Word limit: 3000 (-/+10%) – text only, excluding tables, appendices, references, covers page, contents.
Research Proposal Specifics
You are about to commence a new research project in a business field of your choice. You are expected to write a report that constitutes a research proposal. Business fields may include but are not limited to: Customer satisfaction Employee satisfaction Employee contribution Quality control effectiveness Perceived Organizational Support Organizational Commitment Wage Satisfaction Leadership effectiveness Stock management Sale Forecasting Operations research
1. Have chosen a clear and specific research question/ aim/ hypothesis for yourresearch; – Have contextualised your research question/ aim within the academicliterature; – Understand the philosophical and methodological bases for yourresearch; – Have a sound method to address the research question/ aim/hypothesis. 2. Use Harvard style in-text citation andreferencing. 3. Do not copy any materials you use word for word unless you identify these sections clearly as quotations. 4. If you paraphrase any materials, you must identify sources through in-textreferencing.
Marks for criteria: Criteria 10% Focus and Completion Does the proposal address the set tasks in a meaningful manner?
20% Research Objective Does the proposal clearly articulate 20% Synthesis and Soundness Does the proposal place the research objective in the context of the relevant academic literature and any relevant past studies? Does the discussion demonstrate acomprehensive understanding of that literature? 30% Research Methods and Methodology Does the proposal sensibly outline methods for accessing sources of data that will address or answer the research objective? Is the method consistent with the methodology?
10% Clarity of Approach Is the proposal well organised, logically constructed and attentive to the needs of the reader? Does the timeline include an Gantt chart or key milestones for research? 10% Mechanical Soundness Is the portfolio clearly written, spell
Structuring the research proposal 1. Introduction (~200 words) Explain the issue you are examining and why it is significant. Describe the general area to be studied Explain why this area is important to the general area under study (e.g., psychology of language, second language acquisition, teaching methods)
2. Background/Review of the Literature (~1000words) A description of what has already known about this area and short discussion of why the background studies are not sufficient. Summarise what is already known about the field. Include a summary of the basic background information on the topic gleaned from your literaturereview Discuss several critical studies that have already been done in this area (cite according to Harvard style). Point out why these background studies are insufficient. In other words, what question(s) do they leave unresolved that you would like tostudy?
3. Research Objective (~500words) A contextualisation and description of the questions you are examining and an exploration of the claims. Outline the methodological position you will take (ontology and epistemology) Outline the overarching research aim, objective or hypothesis that you will explore. List the specific question(s) that you are exploring. Explain how these research questions are related to the larger issues raised in the introduction.
4. Method and Design (~900words) A description of how you would go about collecting data and test the questions your are exploring. (You are not required to come up with a new or original method!). Describe the general method you choose for your study, in order to explore your research objective or test yourhypothesis(es). Explain why this method is the best for your purposes. Explain any potential difficulties in collecting data and how these will be overcome Explain the design features that ensure acceptability for ethical purposes Describe the participants (if any) and explain how you selected the sample Explain how you will present the collected data and how it will be able to be analysed the results to explore the research aim or to test the research hypothesis
5. Significance and Conclusion (~400words) Discuss, in general, how your proposed research would lead to a significant improvement over the original studies, and how it would benefit the field. (In other words, why should someone care?
6. References (not in word count) Include all references in Harvardstyle. Appendix: (not in word count) Dissertation structure in chapters Gantt Chart or timeline