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This is a brief introduction to writing a research proposal for a project or dissertation

This is a brief introduction to writing a research proposal for a project or dissertation

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  • Writing a research proposal
    Orna Farrell
    orna.farrell@dbs.ie
  • Discussion questions
    What is a research proposal?
    What are the main elements in a research proposal?
    What is your research topic?
  • What is a research proposal?
    “Good research proposals both give an overview of the project and a well informed discussion of the nuts and bolts of the proposed research” (Burnett 2009)
    Connects with current literature
    Well though out, viable and timely
    Aware of strengths and limitations of your proposed approach
    Ethics
  • Important components
    Research question
    Argument: why the research is important and worthwhile
    Philosophical stance, e.g.. Positivist, feminist..
    Methodological approach which is reliable, valid & viable
    Reasons for choice of methods
    Ethical issues
    Secondary reading: literature review
  • Research Proposal Headings
    Title page & table of contents
    Title
    Aims & Objectives
    Introduction to the research topic
    Literature review
    Research design
    Ethical considerations
    Conclusions and recommendations
    Bibliography
  • Research proposal headings
    Title: should reflect the well defined aims of the research. Should be concrete
    Ex 1.
    “Why are all the managers white at Moon Bank Inc?”
    Is this a good title for a research proposal?
  • aims & objectives
    Here the researcher talks about the purpose of the research
    Aims: general
    Objectives: specific
    example aim: To evaluate the formal and informal processes of promotion within Moon Bank.
    example objective: Do all candidates have an equal chance of finding out about forthcoming promotion opportunities?
  • Introduction to Research topic
    Explain:
    What the research topic is?
    Why have you chosen it?
    Why is the topic important?
  • Research Design
    Research methods used:
    Is it qualitative or quantitative?
    How will data be collected and analysed?
    Why have you chosen particular methods?
    What are the advantages and limitations of the research methods used?
    How are you positioned in the research as the researcher
  • Ethical Considerations
    How will you go about gaining your participants consent?
    How will participants confidentiality and anonymity be maintained?
    What will you do with the data you collect, including personal details?
    How will your participants have access to the results of your research?
  • Conclusions & recommendations
    Identify some the potential of the project including theoretical, methodological, policy and other issues
  • References
    Burnett, J. (2009) Doing your social science dissertation. London: Sage.
    McMillan, K. &Weyers, J. (2009) How to write dissertations and project reports. Pearson Prentice Hall.