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03 research project-outline_621

  1. 1. Final Class Project
  2. 2. Final Project <ul><li>Original research study </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot study OK </li></ul>
  3. 3. Sections <ul><li>Introduction (1-2) </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant literature (4-6) </li></ul><ul><li>Research question(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Methodology (1-2) </li></ul><ul><li>Results (as needed) </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion (1-2) </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion (1) </li></ul><ul><li>Abstract (write last, place first) </li></ul><ul><li>Appendix (research instruments; Reflection) </li></ul>( estimated number of pages)
  4. 4. 1. Introduction <ul><li>Present the problem your study addresses </li></ul><ul><li>Explain the relevance /importance of the problem </li></ul><ul><li>State the purpose of the research </li></ul><ul><li>Preview the main sections of the paper </li></ul><ul><li>Transition to Literature Review </li></ul>
  5. 5. 2. Relevant Literature <ul><li>Conceptual framework , theories and concepts you use in your study </li></ul><ul><li>Related research on/around your topic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stepping stone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hole </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Makes an argument for the need for your research </li></ul><ul><li>Ends with Research Question(s) </li></ul>
  6. 6. 3. Research Question(s) <ul><li>List your research question(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Write specific research questions </li></ul>What technologies are organizations currently using to support coordination and awareness with other organizations?
  7. 7. 4. Methods <ul><li>Data collection procedure - justify your choice of; explain it in detail (cite sources) </li></ul><ul><li>Sampling procedure (cite sources) </li></ul><ul><li>Data analysis procedure(s)* </li></ul>
  8. 8. 5. Results <ul><li>Describe your sample (respondents - number, demographics) </li></ul><ul><li>Describe the data you collected </li></ul><ul><li>Explain the data analysis procedure (cite sources)* </li></ul><ul><li>Present your results </li></ul>
  9. 9. 6. Discussion <ul><li>Interpret the meaning/significance of the results </li></ul><ul><li>Practical and/or theoretical relevance: Who should care and why? </li></ul><ul><li>So, what? </li></ul>
  10. 10. 7. Conclusion <ul><li>Briefly summarize the purpose of the study </li></ul><ul><li>Briefly summarize the methods </li></ul><ul><li>Briefly summarize the main finding(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss limitations of the study </li></ul><ul><li>Make suggestions for future research </li></ul>
  11. 11. 8. Abstract <ul><li>ONE paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>Summarize the purpose of the study, the methods the main findings, and significance = 1 st para of conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Place first, on separate page, after title page </li></ul>
  12. 12. 9. Appendix <ul><li>Research instrument(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul>
  13. 13. Style guidelines <ul><li>Use a writing and citation style (APA, ACM, IEEE, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Write as a completed paper: Use the present and past tense, avoid using the future tense (examples: Previews, Results). </li></ul><ul><li>OK to use first person. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Deadlines <ul><li>Topic & RQs: Sept 29 </li></ul><ul><li>Research plan: Oct 13 </li></ul><ul><li>Literature review: Oct 27 </li></ul><ul><li>Draft: Dec 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation: Dec 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Final: Dec 12 </li></ul>

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