Objectives of the Assignment:
Ø Clarify the research gap! Why this research must be done.
Ø Research Question (what is the topic). Hypothesis (Possible answer maybe multiple).
Ø What are the research Objectives?
Ø Research Strategies (Justify what type of research strategy did you use, was it primary or secondary research.
Ø Sample (it should be clear why this sample was used).
Ø (Information of data collection and data analysis should be matching the research strategy).
Please write a dissertation proposal on a topic of your choice (preferably your dissertation topic). The dissertation proposal must follow the template available on Moodle and contain the following: (a) background and academic context, (b) research objectives, (c) methods and access, (e) research ethics, and (f) a bibliography of a minimum of 20 academic sources (i.e., academic journal articles, preferably, with DOI numbers; chapters in edited books; or monographs) on a topic of your choice (preferably your dissertation topic). (N.B. The Bibliography section is not included in the word count.) Please submit a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx file). PDF files, etc. are not accepted.
The assignment will be assessed based on the following criteria (see the grid below):
· Background and academic context (20%)
· Research objectives (25%)
· Methods and ethics (35%)
· Bibliography (10%)
· Language and mechanics (10%)
Papers that do not contain a minimum of twenty (20) academic sources fail automatically. Academic sources are academic journal articles, preferably, with DOI numbers; chapters in edited books; and monographs.
Academic conduct notice
Harvard-style referencing needs to be used consistently throughout. Incomplete referencing shall result in reporting the case to the Academic Conduct Officer, who keeps a record of such violations.