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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.