Elements of the Research Proposal: Part 5
Our previous articles outlining the elements of the research proposal have provided essential information on several major components of a successful and high ranking proposal. Thus far, Thesis Associates has delved into detailing major sections such as the Introduction, Background, Literature Review and Methodology. In this week’s article we wrap up our series on the preparation of the research proposal by focusing on the final components required to make your proposal complete, effective and viable. Similar to our previous articles, the topic of construction delays will be utilized as the receptacle for delivering examples which are relatable and informative.
- Data Analysis
This section entails a description of how your data is to be analyzed once you have completed the process of data collection. In order to analyze your data some method of applicable statistical analysis should be employed. Typically different types of analysis are undertaken as a means of testing your hypothesis or proving the validity of your proposition.
For a study on construction delays, you may choose to evaluate variables such as the severity and frequency of delays in order to find the most important causes of delays to Clients, Consultants and Contractors. This aids in evaluating those parties that share similar opinions on the importance of specific causes of delay. Once this is carried out, employing a statistical method such as Spearman’s Rank Coefficient, will lead to you determine the level of agreement or disagreement between a combination set of the interviewed parties e.g. Clients & Consultants or Clients and Contractors.
The conclusion section of your research proposal summarizes the anticipated outcomes of your study; that is the expected findings once the methodology is accurately employed and data fully analyzed. If your study has been concentrated on construction delays some outcomes may be as follows:
- Common viewpoints by the interviewed parties on the severity, frequency and importance of construction delays.
- The level of agreement or disagreement between two parties involved with respect to the importance of the delay rankings.
The reference list should detail all reference documentation for books, journal articles, websites and any other cited element that you have included within your proposal. It is imperative that you engage the correct referencing style utilized by your faculty, be it, the Chicago Manual of Style, the Harvard Referencing Style or some other applicable guideline.
Your research proposal should include a schedule of the time being allocated to each task along with the start and completion dates for each phase. This is key in ensuring that your research can be completed within your assigned time.
Now that we have completed our series on the elements of the research proposal, you are now equipped with the knowledge to produce noteworthy outputs. In our upcoming articles, we at Thesis Associates will continue to provide you with tips on thesis preparation. Thus will guarantee that you overcome one of the most challenging obstacles of a Master’s program with remarkable success!