i have chosen the above title for my master’s research, Please see attached a sm
i have chosen the above title for my master's research, Please see attached a small brief and then continue that. The Proposal should be 1,000 -1,500 words. Marking criteria as follows: • Introduction 20% • Literature Review 30% • Methodological Framework 30% • Planning and Critical Analysis 10% • Structure, Presentation and Writing Style 10% The Proposal Rubric is located in Appendix A. The following sections provide further guidelines concerning the structure and content of individual elements of the Proposal. 9.1.1 Proposal Introduction 20% The purpose of the Proposal and outline of Proposal structure should be succinctly set out. In this opening section you should detail the underlying rationale for the project. Think about this as the reasons that explain your choice of topic and its importance. Provide background to the subject area and the focus of the Project. The discussion should lead to the development of one clear, overall aim. Include a list of objectives which you are proposing to achieve with the research There should be between 3 and 6 objectives, although more or less is acceptable depending on the nature of the Project. Remember this is the plan for the rest of the work you will do towards producing your Project. The objectives should relate to what you are going to do. The reader should have no doubt or uncertainty about the boundaries of the final Project. If the scope is restricted to a particular country, region, industry, time period then this should be made explicit. If you need to carry out further analysis to establish the scope of the research, then this should be highlighted here. 9.1.2 Proposal Literature Review 30% The literature review demonstrates the main theories which are relevant to the topic of research. This is done by identifying the main texts and authors in the area (in books and journals) and discussing the key issues. The review of the existing literature should compare and contrast the relevant writers in the field of interest and link these to your proposed area of research. You should be able to show that you have undertaken sufficient reading on the respective topic to be able to justify the choice of topic and to demonstrate where the contribution will be located within the main body of theory and current knowledge, incorporating relevant core concepts, frameworks and theory. This section should reflect: • Expertise of the body of theory including the implications of recent developments • Engagement with and critical exploration of core concepts • Progressive argument/idea development Although textbooks are a valuable resource when doing research, contemporary issues are more likely to be discussed in the academic journals relating to the field. It is expected that recent developments, theories, or studies will be contained in journal articles and you should evidence that you have accessed these. 9.1.3 Proposal Methodological Framework 30% Ensure theoretically underpinned presentation, discussion and justification of the proposed methodological framework to be adopted in the study. Each design choice must be identified, discussed and defended regarding suitability for study. Overall, the methodological framework should demonstrate appropriateness to the study aim and objectives and be capable of practical implementation. This section presents, discusses and justifies the proposed methodological framework and the design choices made (e.g. research philosophy; approach; strategy; time horizon; data collection tools, sampling and data analysis, ethical considerations). Robust theoretical underpinning is essential. 9.1.4 Proposal Planning and Critical Analysis 10% Firstly, based on a Gantt chart (or similar) there should be a detailed timetabled research plan scheduling all aspects of the research. This should include time anticipated to conduct background research, data gathering tool design, data collection, data analysis and Project writing. This is best achieved by working backwards from the final submission of the Project. Remember the proposal provides the plan for the research you will conduct so the Gantt chart should provide detail of the activities you will conduct during the course of the research. See GCU Learn for suggested deadlines of submission. You should include consideration of ethical issues and ethics consent. Finally, a discussion of any anticipated challenges in the conduct of the study and potential limitations of the study is required to show that the researcher is aware and informed and thus better able to manage the research process. A good proposal will not only show awareness but also highlight potential options to overcome challenges and minimise limitations. 9.1.5 Proposal Structure, Presentation and Writing Style 10% Formal, academic and mature style with good grammar which is free from spelling errors and carelessness. Use of academic sources should be evident throughout with careful use of Harvard referencing conventions. The Proposal word count is between 1,000 and 1,500 words. Submitting a Proposal that is below the word count is considered to be self-limiting. Submitting a Proposal that is above the word count runs the risk that markers will only read to the upper word limit of the submission. Therefore, the penalty for too many words is that the later parts of your Proposal (e.g. limitations) may not be included in the mark. See Appendix B for Guide to Presentation; Appendix C for Guide to Layout of Proposal; Appendix D for Template of Proposal Front Cover. Appendices can be accessed in the MPR module site on GCU Learn. Harvard Referencing is outlined in section 11 of this handbook. The list of materials below covers aspects of researching, writing and submission of your Project. Also see your academic journals in your subject area. Your Seminar Tutor will be able to guide you as necessary. BIGGAM, J., 2015. Succeeding With Your Master’s Dissertation: A Step-By-Step Handbook. 3rd ed. GB: Open University Press. https://discover.gcu.ac.uk/permalink/44GLCU_INST/1ulognu/alma991002652140003836 COLLIS, J. & HUSSEY, R., 2013. Business Research: A practical guide for undergraduate and postgraduate students. UK: Palgrave Macmillan. CROTTY, M., 1998. The foundations of social research: Meaning and perspective in the research process. London: Sage Publications. DENSCOMBE, M., 2017. The good research guide: for small-scale social research projects. 6th ed. London: Open University Press, McGraw-Hill Education. EASTERBY-SMITH, M., THORPE, R. & JACKSON, P.R., 2012. Management Research. UK: Sage. FISHER, C., 2010. Researching and writing a dissertation: an essential guide for business students. UK: Pearson Education. JESSON, J., MATHESON, L. & LACEY, F.M., 2011. Doing your literature review: Traditional and systematic techniques. UK: Sage. LEEDY, P. & ORMROD, J., 2010. Practical Research Planning and Design. 9th ed. Boston: Pearson Education International. MATHEWS, B. & ROSS, L., 2010. Research Methods: A practical guide for the social sciences. UK: Pearson Education Limited. PHELPS, R., FISHER, K. & ELLIS, A., 2007. Organizing and managing your research: a practical guide for postgraduates. UK: Sage. POTER, S., ed., 2006. Doing postgraduate research. UK: Sage. PUNCH, K.F., 2013. Introduction to social research: Quantitative and qualitative approaches. 3rd ed. London: Sage Publications. PUNCH, K.F., 2016. Developing effective research proposals. 3rd ed. Los Angeles: Sage. QUINTON, S. & SMALLBONE, T., 2006. Postgraduate research in business: a critical guide. UK: Sage. REMENYI, D., 2012. Case study research. UK: Academic Publishing International. REMENYI, D., 2012. Writing up your research: the quick guide series (No. 808.02 R383w). UK: Academic Publishing International. SAUNDERS, M.L. & THORNHILL, P., A., 2009. Research Methods for Business Students. UK: Financial Times. WALSHAW, M., 2015. Planning Your Postgraduate Research. London: Palgrave Macmillan. https://discover.gcu.ac.uk/permalink/44GLCU_INST/1ulognu/alma991002525739403836 WILSON, J. 2014. Essentials of business research: a guide to doing your research project. 2nd ed. London: Sage. WISKER, G., 2007. The postgraduate research handbook: Succeed with your MA, MPhil, EdD and PhD. UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Guide to Layout of Proposal PRELIMINARIES* A Title Page: detailing the title of the Proposal, the name of the student and programme of study, word count and the submission date. Declaration: Please download the declaration form in the MPR module site on from GCU Learn and insert a completed and signed form after the title page in your Proposal. A Contents Page: Detailing content headings and page numbers, and list of appendices and page numbers. SECTIONS • Introduction o Research Background o Aim and Objectives • Literature Review • Methodological Framework • Planning and Critical Analysis • Reference List Reference list should follow the Harvard Referencing System (Alphabetical Listing) with all sources cited in the text. You do not need to include a bibliography. APPENDICES Well-presented collection of any relevant supplementary material where appropriate. Appendices should be sequentially numbered, labelled and referenced appropriately in the text. *The Preliminaries, charts, and List of References are NOT included in the word count.

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