The final Research Proposal assignment for this course contains multiple parts that are due at different intervals in the course, with the final assignment due in Topic 8. Access and read the “Research Proposal Assignment Criteria” to understand each section of the assignment.
Research questions and hypotheses help to inform research by identifying concepts of interest, targeting specific populations, and framing projects. You will need to develop a research question and hypothesis to inform the research you will be conducting for your final project in this course. This assignment will assist you in learning this skill.
Access and complete the “Prospectus Assignment Worksheet.”
While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
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This assignment is due by the end of Topic 4.
Prospectus Assignment Worksheet
Research questions and hypotheses help to inform research by identifying concepts of interest, targeting specific populations, and framing projects. You will need to develop a research question and hypothesis to inform the research you will be conducting for your final project in this course. This assignment will assist you in learning this skill:
Use Table 4.5 “Examples of Hypothesis and Variables” in chapter four of the textbook to assist you. This exercise will assist you in analyzing a hypothesis. Fill in the missing information for each hypothesis, and then complete the table by using your own hypothesis:
|Hypothesis||Independent variable||Dependent variable||Direction of hypothesis
|EXAMPLE: As the level of activity (low to high) increases, the level of mental well-being (poor to excellent) increases among older adults.||Level of activity||Level of mental well-being||Positive||Older Adults|
|As the level of community social support decreases, the number of petty crimes increases among teenagers.||Level of community social support|
|Level of social support||Level of social adjustment||Positive||Returning veterans|
|Now, complete the table for your Hypothesis:
For this research project, you will propose a possible study for the social problem you selected. Use Chapter 6 in the textbook to decide on a research method for your potential study. For example:
Social issue: An elderly client struggling with poverty
Research method: Evaluation
Explanation of method: Evaluate an existing program that is meant to assist an elderly client living in poverty.
Once you have selected your research method, answer the following prompts:
|Explanation of method:
|Compose the final draft of your research question:
|Explain your proposed research method (50-75 words):
|Explain your proposed research design (50-75 words):