Mock Prospectus Paper

This week you will draw on your learning in this course and your work in previous courses (use any relevant material from Research Methods) to prepare a Mock Prospectus (replaces Prospectus (replaces Concept Paper)) that describes a design that addresses a new, revised provisional quantitative research question. New (or newly gathered) research findings and theoretical developments in a topic area often lead to a new picture of the state of knowledge in the area and so to a new (or at the very least, a refined) problem statement. A new problem statement logically requires you to revise your research questions, hypotheses, purpose, and design accordingly. Remember: Research is an iterative process!
Review the resources listed in the Books and Resources area below to prepare for this week’s assignments.
All resources for this week:
Book(s)
Trochim, W., Donnelly, J., & Arora, K. 2016 Research methods: The essential knowledge base
Review previous assigned readings
Document/Other
NCU Template SB Prospectus Template 2017
Assignment Title
Prepare a Mock Prospectus (replaces Concept Paper)
Assignment Points
30
Assignment Instructions
Write your mock Prospectus paper (replaces Concept Paper using the Prospectus (replaces Concept Paper) template found in the Dissertation Center. Follow the template guidelines for each section.
1. Write an Introduction describing your topic.
2. Write the Statement of the Problem section.
3. Describe the Purpose of the Study. Include the results of your power analysis.
4. State your Research Question and your null and alternative hypotheses. Be sure that your question aligns with your purpose.
5. Write a Brief Review of the Literature.
6. Complete the Research Methods section (including the Operational Definition of Variables, Constructs, and Measurement sub sections). Follow the instructions in the Prospectus Template. Be sure to:

a. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of your envisioned design and methods.
b. Identify threats to validity and how your design will address them.
c. Justify why your chosen design and methods are more appropriate for your research question than alternatives you have considered.
d. Define the constructs you will measure and what you will do in order to determine how to operationalize them. 

 e. Describe the sample you propose to study and its characteristics; this should include, but is not limited, to: 1) age; 2) gender; 3) ethnicity; 4) additional cultural factors; and 5) education level. Justify your choice of sample.
f. Describe your method of sampling.
g. Describe the type of data you need to collect and how you will collect it.
h. Briefly describe any ethical issues you foresee with your study. Make a preliminary assessment of the level of risk associated with participation in your study that might need to be raised with the Institutional Review Board.
i. Describe and justify how you will analyze your data and the descriptive statistics you will present.
j. Explain how you conducted your power analysis.
k. Describe how you will handle your data, check for accuracy etc.
l. What problems do you foresee in implementing the design? How might you prevent them?
Support your paper with a minimum of 7 resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included.
Length: 12-15 pages not including title and reference pages
References: Minimum of 7 scholarly resources.

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your paper should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Review APA Form and Style.
Course Learning Outcomes associated with this assignment:
12.0. Design a research study that uses a quantitative design.

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