the different philosophies of research which act as a guide and filter to formulating appropriate research designs.

the different philosophies of research which act as a guide and filter to formulating appropriate research designs.

Description Research Proposal

The students will develop a research proposal for their future dissertation.

Please use the “Dissertation Proposal Form” attached.

 

Format This activity must meet the following formatting requirements:

• Font size 12

• Double-spaced

• Word Limit: N/A

• Harvard Referencing System

Goal(s) • To evaluate students’ knowledge of the theory and practice of quantitative research methods.

• To evaluate the students on how to formulate, analyze, and present their research findings.

• To appraise students’ knowledge about research philosophies, and how to apply them effectively in their research;

• To evaluate how students choose the appropriate research designs/methods;

• To evaluate students’ understanding of the various ethical considerations while conducting and presenting their research.

Weight towards final grade

This activity has a weight of 60% towards the final grade.

Learning outcomes

• Understand: the different philosophies of research which act as a guide and filter to formulating appropriate research designs.

• Knowledge: acquire knowledge of the different research approaches; techniques and methods.

• Identify: which data collection method(s) best correlate to their research.

• Apply: research methods skills developed in this course will be applied to any research conducted by the student.

• Analyze and Evaluate: the results of their research findings as a basis and context for real world business decision making.

Assessment criteria

The grading rubric below will be used to evaluate students’ assignment.

 

Good luck!

 

 

 

Rubric: written assignment

Criteria Accomplished (A) Proficient (B) Partially proficient (C) Borderline (D) Fail (F)

Problem identification

The business issue has been correctly identified, with a competent and comprehensive explanation of key driving forces and considerations. Impact on company operations has been correctly identified. Thorough analysis of the issue is presented.

The student correctly identified the issue(s), taking into account a variety of environmental and contextual drivers. Key case information has been identified and analyzed.

The student correctly identified the case (issues), considering obvious environmental/contextual drivers. There is evidence of analysis, but it lacks depth.

The student correctly identified the issue(s) but analysis was weak. An absence of context – the work is basically descriptive with little analysis.

The student failed to correctly identify the issue(s); analysis was incorrect or too superficial to be of use; information was misinterpreted.

Information gathering

The student showed skill in gathering information and analyzing it for the purposes of filling the information gaps identified. Comprehensive and relevant.

Relevant information gaps were identified and additional relevant information was found to fill them. At least two different types of sources were used. The student demonstrates coherent criteria for selecting information but needs greater depth.

The student correctly identified at least one information gap and found relevant information, but which was limited in scope. Some evidence of sound criteria for selecting information but not consistent throughout. Needs expansion.

An information gap was identified and the student found additional information to fill it. However, this was limited in scope. Weak criteria for the selection of necessary information.

Information was taken at face value with no questioning of its relevance or value. Gaps in the information were not identified or were incorrect.

Conclusions The student evaluated, analyzed, synthesized all information provided to create a perceptive set of conclusions to support the decisions and solutions.

The student evaluated, analyzed and synthesized to create a conclusion(s) which support decisions and solutions.

The student reached conclusions, but they were limited and provided minimal direction for decision-making and solutions.

The conclusion was reasonable but lacked depth and would not be a basis for suitable strategy development.

The student formed a conclusion, but it was not reasonable. It was either unjustified, incorrect or unrelated to the case in hand.

Solutions The student used problem solving techniques to make thoughtful, justified decisions about difficult and conflicting issues. A realistic solution was chosen which would provide maximum benefit to the company. Alternative solutions were explored and ruled out.

The student used problem solving techniques to make appropriate decisions about complex issues. Relevant questions were asked and answered. A realistic solution was chosen. Alternatives were identified, explored and ruled out.

The student used problem- solving techniques to make appropriate decisions about simpler issues. The solution has limited benefit but does show understanding of implications of the decision. Alternatives were mentioned but not explored.

The student used problem solving techniques to make decisions about simpler issues but disregarded more complex issues. Implications of the decision were not considered. Alternatives were not offered.

The student formed a conclusion, but it was not reasonable. It was either unjustified, incorrect or unrelated to the case in hand.

 

 

 

Dissertation Proposal Form

 

Student Name:

Program:

 

I. Proposed Dissertation Title: The title (tentative) should be precise to allow the reader to comprehend the subject matter of the work.

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II. Research Question or Hypothesis: State clearly what your research interest is. Define your research question/hypothesis and the main objectives of your research (Min 300 words).

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III. Review of Literature/Background: Make a synthesis of the contributions made in your research field by accredited scholars. Describe how your intended research will complement and expand on the current literature, and what contributions you intend to make to the existing knowledge (Min 800 words).

Note: Should you opt for a Business Plan, then provide a full analysis of the business conditions.

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IV. Research Methodology: Clearly indicate the methods and techniques which you are planning to use to gather information and investigate the identified problem. (Min 800 words).

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V. Selected Bibliography: Please indicate a representative list of the main bibliographical sources you intend to utilize for your dissertation. Please provide full citations. (Min 20 sources)

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VI. Research and Writing Timeline: Indicate your expected research timetable: starting date, research time, data analysis time, writing time, editing time, date of first draft submission, expected defense time. You may use a Gantt chart. (Min 100 words.)

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VII. Ethics: How does your research relate to the ethical aspects of your subject matter? (Min 100 words.)

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