In co-operation with the instructor, you will conduct quantitative research as a group, on a technology-related subject or problem in which you are interested. You will choose you group members, and then as a group develop a topic and formulate it in terms of a set of original research questions as part of a proposal. Your group will write a paper presenting the
conclusions of your research, and each member also will write a brief individual reflection on
this experience. This semester, you will pick one of two tracks: 1) launch your research
from one of several key articles provided; or 2) pick a research topic directly relevant to
the majors of your group members.
The first part of the research project—this assignment—is to develop a proposal and
bibliography for your project. In your proposal, you will complete the following tasks:
1. Identify a topic to pursue based on information from one of the launch articles, or that
directly relates to your major(s). You may creatively relate your topic to one of our
six competencies. The topic must be new research for all group members.
2. Refine your topic into a distinct thesis with a specific set of testable research
3. Conduct additional background on your research questions and develop an
4. Develop a specific survey or other quantitative research instrument in order to answer
your research questions.
Your proposal will include the following sections, prepared as a formal, written essay:
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1. Introduction: Introduce your project by providing an overview of your subject that
includes the main points related to your topic from your launch article.
2. Thesis: State your group’s distinct position on your topic, or thesis statement (e.g.
“No, Google is not making us stupid, because…”), and then develop your project by
posing and describing 2-3 specific research questions you will investigate by way of
proving or disproving your thesis.
3. Research: Discuss the secondary research you have discovered while looking into
your chosen article and the topic on which you decided. These paragraphs should
attempt to provide some initial thoughts, shaping framework, and possible answers to
your stated research questions. Use high-quality literature that directly relates to them.
4. Methodology: Propose a quantitative study, such as a survey or experiment, which
will help prove or disprove your research questions. You should describe this primary
research, whom will participate in it, and what kind of questions will be asked.
5. Bibliography: Include an APA-formatted list of at least 7 references. The quality of
your resources counts, not just the number. Note: If you are unfamiliar with APA
format, be sure to look it up; points will be lost if the references are formatted
. Your proposal must include the structure, font, and other formatting usual to formal
research assignments. A cover page is expected, and mechanics must be perfect.
. Your proposal should run a minimum of 3-4 pages in length, excluding the
. Your proposal will include regular citations of the sources mentioned in your