INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH STUDIES
INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH PROPOSAL
Instruction to Participants:
STUDENT NAME (S)
JEREMIAH ONG RAY
GABRIEL LEONG JIA HAO
MD DANISH KARLIN
NG TZE WEI, BRUCE MITCHELL
SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, SINGAPORE
INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH STUDIES /SST
TITLE OF PROJECT
An investigation of diabetics lifestyle and how we can help improve their lives.
PURPOSE OF RESEARCH
Aims of research: To help diabetics manage their lives better.
Subject(s) of study: Diabetics
RELEVANCY OF RESEARCH
“Diabetes is a factor in about 9 per cent of all deaths in Singapore, and is the seventh most common cause of death locally."  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.
By identifying key causes of diabetes, we can work towards a more effective treatment for diabetics and reduce death by diabetes in Singapore.
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.
Anything we have found is summarized in the Diabetes Information Paper 
Most of the points we need can be found in the Diabetes Information Paper .
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 . 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
 Asia Singapore: Diabetes in Singapore. (n.d.). Retrieved September 13, 2012, from http://asiasingapore.blogspot.sg/2012/03/diabetes-in-singapore.html
 Diabetic Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Retrieved September 13, 2012, from
 (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
School of Science and Technology, Singapore
1 Technology Drive, Singapore 138527
Tel (65) 6571 7200 Fax (65) 6872 0856 Website: www.sst.edu.sg1