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Selecting A Research Topic
    …for the purpose of identifying a
       problem that satisfies applied
    industrial research requirements
Sources of research topics

   Theories – an organized body of concepts,
    generalizations, and principles that can be studied.
   Personal/professional questions – items that researchers
    may find of interest.
   Replication – repeating previously completed studies.
   Library search – searching library databases for topics
    requiring further investigation.
   Sponsoring agencies – guidelines and projects that
    various entities are willing to support.

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What are the limitations when selecting a
research topic?

     must be of graduate quality
     must be feasible for given timeframe
     must be original and creative
     must be consistent with scientific method of inquiry
     must be accountable to pre-established educational
      and economic guidelines
     must be ethical
     must be respectful of human subjects rights
     must have potential for making a significant
      professional contribution

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What are the limitations when selecting a
research topic?
   topic may be “freely” selected subject to:
        approval of professor
        predetermined research criteria
        Graduate School requirements and standards
   selection must be within a broad band of …
        technology
             construction, business, manufacturing, safety, etc.
        engineering and engineering technology
             industrial, mechanical, electrical, civil, etc.
        education
             demographics, norms, methods, materials, etc.


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What proposal format may be selected?*

   Choices are:                       One of three will be
       academic                        executed
            also known as                 preference will be
             student proposal               academic proposal
       industrial or                      industrial or corporate
        corporate                           may be elected when
            are often used                 extreme justification is
             interchangeable
                                            proven
            industrial is course
             preference


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Must the topic be approved in advance of the
proposal being submitted for assessment?

                           What format is required
                            when requesting
                            approval?
                               the problem to be
                                investigated must be
                                defined using a word
                                document that is limited
                                to 1000 words
                               factors are given on next
                                slide

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When submitting a topic for approval, the
format will be limited to:




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When submitting a topic for approval, the
format will be limited to:

        Title
                                                      view next 2 slides
           provides insight of proposed topic
           limited to 25 words.
        Problem to be studied
           limited to one paragraph
           identifies exactly what will be investigated
        Significance of problem
           tells why study is needed or important
           limited to 4 paragraphs
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A quality title must reflect several of
these elements:

   problem, hypothesis or questions researched
   phenomenon being studied
   processes being invesigated
   brief description of results
   investigative methods
   action scenarios
   few words with each word being critical


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Caution: do not confuse title with topic.

      “A title is the name for the topic being
       investigated.”
      A topic is a problem, question, or issue that can
       be examined for suitable resolution through
       collecting, compiling, and analyzing data.
      A research endeavor cannot be successful unless
       the “problem” to be investigated has been clearly
       identified.

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When submitting a topic for approval, the
format will be limited to:
        Method (or type) of research
           based on 5 or 9 types/methods
                                                               view next slide
           provide brief justification for selection
           limited to 2 paragraphs
        Source of data
           identify database, sample, or population limited to 2 paragraphs
           describe measuring instrument, if used
           provide instrument’s performance specifications or questionnaire’s draft
            copy in appendix
        Anticipated benefits and/or contributions
           how findings will be applied
           limited to 2 paragraphs

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When submitting a topic for approval, the explanation of the
data collection instrument must be included as follow:


         Describe data collection method
           provide measuring instrument’s performance
            specifications in appendix, or
           provide an exact copy of the proposed
            questionnaire that will be used to solicit
            responses from research participants
           no limitations are imposed
           do not include as part of the 1000 word
            restriction

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5 types and 9 methods of research

   5 types                     9 methods
        developmental              historical
        case/field                 descriptive
        correlational              developmental
        true experimental          case and field
        action                     correlational
                                    causal-comparative
                                    true experimental
                                    quasi-experimental
                                    action

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5 types and 9 methods of research
   5 types
        developmental
        case/field           Which listing is preferred?
        correlational
        true experimental
        action
                              No preference is made.
   9 methods
        historical
        descriptive
        developmental
                              Why? Both are about the same
        case and field       for most part; it simply is a
        correlational        combining or reconfiguring
        causal-comparative
        true experimental    between the two.
        quasi-experimental
        action
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Format for research topic approval

    Title
            provides insight of proposed topic
            limited to 25 words.
                                                 Method (or type) of research
                                                     based on 5 or 9 types/methods
    Problem to be studied
                                                     provide reason for selection in no
            limited to one paragraph                        more than 2 paragraphs
            identifies exactly what will be      Source of data
                    investigated
                                                     identify database, sample, or
    Significance of problem                                  population within 2
            tells why study is needed or                     paragraphs
                   important                         describe measuring instrument
            limited to 4 paragraphs                  provide instrument’s performance
                                                             specifications or copy of
                                                             questionnaire in appendix
                                                 Anticipated benefits and/or
                                                       contributions
                                                     how findings will be applied
                                                     limited to 2 paragraphs


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