voucher
2-3. Two assignments from Research Methods classes and Methods
workshops: These are chosen by the student in discussion with your
supervisor. These might include mock data collection forms, questionnaires,
analyses of mock data sets, results of practical exercises, etc.
4. Fieldnotes on one participant-observations of social events (such as drinks
after the research seminar, a party, family meal and so on). The form of the
field notes should be chosen in consultation with supervisor. Follow Bernard
2002 and seek out other references.
Assessment: There is no limit on the length of the methods portfolio assignments,
the research proposal does have a word limit. The research methods portfolio
(including the research proposal) is equivalent to one of the six required coursework
assignments. You are not marked on your presentation, but you should take it
seriously and do a polished, professional presentation. Each element will be marked
out of 100 and an overall mark determined by dividing by four. (See page 39-41
Greenbook for additional details.)