You must provide a bibliography and a word count at the end of your work. The bibliography is not included in the word count.
This assessment will require you to propose an independent, small scale research project by using appropriate research approach, strategy, methodology and techniques that make up formal research.
In order to achieve module learning outcomes and assessment criteria, you need to select a topic area for an investigative primary research project. You are given freedom to select an area that interests you. The research itself is dependent on you, the context of your area of learning, your focus of interest and the anticipated outcomes.
You may draw together a range of other areas of content within the programme of study to form a holistic piece of work that makes a positive contribution to your area of interest. However, it is expected that your project will be work focused and you will demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and application of aspects of Project Management, while addressing a “live” issue.
Task 1 of 1 – Research Project Proposal (All LOs)
In this task, you will need to produce a research project proposal in which you:
a. Introduce the business problem or opportunity with supporting data and trends.
b. Clearly explain the background to the business problem or opportunity, and justify the reasons for, and the value of the research to your employer and the wider academic community.
c. Outline the research project’s aims and objectives.
d. State the limitations and scope of the proposed research.
2. Literature Review
a. Critically review key literature and recent academic publications around the subject area discussing key definitions, current theoretical frameworks, and research carried out in similar business areas.
b. Develop a conceptual and theoretical framework for the research from the literature review explaining how and why it supports and informs your approach the research process.
3. Research Methodology
a. Explain and justify your research approach and strategy. b. Data collection:
• Discuss data collection methods.
• Select the instrument, design it and justify an appropriate method with an outline of
a pre-test/pilot to be included as an appendix.
• Clearly outline the administration of the data collection process.
c. Population and Sampling: Define the research population, sampling strategy and clarify access to respondent issues.
d. Data Analysis: Describe and justify how you propose to analyse and report the results and findings of your research with a discussion about reliability and validity and the management error.
4. Statement of Ethics
a. Discuss access to respondent issues, permissions from organisation to conduct research, confidentiality, rights of withdrawal, consent, management of data security etc.
a. Develop a plan using Gantt chart from start to completion of the research.
Delivery and Submission
A completed research proposal (circa 2500 words excluding relevant appendices) with an extended reference list of at least twenty academic, journals and industry sources to be included at the end of the work.
• Each section must reflect any supporting Harvard style citations.
• A comprehensive Harvard style bibliography (not a reference list) Evidence to be submitted: 2500-word research proposal.