Developing a quantitative research proposal will require a thorough knowledge of all the information covered during this course as well as from previous research courses. This assignment is not intended to be a dissertation proposal; rather, the development of this proposal will provide practice with applying quantitative research skills before completing actual dissertation work.
The goal of a research proposal is to make an argument for studying a particular problem that has been identified and justified through the use of current supporting sources. NCU requires that the problem driving the research proposal in the dissertation stage be supported by sources that are no more than five years old. However, it is important, and far better, to justify the need for research with sources that are from within the current or previous year. Dissertations are meant to be current events–style research, building on what you know right now rather than what was known about the topic in the past. This is how scholars ensure they are adding to the current literature in the topic area by providing information that is relevant and necessary right now. With this in mind, your proposal should convince others that your study is current, worthwhile, and well planned out.
Review previously assigned Books and Resources as necessary to prepare for this week’s assignment, review the feedback from your professor on your Week 7 assignment submitted last week. This feedback must be incorporated into the Week 8 Signature Assignment in order to receive a passing grade. Your professor will be looking to see how you applied this feedback as a major part of your Week 8 grade.
Be sure to review this week’s resources carefully. You are expected to apply the information from these resources when you prepare your assignments.
This week, you will be completing a final research proposal for the course. The following components should be included within your quantitative research proposal:
- The statement of the problem, the purpose of the research, the research question(s), and hypotheses from the previous assignment showing evidence of the use of feedback from the previous assignment.
- A new two-page research methods section that explains the following components:
- Describe and justify the type of quantitative research design employed to address the research question.
- Describe the population and the sample participants for your study. Be sure to show clear evidence that you know the difference between populations and samples in research.
- Summarize how the data will be collected by naming and describing your proposed research instruments.
- Indicate how validity and reliability will be supported.
- Describe how the ethical treatment of the sample participants will be ensured, any additional ethical issues in need of consideration, and any limitations of the study.
Be sure to include only peer-reviewed primary source research articles.
Length: 4-5 pages, not including title and reference pages
References: Include a minimum of 5 peer-reviewed resources.
Your proposal should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.
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