INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH STUDIES


IRS  2012


      INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH PROPOSAL

Instruction to Participants:

  1. Discuss with your mentor the planning and implementation issues of your project before completing this form.
  2. Submit the completed form to your mentor, teacher-advisor, and School-coordinator by 21 Sept 2012.

STUDENT NAME (S)

JEREMIAH ONG RAY

GABRIEL LEONG JIA HAO

MD DANISH KARLIN

NG TZE WEI, BRUCE MITCHELL

SCHOOL/TEAM

SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, SINGAPORE

 

MENTOR

MS SHIREEN

PROGRAMME/INSTITUTION

INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH STUDIES /SST

TITLE OF PROJECT

An investigation of diabetics lifestyle and how we can help improve their lives.

CATEGORY

(Tick appropriate category)

Chemistry

Biochemistry

Botany

Microbiology

Zoology

Environmental Science

Medicine & Health √

DNA Science

Space Science

Computer Science

Physics

Mathematics

Engineering:  (Specify which area of engineering)

Others:

PURPOSE OF RESEARCH

Aims of research: To help diabetics manage their lives better.

Subject(s) of study: Diabetics

RELEVANCY OF RESEARCH

  1. Why is your research important?

“Diabetes is a factor in about 9 per cent of all deaths in Singapore, and is the seventh most common cause of death locally." [1] Through this research, we are able to identify the key causes of diabetes, and thus, learn how to aid the expulsion of this ailment from diabetics.

  1. How does it contribute to existing body of knowledge?

By identifying key causes of diabetes, we can work towards a more effective treatment for diabetics and reduce death by diabetes in Singapore.

  1. How does your research contribute to/impact the society or community?

Through this research we can help the diabetics in Singapore by educating them on how they can manage their condition and also how they might be able to share the information with the people around, so as to decrease the number of diabetic Singaporeans.

SCOPE OF RESEARCH

We are only finding out how to improve the lifestyles of diabetic people, not doing hands-on experiment about diabetes. We will be carrying out surveys among youth, adults and elderly to find their views on diabetes and their lifestyles. Once this is done, we will interview doctors who are specialised in diabetes and give them some suggestions on how to improve their lifestyles. We, however, might not able to speak with doctors working on diabetes because they might be busy with their work.

LITERATURE REVIEW

  1. What are the current research available/ you have come across?

Anything we have found is summarized in the Diabetes Information Paper [3]

  1. Summarise the research articles that you have encountered which may be useful to your research.

Most of the points we need can be found in the Diabetes Information Paper [3].

METHODOLOGY

Procedures

  1. How are you going to gather data?

By online surveys and Internet-related activity. For example, we can refer to government and organisation websites. An example of this is the website of Diabetic Society of Singapore [2]. Important information about diabetes that we might not have known can be obtained from there. SurveyMonkey is a website that can be utilised to create online surveys. With this, it will be able to reach out to both diabetics and the average person to get their views on this topic. In order to ensure fair data collection, we will conduct the survey with as many youth and middle-aged people as we can to ensure maximum reliability of the information obtained.

  1. How are you going to collate data? 

By using convenient online programs such as Google Forms, which automatically receive and collate data, we can easily collate data for reference without having to put in excess effort.

  1. How are you going to sift and sort data i.e. which data is important?

After collating necessary data we can arrange it according to the way the survey has been answered. Separating fully completed surveys from half-completed or empty surveys, we then go deeper and scan for reasonable answers. Also, we can use spreadsheets to sort the surveys. Then, we can create a table to compare and count the responses.

Data Analysis

  1. How are you going to analyse the data?

We can input the data into a pie chart which represents the average life of a diabetic. We can also create bar graphs to show other variables so that we can compare them. This way, the reader can understand the information easier.

  1. How are you going to present the data?

If we were to present our data to the public we would have to present it somewhere everyone can view it, preferably an online document where many people can read it. Also, the data will most likely be presented in a table or a chart as readers would prefer to read condensed information rather than a whole chunk of words. Our audience will then be able to understand the data better.

Bibliography

[1] Asia Singapore: Diabetes in Singapore. (n.d.). Retrieved September 13, 2012, from http://asiasingapore.blogspot.sg/2012/03/diabetes-in-singapore.html

       [2] Diabetic Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Retrieved September 13, 2012, from

       http://www.diabetes.org.sg/

[3] (INP-11-7) 20111103 Diabetes Information Paper 2011.pdf. (n.d.). Retrieved September 13, 2012, from http://bit.ly/PuH20t (shortened link)

DESIRED OUTCOMES/SKILL ACQUISATION

  1. ICT skills : iMovie and Presentation Skills. These skills are demonstrated in the making of the video presentation.

  1. Applied Learning skills : Interviewing and information gathering skills. These skills are demonstrated when research is carried out.

  1. The Scientific Method        :-When sourcing for data online, we will triangulate our data based on many sources to ensure reliability.

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