Research proposal

Students will be putting together a research proposal about a problem they would like to explore. Students are encouraged to choose a topic related to their doctoral program project so that the research completed will contribute to their overall applied project. Applied Research projects are often designed to answer practical questions and involve applying specific theories and findings to a specific real-world problem that a specific organization is experiencing. The students will complete a proposal only and will not actually complete the research project in this course. Students must incorporate the Merida et al. (2015) text in Parts 1 and 2 of this paper as it relates to the chosen applied research topic. Each area of the project proposal will be discussed in further detail in the course and will relate to the textbook chapters. All parts of the proposal must follow APA format.

  • Part 1 – Project Justification: Students will submit their research topic, the purpose of the study, the importance of the study, the objectives for conducting the research, research questions, the hypotheses,and a definition of the key terms. (5 to 8 pages)
  • Part 2 – Literature Review: Students will discuss the search strategy and then conduct a review of the existing literature about this topic and write the literature review using at least 10 sources in current APA format. (25 pages)
  • Part 3 – Project Approach: Students will identify the research process, how they will collect data, how they will analyze data, and the instrumentation. This can include selecting what research method to use and the research target (population and sample). If using a quantitative or mixed methods approach, then develop a list of survey or interview questions, such as what statistical technique would be used in the research. (5 to 8 pages)
  • Completed Research Proposal – Students must combine the previous 3 parts of the paper into a final research proposal. Students must update the sections based on the feedback from their instructor.
  • Research Proposal Presentation – Students will put together at least 10 slides that discuss the major components of their presentation. A title slide and a references slide utilizing current APA format are required.
Course Textbooks:

Creswell, John W., and Creswell, J. D. (2018). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. ISBN: 9781506386706.

Merida, T. et al. (2015). Christ-centered Exposition: Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Kings. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group. ISBN: 9780805496703.

Zikmund, W. et al. (2013). Business Research Methods (9th ed.). Boston: MA. Cengage. ISBN: 9781111826925.