RESEARCH PROPOSAL a. Research Proposal 1000 words 20% The central theme of the research proposal must be appropriate to your course of study and final year pathway if you have one. For example students studying small business development may choose a research problem relevant to small businesses. Those on the BIS pathway next year may choose a topic relevant to business IS, and so on. The proposal must be a planning document outlining the study to be conducted during the semester. It will include: Introduction â€¢A clear definition of the research problem Research aims and objectives List of research questions to be answered Background to the study Theory â€¢ Identify the subject area the study relates to within business and management. Identify one theory with reference that relates to the topic of the research proposal. Methodology â€¢ Outline the proposed research strategy and research methods to be used. What primary and secondary data would you like to collect and how would you like to collect it? Are there any ethical issues around the data collection and storage to consider? Project Plan â€¢ Provide a table listing the tasks required to complete the portfolio and the timescales for each. List also any resources needed. Reference list Structure for the Research Proposal Introduction 1. Write the title of the research 2. Write a brief discussion of the background to the research 3. Describe the problem situation that you want to investigate 4. Write three research questions that you want to find answers to. 5. Write the objectives of the study 6. Why do you think this study is important? Theory 7. Identify the subject areas the study comes from and identify one theory that underpins it. Discuss the theoretical framework (hypotheses/proposition) that you will use to guide the study? Provide reasons why you want to use this framework. Methodology 8. Write a brief outline of the research methods that you hope to use to help you conduct the study; Give your reasons why you want to use these methods 9. Briefly explain the data collection techniques you want to use; give your reasons for choosing these techniques. What primary and secondary data are you hoping to collect? 10. Are there any ethical issues and how do you hope to address them? 11. Briefly explain the data analysis techniques you want to use; give your reasons. Will your data be mainly qualitative or quantitative? 12. Briefly comment on the contributions this study hopes to make. Project Plan 13. Provide a table that shows resources, timescales, and tasks to be carried out to complete the study. [Hint: You may use MS Excel or MS Project]. 14 .Reference list
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