The aim of doing this small-scale research project is for you to gain the appreciation for research through your own experience. This piece of practical work will build your confidence and competence in doing research and assist you to better critique other research. If you have no experience in research, then you MUST be proactive in building up a good working relationship with your supervisor. You must involve them in guiding and advising you on the different stages of your research and the decisions you make.
This research project will involve primary data. You will either collect some primary data or use data that has already been collected. Secondary research as in a literature review or your summary of the workings of a piece of technology is not appropriate. However, if you are doing a design science approach, then building and testing a set of metrics will be sufficient (consult with your supervisor).The research must be relevant to a group of people and make a contribution to a field or body of knowledge.
Include the following:
1.An introduction describing the topic area, why you are interested in it, why it is relevant to others, what potential contribution it will make.
2.A critique of at least five journal articles related to your topic and/or your research method (about half a page each). A summary in a table could be very useful.
3.Give an overview of the research project. Describe what you see is required to investigate it.
4.The research question. This may contain a number of sub-questions.
5.Research Method. A plan of action: what, where, who, why and how.
6.The pilot test run of the method and your reflections on the test run. This test run is usually extremely valuable in assisting you to refine and scope your research question and your method. If you don’t consider a pilot test appropriate, consult with the supervisor.