Research Proposal Assignment
Here is a general outline of the research paper and the
presentation (specific details are spelled out below):
• Two parts
paper (125 points)
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presentation (25 points)
research question, theoretical background (literature review),
hypotheses, data, method(s) and proposed findings and conclusions.
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will provide you with an example later in the semester
BUILDING YOUR PAPER
Summarize in maximum 200 words the main idea of your
paper. Remember to mention the
significance of your topic, a statement of the problem and objectives, a brief
summary of employed methods or your research approach and the most important
– A self-contained piece of writing that can be understood
independently from the essay or project
Approx. 1 to 2 pages
B. Why is it important? What do we know? What don’t we know?
What we will do (remember to mention your research question)?
– remember to state why is it important not only say it is
– clearly state what you are going to do
C. You can also include a breakdown of the “flow” of the
III. Brief literature review
Approx. 3 to 5 pages
cite at least 10 academic, peer-reviewed sources
Sources must directly relate to research question
2. Good idea to have subsections that focus on your
dependent variable, key independent variable(s) and control variables, previous
research answering the relationship between DV and IVs
3. End by mentioning your hypothesis (ses)
Questions/ issues to address
Demonstrate a more in-depth understanding of your topic
Provide a theoretical justification for your hypotheses/ expected findings
For quantitative method, state your hypotheses
4. For qualitative method, state the questions you are
seeking to address (different from research question)
IV. Data and Methods
Approx. 3 to 5 pages
B. Two parts
Sample characteristics/ how you will
Design: Cross-sectional, longitudinal, inductive, deductive
c. Method: Experiment, Quasi-experiment, Field experiment,
What are your concepts?
How are you operationalizing them?
Planned analyses (regression, cross tabs,
tables, correlations, etc).
Qualitative method (2.5 pp.)
Sample characteristics/ how you will recruit
c. Method: Unobtrusive observation, Participant observation,
What are you looking for?
What questions are you using to “get at” your topic?
V. Findings/ Discussion/ Conclusion
Approx 1-2 pp.
Discuss your potential findings. Remember to relate findings to your hypothesis
C. Talk more in-depth about what you think your research
about potential limitations/ new questions your research raises