Assessment 1 (a): Research Proposal Brief
1. Project Title: This is a brief descriptive summary of the proposed research topic. For ideas on how a project title should look, look at articles in Project Management journals such as the International Journal of Project Management < 20 words
2. Research Overview and Justification: This is a brief summary of the research topic that describes the topic and why it is important for a research study to be conducted to investigate the topic. (150 words)
3. Condensed Literature Review (at least three research-based sources). Discuss the objectives, methodologies, and findings of relevant previous research that provides a background for your research topic. The aim is to provide a critique of existing work and identify gaps in knowledge and/or methodological weaknesses in existing research. (250-300 words)
4. Research Objectives, Research question, and Sub-questions. Linking back to sections (2) and (3), present and justify the question that your research project will be designed to answer. (150-200 words)
5. Methodology (which type- Comparative, Descriptive, Action, Ethnographic,, Explanatory, Exploratory). Think about how you would answer your research question (e.g., by reviewing trends in national/international statistics, by conducting a survey of consumers, by undertaking interviews with employers) and start to consider any advantages, disadvantages, materials needed or practical limitations of the methodology. This section is the most likely to change as you progress through the unit and learn about alternative ways of answering your research question. Remember, this is hypothetical. You do not have to actually be able to carry out the study, but you need to think about what you would need to carry out a study to answer your research question. (150-200 words)
6. Significance of the research of the project. This is a final summary of all of the sections above ending with a statement of why it is important to conduct the research using the methodology proposed. (100-150 words)
8. References and Resources: provide references to at least three research studies, government reports and/or industry reports using Harvard Referencing. Please note, websites are not acceptable resources for the purpose of the assignment.
Assessment 1: Part B Research Proposal
Guideline for Preparing the Assignment
1. Abstract / Overview of the project. Point out the importance of the project, why it is being conducted, what the results are expected to show, and the significance of the findings. (~300 words, not included in word count, write it at the end)
2. With reference to evidence, describe the research objectives. (~700 words)
3. Critically evaluate evidence. Describe and evaluate the evidence concerning the research topic. The aim is to provide a critique of existing work and identify gaps in knowledge and/or methodological weaknesses in existing research. You have limited space, and so are not expected to provide a comprehensive critique, but to evaluate a small number of appropriate, recent, peer-reviewed studies to demonstrate your skills in identifying and evaluating appropriate evidence. (1000 words)
4. Identify and justify an area that requires further research. Based on your critical review, identify and justify an area that requires further research. (~300 words).
5. Pose a research question or a research hypothesis. This will be closely related to the content of your section on further research. The principal variables or issues being examined should be identified (~200 words).
6. Describe a hypothetical research study to answer the research question/test the research hypothesis. Remember, this is hypothetical. You do not have to actually be able to carry out the study, but you need to think about what you would need to carry out a study to answer your research question / test your hypothesis. (~1800 words in total, with sections as noted below).
a. Design / Methodology. This section includes details of the research methodology to be used. Will this be a randomized controlled trial? A quasi-experimental design? A cross-sectional survey? A longitudinal design? A qualitative research study using focus groups? A qualitative research study using semi-structured interviews? A combination of these or something else entirely? In this section, the aim is to accurately describe the characteristics of a research design/methodology that is capable of answering the research question / testing the hypothesis posed. (~500 words).
b. Details of participants. How many people will participate? What are their characteristics? Any inclusion / exclusion criteria? How will the sample be recruited? Identify the sampling method. (~300 words).
c. Description of materials/measures. This may include tests, surveys, questions to be used in a semi-structured interview, or many other things. The measures need to be consistent with the methodology described at 6(a). (~500 words).
d. Data Analysis. Describe the proposed analysis strategy briefly. (~250 words).
e. Ethical issues. This section describes the ethical issues that need to be considered in the research. For example, how you would ensure that participation is voluntary and that people who participate provide informed consent? (~250 words).
f. Reference list. (not included in the word count)
When preparing your research proposal please keep in mind that you are being assessed as a level 9 AQF student. This means that your report must:
(a) Follow the accepted conventions for writing academic reports in terms of writing style and referencing;
(b) Demonstrate your ability to critically review the evidence and draw conclusions based on your evaluation.
Assessment 2: Feasibility Analysis Report
1. Project Title (from Research Project Brief)
2. Describe the role of the Industry Representative / Consultant and their years working in the industry (do not identify the person by name) (50 words)
2. Summary of the questions presented to the Industry Representative / Consultant based on the activity in Week 4 class, for example: (150 words)
* “Please comment on the importance of this research topic for the industry?”
* “Please comment on how convincing you found the justification for the research?”
* “Please comment on the feasibility of the proposed methodology for answering the research question?”
* “Do you think the findings of a study like this can have industry applications?”
3. Summary of Feedback / Recommendations from Industry Representative / Consultant organized by questions from Part 2 above (250-400 words)
4. Your reflection on the Feedback / Recommendations from Part 3 above. How might you need to modify your Research Proposal to improve it in the areas of: (250-400 words)
* Justifying the topic and question?
* Importance to Industry?