9. Annex A - Research Proposal

ISS / IRS 2012/2013

Group Proposal
-Group F 4 Page Report-
-Brandon Tan Jun
- Alexandre Shing
- Jeff Lee
- Farruq Daniel B Humbardany


Ms Shireen Kaderuppan


The manageability of Diabetes in General  

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Aims of research:
To help reduce pain of people with diabetes with material that will help them manage the disease.

Subject(s) of study:
Heatlth science.

1. Why is your research important?
Our research is important because it can help people with Diabetes to live a more normal and better life through these devices that will help them with their situation.

2. How does it contribute to existing body of knowledge?
Nowadays, people are more unhealthy, making the rate of people with diabetes soar over the past few years. That is why we are researching on this topic so that we can help teach these people how to be more healthy through these devices and tools that help support their situation and make it better for them. Through our research we will be listening to the peoples 's opinions so that we are able to design something that will help their situation which will be built upon the basic gadgets that saves these Diabetics today.

3. How does your research contribute to/impact the society or community?
As the number of people in Singapore suffering from Diabetes is on the rise, our research can maybe help them find a cure or a way to ease their sufferings. When a cure is found, we can also sell these products to the other countries where research is already conducted and it shows that a lot of citizens are suffering from Diabetes in that country. We can thus boost our country’s economy. People would then be less depressed and more healthy ,boosting their confidence and possibly allowing them to be someone of good value to the world in the future.


The "scope" section is where you list what you are doing. The "bounds" section is where you set the boundaries and you list something explicitly that you are not doing because they are outside the bounds of the project.

We plan to gather information by interviewing doctors and people with Diabetes and ask about their views on the topic and on Diabetes. One possible question may be: “Can Diabetes be cured? We will also open the survey to the public and see their views on the topic. We will also interview patients suffering from Diabetes now and if possible, doctors too.   
We may not be able to have a timeslot to interview doctors as some doctors may be busy while others may not be specialised in this field but we can email them the question. There is also the problem of the doctor even wanting to reveal such information about him/herself.


1. What are the current research available/ you have come across?
Google, yahoo etc are good sites where we can “fish” information from. We will also search on Wikipedia and other medical sites about Diabetes as well to see what doctors have to say.

2. Summarise the research articles that you have encountered which may be useful to your research.
There are 4 types of Diabetes, type 1, type 2, Pre, and pregnant Diabetes. Diabetes is caused when the pancreas, the insulin-producing organ does not produce insulin for the excess sugars to be converted to glycogen for storage. Blood levels rise and causes Diabetes if not controlled in time. Type 1 Diabetes is most common between the under 30s. Diabetes type 1 usually cause the patient to urinate frequently, drink lots of water, itching at excretory organs, blurred vision and slow healing of wounds. Complications of poorly managed type 1 diabetes mellitus may include cardiovascular disease, Diabetic neuropathy, and Diabetic retinopathy, among others.

We plan to set questions fordiabetes patients and we would set all the questions open-ended so that the interviewee could elaborate on what is asked. After that, we could arrange an appointment with the interviewee through his/her secretary. If the interviewee’s schedule is tight, we can arrange an email interview with him/her.

Data Analysis
We could gather data through doctors specialising in Diabetes and through the internet. We will compile the information into a graph or table to analyse the data collected. Then we can analyse it and be able to see at it’s core, being able to know whether the trend of children with diabetes is on the rise or give some percentages based on these information, eventually giving some hypotheses as to what the information tells us.

Watermelon mang (2012). Diabetes mellitus type 1. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from
Dr . Camillo Ricordi (2006). Diabetes Cure Page 1. Is there a Diabetes Cure? Retrieved from


1. List/identify the hazardous chemicals, activities, or devices that will be used
We might have to use see or use material such as the blood reader which is able to tell our blood sugar levels to see whether we are diabetically sound. This requires the process of piercing the skin of one's finger to get at the blood of the diabetic and measure the amounts of sugar in it.

2. Identify and assess the risks involved.
Just as long as we do not use their medicine or devices, we will be safe.

3. Describe the safety precautions and procedures that will be used to reduce the risks.
We do not need to try it out, only see how they do it and learn how they live a diabetic lifestyle and help them from there.

4. Describe the disposal procedures that will be used (when applicable).
the person will throw away the slip of paper with the drop of blood on it. the whole device can be reused again and again. We will not be using it. We can record the method of how they record their blood sugar level or take their medication.

5. List the source(s) of safety information.

Desired Outcomes / Skills Acquisition  

1. ICT skills
2. Applied Learning skills
3. 21st century skills
4. The Scientific Method
5. Inter-disciplinary Research

We can use the ICT Lessons, like using iMovie to edit videos, to make the presentation and make an online survey. We can also use our research skills to research on our focus and topic and see what other people think about the topic Diabetes. We can also research on what is already on the internet that can be done to help children with Diabetes such as devices that read the blood sugar levels in ones body and improve those solutions. We also have to use our communication skills to observe good etiquette when asking questions and most importantly asking the right questions based on our topic question. Our scientific skills will come into place when evaluating our reports because based on the question, we have to come up with a hypothesis. After that, based on the reports and answers that we have acquired, we will arrive at a conclusion. This process is like the steps for a science experiment.

Using the template provided, think through and discuss with your mentor the planning and implementation issues of your project in creating a reasonable timeline to guide the progress and completion of your project. Provide sufficient time for the various phases of your research, e.g. literature review, experimentation, review, writing of research paper, presentation preparation. Take into consideration your school commitments.
Group Project ProposalTerm 3, week 9
Evaluating and submission of Group Project ProposalsTerm 1, Week 1.
Log Book / Preparation for Experimental ResearchTerm 1, Week 2.
ExperimentationTerm 4, week 3.
Reporting of resultsTerm 4, Week 2
Preparation Individual written reportsTerm 4, Week 3
Preparation of Group written reportsTerm 4, Week 3
Feedback to students for improvementsTerm 4, Week 3
Final Submission of Group and Individual ReportsTerm 4, Week 3 - 4

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