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Research Study Design

Learning outcome

  • Create a research study design of an intended research project (synthesis learning category)

This assignment will move you closer to some finished something related to some project in which research is required (e.g., a part of your dissertation, your dissertation prospectus, a potential journal length article, a project at work, a solution to an administrative or programmatic problem, etc.). In addition to synthesizing many of things we have discussed this term, you will also be practicing your writing so keep an attention on the words, sentences, and paragraphs.

Your task

Integrating your likely third version of your literature review assignment, here you will focus on constructing a research study design proposal or a specific part of a project. What this means is that you may do anything from a proposal to a rough draft to a something close to a final draft of some project in progress or some project that you would like to accomplish.

All your create assignments will likely look different so go into it thinking this is a substantial work that includes some good, deep intellectual thinking and some attention to the words and organization.

No matter what the form takes, your create assignment should

  • provide a research question that will direct the project
  • include a literature review that engages with current conversations related to your topic/idea/question
  • describe your methodological orientation (including a theoretical framework if applicable)
  • indicate what method(s) you will be using

Due Date


You’ll note that this almost a month before class officially ends. The reason for that is this is simply a draft of something or the latter stages of something you have already been working on. Thus, be finishing it up sooner, you can have time to focus on other projects/courses and we can still have time to talk through what the next steps for it.

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