1200 word limit. Buncefield Fire Disaster: The Importance of Business Continuity Management In An Organization

| December 14, 2015

The topic of the research proposal is:
Buncefield Fire Disaster: The Importance of Business Continuity Management In An Organization
There is a 1200 word limit (maximum upper limit) for this assignment. Indicative weithings and possible word counts are indicated against each section. These are entirely indicative. Diagrams, tables, and references are not included in this word count.
Section 1 Title of the proposed investigation (2%) n/a for word count
The title of the proposed investigation should be clear, precise and accurate. Normally a short main title outlining the general area of the research should be followed by a subsidiary part of the title that includes more specific information.
Section 2 Key words (1%) n/a for word count
3-5 key-words are needed that identify the content of the proposed research. Ensure that the keywords reflect the conceptual issues and the contextual setting of the proposed study.
Section 3 Aims of the research (7%) about 50 words
Identify the purpose of the research and what questions/issues the research is attempting to address. Research aims need to be stated clearly and in the conventional format. Provide a sequence of statements (normally between 2-5) that provide an overview of what the research is trying to achieve. Conventionally, these statements take the form: ‘To explain…’, ‘To analyse…’, ‘To describe..’ etc.
Section 4 Background (25%) about 300 words
The background section needs to justify the proposal through a brief account of the practical problems and/or theoretical issues that the research will address. The statement should not attempt to provide a literature review, but should attempt to demonstrate the importance of the proposed investigation in relation to specific problems, theories, contexts etc. Refer to facts, reports and authors to signpost the nature of the research and its purpose. Reference to about five seminal pieces related to the topic the research topic should be sufficient at this stage.
Section 5 Research questions or hypotheses (10%) about 50 words
The proposal should specify the exact questions to be investigated. These need to be precise and succinct, and will tend to take the form of hypotheses, testable propositions or statements (normally between 2-5). These should specify exactly what ‘indicators’ are going to be ‘measured’ in order to address the broader issues identified in the Aims and Background sections.
Section 6 Research Design and Data collection (15%) about 350 words
The research strategy and data collection methods must be described briefly and precisely. This should include:
i) Design: a factual description of how the data are to be collected
• what research strategy is to be adopted? (e.g. survey, case study)
• what method(s)? (identify the methods and include technical names where appropriate – e.g. questionnaires ,semi-structured interviews, focus groups etc..)
ii) Data Collection: a factual description of what, when and where the data are to be
collected
• who is to be covered? (the population, sample, cases, examples)
• how many? (precise numbers)
• how and why will they be selected? (Sampling technique or respondent selection criteria. Rationale)
• when? (month and year, duration of research)
• where? (location, situation)
Section 7 Methodology Rationale (15%) about 300 words
This section needs to explain why the proposed methods have been chosen. The strategy and data collection methods need to be discussed and evaluated in terms of i) their suitability for the research questions, ii) their implications for the quality of the data iii) their benefits relative to alternative possible approaches to the investigation. The discussion could focus on issues such as:
• the need for depth or breadth of information required;
• the benefits of using qualitative or quantitative data given the research question(s);
• the implications of using case studies or sampling from a given population;
• the likely quality and validity of the data produced;
• the chances of respondents providing open and honest responses;
• the reliability of the methods (likely to produce the same findings if repeated).
Section 8 Resources and planning (7%) about 50 words
The feasibility of the proposed research needs to be considered in relation to the resources needed to undertake the enquiry. In the context of this assignment this requires that you provide the following:
• A discussion of access to data or respondents. Are you being overly optimistic about your ability to get the information you need?
• an estimate of the total number of researcher hours needed to complete the work (broken down into preparation, data collection, data analysis, and writing up);
• a list of any special costs involved (e.g. travel for data collection);
• a Gantt chart outlining the plan of work for completion of the research.
Section 9 Ethics (8%) about 100 words
The purpose of this section is to show how the proposed research will comply with the spirit and practice of research ethics and be sensitive to the political/legal context within which the research is to be conducted. The discussion of issues, therefore, needs to be applied to the proposed research (rather than consist of a listing of abstract principles). A relevant Code of Ethics needs to be identified and adopted. Issues might also include things like:
• confidentiality and anonymity;
• potential harm to those being researched, and relevant safeguards;
• potential harm to you as a researcher
• informed consent;
• authorization for access to people or data;
• data security.
Section 12 References (5%) n/a for word count
A suitable number of relevant sources need to be cited to support the discussion, and sources need to be referenced properly using the Harvard system. It is vital to include an appropriate number of methodology sources. As guidance, there might be about 5 references linked to the Background section and 5 references linked to the Methodology section.
Assessment criteria
The research proposal will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
• research aims have been clearly stated.
• key-words adequately reflect the content of the proposed research.
• background section shows the value of the research (theory/practice)
• research questions/hypotheses precisely identify the issues to be investigated.
• the research strategy and data collection methods have been described briefly and precisely.
• the strategy and data collection methods have been discussed in terms of their implications and justified with reference to alternative possibilities.
• the proposed investigation appears to be feasible within the given time and resource constraints.
• the proposal shows an awareness of the principles of research ethics and a sensitivity to the political/legal context within which the research is to be conducted.
• a suitable number of relevant sources have been used to support the discussion.
• sources have been cited and referenced properly using the Harvard system.

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