Research Methods 2 Final Assignment Written assignment (Research Proposal) Activity brief BRM221 – Research Methods II Online campus Professor: Dr

Research Methods 2 Final Assignment

Written assignment (Research Proposal)
Activity brief

BRM221 – Research Methods II
Online campus

Professor: Dr. Hasan Evrim Arici | hasan_evrim.arici@euruni.edu

Description Research Proposal

The students will develop a research proposal for their future dissertation.

Please use the “Dissertation Proposal Form” attached.

Format This activity must meet the following
formatting requirements:

• Font size 12

• Double-spaced

• Word Limit: N/A

• Harvard Referencing System

Goal(s) • To evaluate students’ knowledge of the theory and practice of
quantitative research methods.

• To evaluate the students on how to formulate, analyze, and
present their research findings.

• To appraise students’ knowledge about research philosophies,
and how to apply them effectively in their research;

• To evaluate how students choose the appropriate research
designs/methods;

• To evaluate students’ understanding of the various ethical
considerations while conducting and presenting their research.

Due date Date: Monday, 20th September 2021

Time: 14.00h CEST

Weight towards
final grade

This activity has a weight of 60%
towards the final grade.

Learning
outcomes

• Understand: the different philosophies of research which act as a
guide and filter to formulating appropriate research designs.

• Knowledge: acquire knowledge of the different research
approaches; techniques and methods.

• Identify: which data collection method(s) best correlate to their
research.

• Apply: research methods skills developed in this course will be
applied to any research conducted by the student.

• Analyze and Evaluate: the results of their research findings as a
basis and context for real world business decision making.

Assessment
criteria

The grading rubric below will be used to
evaluate students’ assignment.

Good luck!

Rubric: written assignment

Criteria Accomplished (A) Proficient (B) Partially proficient (C) Borderline (D) Fail (F)

Problem
identification

The business issue has been
correctly identified, with a
competent and comprehensive
explanation of key driving
forces and considerations.
Impact on company operations
has been correctly identified.
Thorough analysis of the issue
is presented.

The student correctly identified
the issue(s), taking into account
a variety of environmental and
contextual drivers. Key case
information has been identified
and analyzed.

The student correctly identified
the case (issues), considering
obvious
environmental/contextual
drivers. There is evidence of
analysis, but it lacks depth.

The student correctly identified
the issue(s) but analysis was
weak. An absence of context –
the work is basically descriptive
with little analysis.

The student failed to correctly
identify the issue(s); analysis
was incorrect or too superficial
to be of use; information was
misinterpreted.

Information
gathering

The student showed skill in
gathering information and
analyzing it for the purposes of
filling the information gaps
identified. Comprehensive and
relevant.

Relevant information gaps were
identified and additional
relevant information was found
to fill them. At least two different
types of sources were used.
The student demonstrates
coherent criteria for selecting
information but needs greater
depth.

The student correctly identified
at least one information gap
and found relevant information,
but which was limited in scope.
Some evidence of sound
criteria for selecting information
but not consistent throughout.
Needs expansion.

An information gap was
identified and the student found
additional information to fill it.
However, this was limited in
scope. Weak criteria for the
selection of necessary
information.

Information was taken at face
value with no questioning of its
relevance or value. Gaps in the
information were not identified
or were incorrect.

Conclusions The student evaluated,
analyzed, synthesized all
information provided to create a
perceptive set of conclusions to
support the decisions and
solutions.

The student evaluated,
analyzed and synthesized to
create a conclusion(s) which
support decisions and
solutions.

The student reached
conclusions, but they were
limited and provided minimal
direction for decision-making
and solutions.

The conclusion was reasonable
but lacked depth and would not
be a basis for suitable strategy
development.

The student formed a
conclusion, but it was not
reasonable. It was either
unjustified, incorrect or
unrelated to the case in hand.

Solutions The student used problem
solving techniques to make
thoughtful, justified decisions
about difficult and conflicting
issues. A realistic solution was
chosen which would provide
maximum benefit to the
company. Alternative solutions
were explored and ruled out.

The student used problem
solving techniques to make
appropriate decisions about
complex issues. Relevant
questions were asked and
answered. A realistic solution
was chosen. Alternatives were
identified, explored and ruled
out.

The student used problem-
solving techniques to make
appropriate decisions about
simpler issues. The solution
has limited benefit but does
show understanding of
implications of the decision.
Alternatives were mentioned
but not explored.

The student used problem
solving techniques to make
decisions about simpler issues
but disregarded more complex
issues. Implications of the
decision were not considered.
Alternatives were not offered.

The student formed a
conclusion, but it was not
reasonable. It was either
unjustified, incorrect or
unrelated to the case in hand.

Dissertation Proposal Form

Student Name:

Program:

I. Proposed Dissertation Title: The title (tentative) should be precise to allow the reader to
comprehend the subject matter of the work.

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II. Research Question or Hypothesis: State clearly what your research interest is. Define your
research question/hypothesis and the main objectives of your research (Min 300 words).

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III. Review of Literature/Background: Make a synthesis of the contributions made in your
research field by accredited scholars. Describe how your intended research will complement and
expand on the current literature, and what contributions you intend to make to the existing knowledge
(Min 800 words).

Note: Should you opt for a Business Plan, then provide a full analysis of the business conditions.

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IV. Research Methodology: Clearly indicate the methods and techniques which you are planning
to use to gather information and investigate the identified problem. (Min 800 words).

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V. Selected Bibliography: Please indicate a representative list of the main bibliographical
sources you intend to utilize for your dissertation. Please provide full citations. (Min 20 sources)

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VI. Research and Writing Timeline: Indicate your expected research timetable: starting date,
research time, data analysis time, writing time, editing time, date of first draft submission, expected
defense time. You may use a Gantt chart. (Min 100 words.)

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VII. Ethics: How does your research relate to the ethical aspects of your subject matter? (Min
100 words.)

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