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Assignment skills: Research Proposals

Assignment Skills subject guide

Quick tips

Tips for developing your research proposal:

1.  Define your project

2.  Decide a methodology

3.  Choose your research methods

4.  Conduct background research

5.  Conduct research using your chosen methods

6.  Write proposal using research proposal format

Reference:  Dawson, C., 2006, A Practical Guide to Research Methods:A user-friendly manual for mastering research techniques and projects, 2nd ed. How to Books Ltd, Oxford

Books in the library

Deciding your research topic, aims & objectives

What is qualitative research?

A research technique used to uncover motivations and emotions rather than analyse purely numeric data.

Qualitative research techniques include surveys, interviews, observation, focus groups and case studies.

A smaller sample size can be used to verify quantitative research.

What is quantitative research?

A research technique used to generate statistics through large scale data collection, such as surveys.

The contact with people is quick and usually involves the completion of a questionnaire or a short structured interview.

Reference:  Dawson, C. 2006. A Practical Guide to Research Methods: A user-friendly manual for mastering research techniques and projects, 2nd ed., How to Books Ltd, Oxford

 

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