What I require is as follows:
To select a research project proposal on anything that requires some research. Such as Conflict Resolution Management. Then I need to write a 1500 word proposal. After the proposal is done, I will submit a new assignment to write the research paper of 5500 words. But that will be later., so first is the proposal.
Please find attached files to read as well as sample proposals and sample topics of research that have been done in the past.
How to Structure the Project Proposal
Your Project Proposal must cover all the items explained below. The length of the Project Proposal is 1,500 words (plus or minus 10%).
Please note that you must follow all the usual rules detailed in the AIB Style Guide including guidelines regarding citing and referencing.
An example of a Project Proposal is attached in Appendix F. You may wish to refer to the example as you work through the materials. It is highly recommended that you do so.
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7.1 Sections of the Project Proposal
The Project Proposal should be written in report format. The key sections of the Project Proposal are similar to the standard report sections (as detailed in the AIB Style Guide). All main Project Proposal sections and sub-sections are numbered. Specific sections customised to the context of the Project Proposal are:
7.2 Content within each Project Proposal section
State your proposed Project topic title. It should be descriptive of the focus and concise. Refer to Appendix A for examples of Project titles used by previous MBA students. Please include: word count, student name, student number, subject title and AQF level.
This section of the Project Proposal has two parts:
Provide brief background information about the organisation that is the site of your research.
Project research problem
Establish the need for your study by describing the problem addressed by your Project and any related issues in the area that you intend to research.
Focus for the study
This section has three parts: of research Project
Provide a clear and succinct statement of the purpose of your research.
List your research questions. Your research questions (usually â€˜whatâ€™, â€˜howâ€™, â€˜whyâ€™ or â€˜what ifâ€™) should number about 4â€“6 so that the focus of your study is manageable. These research questions should not be so broad that they will demand too many resources, nor should they be so narrow as to be of insufficient substance. Also, they should not be too controversial because of sensitivities that may be aroused as a result of doing the research. Refer to the â€˜Goldilocks testâ€™ referred to in the above section entitled â€˜How to Choose a Projectâ€™. The purpose of your study is to discover the answers to these research questions. Consider carefully what research questions you will ask, as these research questions will drive your data collection and analysis.
Significance of the Project
Indicate the outcomes you hope to achieve for policy and/or practice in your organisation from this research.
Project related literature summary
This section has two parts:
MBA discipline area of this Project
Because the Project should cover a subject area of your degree studies, the connection to the background of your degree studies must first be explained. For example, if you are researching advertising, explain how it is part of the promotion mix. If you are doing research on recruiting in a firm, explain how recruiting fits into the complete Human Resource Management (HRM) function. As indicated above, please note, if you are undertaking your MBA in an area of specialisation, the Project must be on a topic within that specialisation.
Review of some literature related to this Project
Next, indicate your initial understanding of the Project topic based on a review of the literature. Your review does not have to be extensive for the Proposal; however, you should have done an initial survey of the literature to establish your directions.
Planned research methodology
This section has two parts:
Describe the research methodology you plan to use, and why it is the most suitable for answering your particular research questions. This could, for example, be the case research method or the action research method.
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In order to answer the research questions you will need to collect data. Describe here the secondary data sources you will use. Are there specific published materials that can be used to provide some background and form the foundations of your research? There may be government, trade, industry or workplace resources you can access.
Also, explain the primary data you plan to obtain and the data collection methods you will employ such as observation, surveys, interviews and focus groups. What questions will you be asking and which people or organisations will you involve?
This section can be quite short if the risk profile of the Project is â€˜no riskâ€™ or â€˜low riskâ€™. The section has three or four parts (depending on the risk category of the Project):
Demonstrate your understanding that you are required to comply with Australiaâ€™s national guidelines about ethical conduct of research. You could do this by referring to these learning materials and/or to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. See: https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/book/national-statement-ethical-conduct-human-research.
Address standard ethics issues
Mention the standard ethics issues relating to research Projects (confidentiality, privacy, basic rights of participants) and what you are doing to manage these issues. You need to explain that, in order to ensure ethical research conduct, you will:
ï‚· obtain consent from all participants
ï‚· respect any additional requests for privacy and confidentiality identified by individual participants
ï‚· store information securely
ï‚· de-identify the source of specific pieces of information in the final report.
Address additional ethics issues (where relevant)
Identify the additional ethics issues specifically relating to your particular Project. Especially if your Project falls in the â€˜low riskâ€™ (rather than the â€˜noâ€™ or â€˜negligible riskâ€™) category, you must highlight the fact that you are aware of the potential for discomfort among your participants. You will have to also explain what you are doing to minimise discomfort. For instance, you may want to enable participants to opt out of the research, to not answer questions, to leave the room or to stop their participation at any time. Also, you may plan to draft your interview questions carefully so that you show sensitivity to the participants in order to minimise discomfort.
Use of consent forms
Mention that you have obtained consent from the organisation to undertake the Project and append the signed consent form with the Project Proposal. Explain that you will be arranging for each interviewee or respondent to sign the Research Consent Forms (as provided in Appendix C) and that you will include those forms as an appendix to your Project Report.
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Schedule for completion
Identify the tasks involved in the Project and the stages/times for their completion. It is useful to include a schedule or Gantt chart which shows the planned research activities and timelines. Label your chart and provide a title for the diagram (e.g. â€˜Figure 1 â€“ Timeline for Project completionâ€™).
List references that you have consulted thus far, and that you have cited in the text of the Project Proposal. Refer to your AIB Style Guide to ensure you have referenced correctly.
Use appendices to display documents that are relevant to your Project Proposal, but would interrupt the flow of your Project Proposal if they were included in the main text. You may include, for example, explanatory information about the background of your study, pilot study material, or questions for interviews.
7.3 Use of Project Proposal Feedback Form
It is very important for you to remember that your Project Proposal must be evaluated and approved by AIB before you can proceed to undertake the research required for the Project and write up your Project Report.
AIB assessors will use the Project Proposal Feedback Form (which is reproduced in Appendix C) to determine whether your Project Proposal can be approved or not approved.
This feedback form includes a checklist covering the key sections of structure of the Project Proposal as detailed above. In addition, the checklist highlights the importance of three additional things that you must take into account, namely:
ï‚· AIB Style Guide â€“ ensure that you carefully review the AIB Style Guide and follow all the conventions (e.g. margin, fonts, line spacing). In particular, ensure that you use the correct quoting and referencing method otherwise you may be found guilty of plagiarism which carries strict penalties.
ï‚· Spelling and grammar â€“ ensure that you have used correct spelling and grammar in your Project Proposal by proof reading the document yourself, using the spell checker in Word and/or asking a friend to proofread the document for you.
ï‚· Structure â€“ lastly, you should ensure that your Project Proposal has a sound structure with connections and a logical flow. There should be a logical sequence and connections between the sections so that the Project Proposal develops almost like a story.