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Writing A Research Proposal

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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

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