Individual Assignment: Progressing with your research project
This week, you will complete the second of two Individual Assignments, the first of which was undertaken in Week 3. The Individual Assignments are designed to develop your skills at applying the knowledge gained in the module to the development of a potential future proposal for a research project.
Once you have established the research topic and framed your research question(s) you will need to consider how you will tackle these questions. This involves taking decisions related to the methodology to be followed as well as the chosen methods for data collection and analysis (quantitative or qualitative).
To prepare for this Individual Assignment:
- Review yourWeek 3Individual Assignment and Instructor feedback.
- Consider how you may develop your ideas further, including epistemological stance, methodology, validity and reliability of the research design, data collection methods, sampling techniques, participant profile, data access, and ethics.
To complete this Individual Assignment: By Day 7 (Wednesday)
Prepare a report of approximately 1,500 words in which you:
- Discuss your chosen methodology and method for the collection of your data
- Indicate which methodology (such as survey, case study, action research) you wish to employ and why
- Explain how this is consistent with your epistemological stance
- Discuss the threats to validity and reliability contained in this research design
- Describe the data collection method(s) you will use (such as questionnaire, interviews, focus groups), and justify how these will be sufficient to answer your research question
- Describe your sampling technique and the reasons for the profile of your respondents when collecting primary data
- What are the problems that you may encounter in gaining access to your data? Provide strategies that can be useful to help you solve these problems
- Are there any ethical issues that you need to consider?
- Provide a brief discussion on how you plan to analyse your data and the tools that you may need for a proper analysis based on your method