Checklist for the Final Research Design (your document need not be formatted like this)
Overview of the Topic
Motivation / Justification for the Research
If the research is primarily applied, supply a discussion of the business situation or context
If the research is primarily academic, supply a discussion of the academic context and how your new knowledge would contribute.
If the research has elements of both applied and scholarly research -- all of the above.
Update to the Literature Review and Secondary Research.
Statement of the Research Purpose, or "Research Problem". (This is very important.)
Statement of the Research Question(s)
There will be at least one single overall research question, and sometimes more. (See Ch. 6 Creswell).
There will then be more questions that are more specific. Some authors refer to these as "investigative questions", while some other research books use the term "research objectives"
Whatever term you use, these are your specific informational needs
These are the points that lead directly to your data specifications and your hypotheses
Discussion of Methodology
Information gathering technique(s)
If secondary research is involved, what sources
If qualitative research, what type
If survey, what kind
If multiple stages, how do they connect
Target respondent group(s)
Sampling frame and specific method of drawing sample
Full questionnaire in final form
These are important. (Sometimes referred to as “alternative hypotheses”.) What you expect to find versus what you would find if the hypotheses were not true -- the “null hypotheses”. Note that the use of this terminology varies somewhat from one disciplinary area to another.
Anticipated Usefulness of Results
Applied Research (if appropriate): Expected types of actionable findings & recommendations. Business decisions or strategies to be enabled by the findings
Academic Research: Expected findings and the resulting contribution to knowledge. Usefulness in the business world
Length: five to eight pages.
Grading weight: 5%
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