CSU MBA5652 Research Methods Unit 1-VIII


Unit I Research
Proposal Topic
Due 4/22

Select and present a
researchable topic for the research proposal in this course. Select a topic and
a problem statement for the topic that you have chosen for your research
proposal and are submitting for approval by the course professor. Identify a
very specific problem within the stated topic. Do not let that problem be too
broad (narrow it down to a specific problem that is researchable). Present that
problem in a general statement about the specific need for the study. Why is
the problem important enough to study? (Estimated length – one paragraph)

Unit II
Assignment
Due
4/29

Submit the following
components for the Research Proposal: (1) the Introduction, (2) the Problem
Statement (including any corrections), (3) the Rationale for the Research, (4)
Statement of the Research Objectives, (5) Hypothesis, (6) Definition of Terms,
and (7) a Summary. The estimated length of this part of the assignment is four
pages.

1. Introduction:
Introduce what the research proposal topic is about. (Estimated length – one
page)

2. Problem
Statement: Identify a very specific problem within the stated topic. Do not let
that problem be too broad. It should be narrowed down to a specific problem
that is researchable. Present that problem in a general thesis statement
stating why the problem is important enough to study. Include any corrections
or feedback you received from the Unit I Assignment. (Estimated length – one
paragraph)

3. Rationale for the
Research: Explain what the study intends to accomplish. What rationale was used
to determine the importance for this study? How does your study relate to
larger issues? Make a persuasive statement to justify the reason for the study.
Why is the study important? To whom is it important? What benefits will occur
if this particular study is done? (Estimated length – half a page)

4. Statement of the
Research Objectives: Identify the objectives and the purpose for the study.
Example: The purpose and the objectives for this study are to ….
Identify/understand/determine…. (Estimated length – half a page)

5. Hypothesis: A
hypothesis is really an educated guess. A hypothesis results when the questions
are transformed into statements that express the relationships between the
variables within the proposed study. It is sometimes referred to as an
“if/then” statement. (Estimated length – half a page)

6. Definition of
Terms: Define a minimum of five terms used throughout the proposal so that
readers can be sure to understand the meaning of the terminology used. An
example of a definition is: “For the purpose of this research, improvement is
operationally defined as post test score minus pretest score.” (Estimated
length – half a page)

7. Summary: Include
a restatement of the problem and a summary of the proposal. (Estimated length –
one paragraph)

Each part of this
assignment should be submitted in one document.

Unit III Research
Article Analysis
Due 5/6

For this assignment,
review at least five articles according to the following instructions:

• Evaluate at least
five or more research articles.

• Answer Questions 1
and 2 for all five articles.

• Answer two
questions from each of the remaining sections of the criteria questions for all
five sources (14 questions for a total of 16 questions per source).

• Include an APA
references list for all five (or more) sources.

Responses to all
questions should be given using complete sentences.

(For the Unit IV
Assignment you will be asked to put the information from the articles you
evaluated in this assignment into a literature review.)

Unit IV
Literature Review
DUE 5/13

For the Unit IV
assignment, students are to complete the literature review for the Research
Proposal. A minimum of five relevant references are to be analyzed for the
Literature Review. The references used are to be cited in the Literature Review
of the Research Proposal. They are also to be included in the references page
and in APA format.

Review of the
Relevant Literature/Related Research/Literature Review: Provide a minimum of
five research studies that address the same topic chosen for the proposal.

• What are the
similar areas of study or studies that lead up to the current research?
Identify the importance of the questions being asked.

• Report on the
current status of the topic.

• Analyze the
relationship between the literature reviewed and the problem statement.

Include a summary,
along with a restatement of the relationships between the variables under
consideration and how these relationships are important to the proposed
hypothesis. (Estimated length – two to three pages)

The following attachments
include useful information for composing a Literature Review. These attachments
should be used as a guide for a Literature Review and NOT as a reference for
APA.

How to Write a
Literature Review

How to Write a
Literature Review Part II (NOTE: The example lists one reference; however, all
sources should be referenced in your Literature Review. See the Example
Literature Review below.)

Unit V Assignment
Due 5/20

For the Unit V
Assignment, complete the following areas of the Methods section for the
Research Proposal:

1. Method,
Participants, Research Design, Instrumentation, and Data Collection Plans.
(Estimated length – two pages)

• Method/Research
Procedure/Methodology: Determine the method of research for the proposal.
Examples could be: qualitative, quantitative, and case study.

NOTE: Be sure that you write in future tense for the
proposal.
(Estimated
length – two paragraphs)

• Participants:
Provide specific identification for the proposed participants for the study.
Include a description, the possible number within the population, the proposed
location, and the selection procedure. Be specific when identifying the
selection process. Then identify how a representative sample will be drawn from
the population. (Estimated length – half a page)

• Research Design:
Determine how to conduct the data collection and the proposed analysis.
(Estimated length – half a page)

• Instrumentation
and Data Collection Plans: State the sources and/or instrument(s) proposed to
be used to record the data (surveys, interview protocols). Identify the
procedure. For a mailed survey, identify steps to be taken in administering and
following up the survey to obtain a high response rate. Determine how to
specifically conduct the research based on the proposed sample. (Estimated
length – half a page)

2. Proposed Analysis
of the Data. (Estimated length – one to two pages)

Identify what results
are expected from the sample. Identify how the categories of responses will be
determined and analyzed. Address specifically what the proposed results could
infer back to the population. Answer the following questions:

• What variables
will be included in the analyses?

• Identify the
dependent and independent variables if such a relationship exists.

• What is the
decision making criteria (e.g., the critical alpha level)?

• Will computer
software be used in the analysis? If so, identify what will be used.

• Explain how to
assess the validity of the measurement.

• Explain how to
measure the reliability of the variables.

Unit VI
Implications and Limitations
Due May 27

Identify and label a
minimum of two (2) implications and a minimum of two (2) limitations for the
proposed study. At a minimum, answer the following questions:

• What implications
and limitations are being made regarding the proposed sample and how it
represents the proposed population?

• What implications
are you making regarding the instrument’s validity and its ability to measure
the desired variables?

• What implications
are being made in having respondents truthfully answer a survey, questionnaire,
or interview questions?

• Identify the
limitations of the research proposal, such as the limited population for the
study.

(Estimated length –
one page)

Unit VII
Appendices and References
Due 6/3

Create and submit
the Time Schedule for the proposed research and resources needed, as well as
additional personnel, budget details, the consent forms, and the questions used
for the surveys/questionnaires/interviews. The questions and possible responses
must support the research objectives and the hypothesis. (Estimated length –
five pages)

• Time Schedule/Time
Line: Propose how long the research process could take (hypothetically).
Remember that a proposal stops at the proposal stage and that there is no
actual research conducted by you. You are to propose what you will do and when
to carry out the study. (Estimated length – two paragraphs)

• Resources Needed:
List and explain all proposed resources (e.g., computers, programs, surveys,
etc.). (Estimated length – two paragraphs)

• Personnel: List
the categories or types of assistance needed from others (not the participants)
to conduct the proposed research. (Estimated length – one paragraph)

• Budget: List all
expenses proposed to incur during the research. Include all details for the
proposed budget, and then add them up for a total proposed budget. (Estimated
length – half a page)

• Needed
Assurances/Clearances: Include the proposed releases needed for tests, surveys,
or other instruments that may be used to conduct the research. Research
involving humans require consent forms. Create and include the voluntary
consent form for participant permission. (Estimated length – one page)


Surveys/Questionnaires/Interviews: Create and include the list of questions
proposed to be asked for the research. Make sure the questions pertain to and
support the problem statement, the objectives of the study, and the hypothesis.
Include the possible answers when using a multiple-choice or Likert format.
(Estimated length – one to two pages)

• References: List a
minimum of five references used for the Literature Review of this Research
Proposal. Follow APA guidelines regarding use of references in text and in the
references page. Only references cited in the text are to be included in the references
page. (Estimated length – one page)

Research Proposal

The complete
proposal should have the following 21 content areas as subheadings:

1. Introduction

2. Problem Statement

3. Rationale for the
Research

4. Statement of the
Research Objectives

5. Hypothesis

6. Definition of
Terms

7. Summary

8. Literature Review

9. Methodology

10. Participants

11. Research Design

12. Instrumentation
and Data Collection Plans

13. Proposed
Analysis of the Data

14. Implications and
Limitations

15. Time Schedule

16. Personnel

17. Budget

18. Resources

19. Needed
Assurance/Clearances

20. Questions for
Surveys/Questionnaires/Interviews

21. References

Your Research
Proposal should be at least 10 pages in length (excluding the title page and the
references page). Incorporate corrections made to each of the individual
assignments in Units I-VII. Follow APA guidelines.

Be sure to use the
guidelines in Chapter 14 of the textbook to help with formatting (pages
269-288). (Pay attention to page breaks and headings.)

Introduction:The
student will need to introduce what the research proposal topic is about. See
page 271 of your textbook. (Estimated length – one page)

Problem
Statement:
You need to identify a very specific problem within the stated
topic. Do not let that problem be too broad. It should be narrowed down to a
specific problem that is researchable. Present that problem in a general thesis
statement stating why the problem is important enough to study. (Estimated
length – one paragraph)

Rationale for
the Research:
You will need to explain what the study intends to
accomplish. What rationale was used to determine the importance for this study?
How does your study relate to larger issues? Make a persuasive statement to
justify the reason for the study. Why is the study important? To whom is it
important? What benefits will occur if this particular study is done?
(Estimated length – half a page)

Statement of
the Research Objectives:
Identify the objectives and the purpose for the
study. Example: The purpose and the objectives for this study are to ….
Identify/understand/determine…. (Estimated length – half a page)

Hypothesis:A
hypothesis is really an educated guess. A hypothesis results when the questions
are transformed into statements that express the relationships between the
variables within the proposed study. It is sometimes referred to as an
“if/then” statement. See page 7 of your textbook. (Estimated length – half a
page)

Definition of
Terms:
Define a minimum of five terms used throughout the proposal so that
readers can be sure to understand the meaning of the terminology used. An
example of a definition is: “For the purpose of this research, improvement is
operationally defined as post test score minus pretest score.” (Estimated
length – half a page)

Summary:Include
a restatement of the problem and a summary of the proposal. (Estimated length –
one paragraph)

Review of the
Relevant Literature/Related Research/Literature Review:
Provide a minimum
of five research studies that address the same topic chosen for the proposal.

o
What are the similar areas of
study or studies that lead up to the current research? Identify the importance
of the questions being asked.

o
Report on the current status
of the topic.

o
Analyze the relationship
between the literature reviewed and the problem statement.

Include a summary,
along with a restatement of the relationships between the variables under
consideration and how these relationships are important to the proposed
hypothesis. (Estimated length – two to three pages)

Method/Research
Procedure/Methodology:
Determine the method of research for the proposal.
Examples could be: qualitative, quantitative, and case study. See page 271 of
your textbook. (Estimated length – two paragraphs)

Participants:Provide
specific identification for the proposed participants for the study. Include a
description, the possible number within the population, the proposed location,
and the selection procedure. Be specific when identifying the selection
process. Then identify how a representative sample will be drawn from the
population. (Refer to Chapter 4, pages 89-102, for examples.) (Estimated length
– half a page)

Research
Design:
Determine how to conduct the data collection and the proposed
analysis. See page 15 of your textbook. (Estimated length – half a page)

Instrumentation
and Data Collection Plans:
State the sources and/or instrument(s) proposed
to be used to record the data (surveys, interview protocols). Identify the
procedure. For a mailed survey, identify steps to be taken in administering and
following up the survey to obtain a high response rate. Determine how to
specifically conduct the research based on the proposed sample. See page 149 of
the textbook. (Estimated length – half a page)

Proposed
Analysis of the Data:
Identify what results are expected from the sample.
Identify how the categories of responses will be determined and analyzed.
Address specifically what the proposed results could infer back to the
population. Answer the following questions: