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Write a two-page paper describing a basic experimental design for the proposal.

Design a basic experiment to assess a cause and effect relationship based on your research question. Include the following information:

1. Research the objective.

2. Explain if the design is a true experiment or a quasi-experiment. Justify your selection.

3. Develop a hypothesis based on your research question.

4. Evaluate your hypothesis according to the characteristics provided in the lecture. Be specific.

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5. Describe the independent variables, blocking variables, dependent variables, and extraneous variables.

6. Explain how you plan to deal with issues related to internal and external validity. Be specific.

7. Conclusion: Highlight the major points discussed in the previous sections. Be sure to relate the information back to the purpose and relevance of the research.

You must use correct APA formatting when writing your paper. All references used, including the textbook, must be cited.

NOTE: This assignment is part of the Unit VIII Research Proposal. This assignment must be submitted in sequence (i.e., Unit V must be submitted and graded by the professor, who will provide feedback to the student before he or she can progress to the Unit VI assignment). The student assignment will be graded according to the assigned rubric. The professor will grade and annotate items that need to be corrected by the student. This feedback from the professor will help the student correct any discrepancies before compiling this assignment to the Research Proposal. This will help the student achieve a better review/grading for the Research Proposal.


MBA 5652, Research Methods

 

Course Syllabus Course Description

 

Business research methods will guide students in advancing their knowledge of different research principles and their

 

applicability in social research. Students will investigate a business-related issue in their content area and design a

 

publishable research proposal. Course Textbook

 

Zikmund, W. G., Babin, B. J., Carr, J. C., & Griffin, M. (2013). Business research methods (9th ed.). Mason, OH:

 

South-Western. Course Learning Outcomes

 

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

 

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7.

 

8.

 

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10. Design and plan a research study.

 

Apply statistical methods to business research.

 

Apply research techniques to commerce and business issues.

 

Differentiate between descriptive and inferential statistics.

 

Devise the sampling theory into appropriate sampling distributions.

 

Write and test a hypothesis.

 

Contrast and compare descriptive, correlational, and qualitative non-experimental research.

 

Contrast and compare experimental and quasi-experimental research.

 

Write a publishable research proposal paper using APA guidelines.

 

Apply ethical research standards. Credits

 

Upon completion of this course, the students will earn three (3) hours of college credit. Course Structure

 

1. Unit Learning Outcomes: Each unit contains Learning Outcomes that specify the measurable skills and

 

knowledge students should gain upon completion of the unit.

 

2. Unit Lesson: Each unit contains a Unit Lesson, which discusses unit material.

 

3. Reading Assignments: Each unit contains Reading Assignments from one or more chapters from the textbook.

 

Supplemental Readings are provided in the Unit I, II, III, IV, V, and VIII study guides to aid students in their course

 

of study. Suggested Further Readings are listed in the Unit VIII study guide. The readings themselves are not

 

provided in the course, but students are encouraged to read the resources listed if the opportunity arises as they

 

have valuable information that expands upon the lesson material.

 

4. Learning Activities (Non-Graded): These non-graded Learning Activities are provided in each unit to aid

 

students in their course of study.

 

5. Key Terms: Key Terms are intended to guide students in their course of study. Students should pay particular

 

attention to Key Terms as they represent important concepts within the unit material and reading.

 

6. Unit Assessments: This course contains two Unit Assessments, one to be completed at the end of Units III and

 

VIII. Assessments are composed of written response questions.

 

7. Unit Assignments: Students are required to submit for grading Unit Assignments in Units I, II, IV, V, VI, and VII.

 

Specific information and instructions regarding these assignments are provided below. Grading rubrics are

 

included with each assignment. Specific information about accessing these rubrics is provided below.

 

MBA 5652, Research Methods 1 8. Research Proposal: Students are required to submit for grading a Research Proposal in Unit VIII. Specific

 

information and instructions regarding this assignment are provided below. A grading rubric is included with this

 

assignment. Specific information for accessing this rubric is included below.

 

9. Ask the Professor: This communication forum provides you with an opportunity to ask your professor general or

 

course content related questions.

 

10. Student Break Room: This communication forum allows for casual conversation with your classmates. CSU Online Library

 

There is a virtual library with resources, including both journals and ebooks, to support your program and your course at

 

Columbia Southern University. eResources are accessible 24 hours a day/7 days a week from the CSU Online Library

 

gateway page. To access the library, log into myCSU, and then click on CSU Online Library. Resources are organized in

 

the library by title, but if you click on Research Guides, you will find eResources arranged by subject.

 

The Library Reference service is available 7 days a week; you can reach CSU?s virtual librarians by emailing

 

[email protected] These professional librarians will be glad to help you develop your research

 

plan or to assist you in any way in finding relevant, appropriate, and timely information.

 

Librarian responses may occur within minutes or hours, but it will never take more than 24 hours for a librarian to send a

 

response to the email address you have provided. Replies to reference requests may include customized keyword search

 

strategies, links to videos, research guides, screen captures, attachments, a phone call, live screen sharing, and meeting

 

room appointments, as well as other forms of instruction. Unit Assignments

 

Unit I Mini Project

 

Using Exhibits 6.4 and 6.5 from Chapter 6 in your textbook as guidelines, respond to the following statements. You are

 

not required to submit the responses, but use your answers as the foundation for the assignment listed below.

 

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8. Identify a business decision situation that requires action in your organization. Be clear and succinct.

 

Assess the current situation.

 

Identify two symptoms.

 

Identify likely problems causing each symptom.

 

Write a decision statement (this is always a question).

 

Identify research objective (potential result) that corresponds to the decision statement.

 

Restate research objective in the form of a question (known as the research question).

 

Develop a hypothesis by (1) reviewing the research objectives and identifying the variables and (2) specifying the

 

variables in a declarative statement and describing the direction of the relationship. Write a two-page paper based on the information from your responses. The paper should include the following headings:

 

Current Situation, Problem Statement, Research Objective, Research Question(s), and Hypothesis. Be sure to include a

 

title page and a reference page. Use correct APA formatting when writing your paper.

 

NOTE: This assignment is part of the Unit VIII Research Proposal. This assignment must be submitted in sequence (i.e.,

 

Unit I must be submitted and graded by the professor, who will provide feedback to the student before he or she can

 

progress to the Unit II assignment). The student assignment will be graded according to the assigned rubric. The

 

professor will grade and annotate items that need to be corrected by the student. This feedback from the professor will

 

help the student correct any discrepancies before compiling this assignment into the Research Proposal. This will help the

 

student achieve a better review/grade for the Research Proposal.

 

Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.

 

Unit II Mini Project

 

Write a three- to five-page literature review on your selected topic. Ensure your literature review has the following:

 

Introduction: Provide an overview of the topic. Explain why the question is important and a brief description of the

 

research design. State the purpose of conducting the literature review. Discuss major trends in the field. Explain how the

 

literature review will be organized.

 

MBA 5652, Research Methods 2 Body: Discuss the current status of the topic. Organize this section according to the previously mentioned themes or

 

something similar. Discuss relationships that may exist in the literature.

 

Conclusion: Highlight major points discussed in the previous sections. Be sure to relate the information back to the

 

purpose and relevance of the research.

 

Include a minimum of five sources. Three of the sources must be from peer-reviewed journals. Use and follow APA style

 

for this assignment.

 

NOTE: This assignment is part of the Unit VIII Research Proposal. This assignment must be submitted in sequence (i.e.,

 

Unit II must be submitted and graded by the professor, who will provide feedback to the student before he or she can

 

progress to the Unit IV assignment). The student assignment will be graded according to the assigned rubric. The

 

professor will grade and annotate items that need to be corrected by the student. This feedback from the professor will

 

help the student correct any discrepancies before compiling this assignment into the Research Proposal. This will help the

 

student achieve a better review/grade for the Research Proposal.

 

Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.

 

Unit IV Mini Project

 

Write a two- to three-page report discussing the sampling design for the proposal.

 

Generate a sampling design that will yield the best results for your research objective. Include the following information:

 

1. Research the objective.

 

2. Description of the population: Process for identifying the target population and selecting the sampling frame

 

3. Describe the sampling procedures (convenience, quota, simple random), and justify your rationale for choosing

 

the procedure(s).

 

4. Determine the sample size using one of the techniques from Chapter 17.

 

5. Calculate the confidence interval at 90%, 95%, and 99% to get an interval estimate, and explain the results. (Click

 

here for a copy of the Appendices.)

 

6. Identify the different types of biases that are likely to occur and explain what steps you will take to minimize them.

 

7. Conclusion: Highlight the major points discussed in the previous sections. Be sure to relate the information back

 

to the purpose and relevance of the research.

 

You must use correct APA formatting when writing your paper. All references used, including the textbook, must be cited.

 

NOTE: This assignment is part of the Unit VIII Research Proposal. This assignment must be submitted in sequence (i.e.,

 

Unit IV must be submitted and graded by the professor, who will provide feedback to the student before he or she can

 

progress to the Unit V assignment). The student assignment will be graded according to the assigned rubric. The

 

professor will grade and annotate items that need to be corrected by the student. This feedback from the professor will

 

help the student correct any discrepancies before compiling this assignment into the Research Proposal. This will help the

 

student achieve a better review/grade for the Research Proposal.

 

Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.

 

Unit V Mini Project

 

Write a two-page paper describing a basic experimental design for the proposal.

 

Design a basic experiment to assess a cause and effect relationship based on your research question. Include the

 

following information:

 

1.

 

2.

 

3.

 

4.

 

5.

 

6.

 

7. Research the objective.

 

Explain if the design is a true experiment or a quasi-experiment. Justify your selection.

 

Develop a hypothesis based on your research question.

 

Evaluate your hypothesis according to the characteristics provided in the lecture. Be specific.

 

Describe the independent variables, blocking variables, dependent variables, and extraneous variables.

 

Explain how you plan to deal with issues related to internal and external validity. Be specific.

 

Conclusion: Highlight the major points discussed in the previous sections. Be sure to relate the information back

 

to the purpose and relevance of the research. You must use correct APA formatting when writing your paper. All references used, including the textbook, must be cited.

 

MBA 5652, Research Methods 3 NOTE: This assignment is part of the Unit VIII Research Proposal. This assignment must be submitted in sequence (i.e.,

 

Unit V must be submitted and graded by the professor, who will provide feedback to the student before he or she can

 

progress to the Unit VI assignment). The student assignment will be graded according to the assigned rubric. The

 

professor will grade and annotate items that need to be corrected by the student. This feedback from the professor will

 

help the student correct any discrepancies before compiling this assignment to the Research Proposal. This will help the

 

student achieve a better review/grading for the Research Proposal.

 

Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.

 

Unit VI Mini Project

 

Write a 2-3 page paper discussing the measurement scale for each question in the survey developed in the Unit III

 

assignment. Decide if you will use composite scale score or a summated scale score. Justify your decision. How will you

 

measure reliability, validity, and sensitivity?

 

Explain how you will deal with ethical dilemmas during the research process (confidentiality, anonymity, conflicts of

 

interest, informed consent, debriefing, experiments on human subjects, and so forth).

 

You must use correct APA formatting when writing your paper. All references used, including the textbook, must be cited.

 

NOTE: This assignment is part of the Unit VIII Research Proposal. This assignment must be submitted in sequence (i.e.,

 

Unit VI must be submitted and graded by the professor, who will provide feedback to the student before he or she can

 

progress to the Unit VII assignment). The student assignment will be graded according to the assigned rubric. The

 

professor will grade and annotate items that need to be corrected by the student. This feedback from the professor will

 

help the student correct any discrepancies before compiling this assignment to the Research Proposal. This will help the

 

student achieve a better review/grading for the Research Proposal.

 

Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.

 

Unit VII Mini Project

 

Using the survey that you developed in Unit III, choose 10 people in your organization to respond to the survey. Before

 

disseminating the surveys, please pre-code the data (refer to Chapter 19, pp. 470-471) or follow the example provided in

 

the lecture.

 

Perform the following:

 

1. Create a data file using an Excel worksheet.

 

2. Compute descriptive statistics for the variable(s), and explain the measures of central tendency and measures of

 

dispersion that are most appropriate for your study.

 

3. Create a pie chart with percentages.

 

4. Compute a frequency table and histogram for each variable.

 

5. Decide which measures of central tendency, spread, and graphical display would be most appropriate for the

 

study.

 

Using the information above, write a one- to two-page paper explaining how the data will be analyzed. This section should

 

begin with a brief introduction to the section and a description of the problem. You must also explain how the data will be

 

coded and edited. Provide justification for the descriptive statistics that will be employed in the study. You will only need to

 

submit the paper for this assignment. Please do not include data, results, or graphical displays.

 

The above activities are designed to help you explain the type of analysis that will be performed. Remember that the

 

proposal is futuristic.

 

You must use correct APA formatting when writing your paper. All references used, including the textbook, must be cited.

 

NOTE: This assignment is part of the Unit VIII Research Proposal. This assignment must be submitted in sequence (i.e.,

 

Unit VII must be submitted and graded by the professor, who will provide feedback to the student before he or she can

 

progress to the Unit VIII assignment). The student assignment will be graded according to the assigned rubric. The

 

professor will grade and annotate items that need to be corrected by the student. This feedback from the professor will

 

help the student correct any discrepancies before compiling this assignment to the Research Proposal. This will help the

 

student achieve a better review/grading for the Research Proposal.

 

Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.

 

MBA 5652, Research Methods 4 Research Proposal

 

Compile the revised mini projects assignments from Unit I, Unit II, Unit IV, Unit V, Unit VI, and Unit VII to formulate a

 

complete 8-10 page research proposal. Please include the appropriate headings for each section of the proposal to help

 

transition the reader and organize the paper. Remember to create your abstract. An abstract is a self-contained, short,

 

and powerful statement that describes a larger work. Be sure to review the abstract to ensure it is correct and include it as

 

part of the research proposal.

 

Note: All assignments must have been submitted in sequence. Feedback from each mini project must have been received

 

from your professor before moving to the next section. Please be sure to make the revisions based on the feedback

 

provided for each mini project.

 

All papers must be formatted using APA guidelines.

 

Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below. APA Guidelines

 

CSU requires that students use the APA style for papers and projects. Therefore, the APA rules for formatting, quoting,

 

paraphrasing, citing, and listing of sources are to be followed. A document titled ?APA Guide? is available for you to

 

download from the APA Guide link, found in the Learning Resources area of the myCSU Student Portal. It may also be

 

accessed from the Student Resources link on the Course Menu. This document includes examples and sample papers

 

and provides links to The CSU Success Center and the CSU Online Library staff. Blackboard Grading Rubrics

 

Assignment Rubrics

 

One or more assignments in this course utilizes a Blackboard Grading Rubric. A rubric is a tool that lists evaluation criteria

 

and can help you organize your efforts to meet the requirements of an assignment. Your professor will use the Blackboard

 

Grading Rubric to assign points and provide feedback for the assignment.

 

You are encouraged to view the assignment rubric before submitting your work. This will allow you to review the

 

evaluation criteria as you prepare your assignments. You may access the rubric in ?My Grades? through the ?Tools? button

 

in your course menu. Click the ?View Rubric? link to see the evaluation criteria for the assignment. Upon receiving your

 

assignment grade, you may view your grade breakdown and feedback in the rubric. CSU Grading Rubrics for Papers/Projects and Assessments

 

The Learning Resource area of the myCSU Student Portal provides the rubrics, and information on how to use them, for

 

written response questions in Unit Assessments, and Research Papers/Projects.

 

The course writing assignments will be graded based on the CSU Grading Rubric for all types of writing assignments,

 

unless otherwise specified within assignment instructions. In addition, all papers will be submitted for electronic evaluation

 

to rule out plagiarism. Course projects will contain project specific grading criteria defined in the project directions.

 

To view the rubrics, click the Academic Policies link on the Course Menu, or access it through the CSU Grading Rubric

 

link found in the Learning Resources area of the myCSU Student Portal. Communication Forums

 

These are non-graded discussion forums that allow you to communicate with your professor and other students.

 

Participation in these discussion forums is encouraged, but not required. You can access these forums with the buttons in

 

the Course Menu. Instructions for subscribing/unsubscribing to these forums are provided below.

 

Once you have completed Unit VIII, you MUST unsubscribe from the forum; otherwise, you will continue to

 

receive e-mail updates from the forum. You will not be able to unsubscribe after your course end date. MBA 5652, Research Methods 5 Click here for instructions on how to subscribe/unsubscribe and post to the Communication Forums.

 

Ask the Professor

 

This communication forum provides you with an opportunity to ask your professor general or course content questions.

 

Questions may focus on Blackboard locations of online course components, textbook or course content elaboration,

 

additional guidance on assessment requirements, or general advice from other students.

 

Questions that are specific in nature, such as inquiries regarding assessment/assignment grades or personal

 

accommodation requests, are NOT to be posted on this forum. If you have questions, comments, or concerns of a nonpublic nature, please feel free to email your professor. Responses to your post will be addressed or emailed by the

 

professor within 48 hours.

 

Before posting, please ensure that you have read all relevant course documentation, including the syllabus,

 

assessment/assignment instructions, faculty feedback, and other important information.

 

Student Break Room

 

This communication forum allows for casual conversation with your classmates. Communication on this forum should

 

always maintain a standard of appropriateness and respect for your fellow classmates. This forum should NOT be used to

 

share assessment answers. Grading

 

Mini Projects (6 @ 7.5%)

 

Unit Assessments (2 @ 12.5%)

 

Research Proposal

 

Total =

 

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= 45%

 

25%

 

30%

 

100% Course Schedule/Checklist (PLEASE PRINT)

 

The following pages contain a printable Course Schedule to assist you through this course. By following this schedule,

 

you will be assured that you will complete the course within the time allotted. MBA 5652, Research Methods 6 MBA 5652, Research Methods Course Schedule By following this schedule, you will be assured that you will complete the course within the time allotted. Please keep this

 

schedule for reference as you progress through your course.

 

Unit I

 

Review: Read:

 

Submit:

 

Notes/Goals: Unit II

 

Review:

 

Read:

 

Submit:

 

Notes/Goals: Unit III

 

Review: Read:

 

Submit:

 

Notes/Goals: Foundation of Business Research Unit Study Guide Learning Activities (Non-Graded): See Study Guide Chapter 1: The Role of Business Research Chapter 4: The Business Research Process: An Overview Chapter 6: Problem Definition: The Foundation of Business Research Supplemental Reading: See Study Guide Mini Project Qualitative Research Unit Study Guide

 

Learning Activities (Non-Graded): See Study Guide

 

Chapter 7: Qualitative Research Tools

 

Chapter 8: Secondary Data Research in a Digital Age

 

Supplemental Reading: See Study Guide

 

Mini Project Primary Data Unit Study Guide Learning Activities (Non-Graded): See Study Guide Chapter 9: Survey Research: An Overview Chapter 11: Observation Methods Chapter 15: Questionnaire Design Supplemental Reading: See Study Guide Assessment MBA 5652, Research Methods 7 MBA 5652, Research Methods

 

Unit IV

 

Review:

 

Read:

 

Submit:

 

Notes/Goals: Unit V

 

Review:

 

Read:

 

Submit:

 

Notes/Goals: Unit VI

 

Review:

 

Read:

 

Submit:

 

Notes/Goals: Course Schedule Sampling Design Unit Study Guide

 

Learning Activities (Non-Graded): See Study Guide

 

Chapter 16: Sampling Designs and Sampling Procedures

 

Chapter 17: Determination of Sample Size: A Review of Statistical Theory

 

Supplemental Reading: See Study Guide

 

Mini Project Quantitative Data Unit Study Guide Learning Activities (Non-Graded): See Study Guide Chapter 3: Theory Building Chapter 12: Experimental Research Supplemental Reading: See Study Guide Mini Project Measurement and Ethics in Business Research Unit Study Guide Learning Activities (Non-Graded): See Study Guide Chapter 5: The Human Side of Business Research: Organizational and Ethical Issues Chapter 13: Measurement and Scaling Concepts Mini Project MBA 5652, Research Methods 8 MBA 5652, Research Methods

 

Unit VII

 

Review:

 

Read:

 

Submit:

 

Notes/Goals: Unit VIII

 

Review: Read: Submit: Course Schedule Stages of Data Analysis: Part One?Descriptive Analysis Unit Study Guide

 

Learning Activities (Non-Graded): See Study Guide

 

Chapter 19: Editing and Coding: Transforming Raw Data into Information

 

Chapter 20: Basic Data Analysis: Descriptive Statistics

 

Mini Project Bivariate Data Analysis Unit Study Guide

 

Learning Activities (Non-Graded): See Study Guide

 

Chapter 21: Univariate Statistical Analysis

 

Chapter 22: Bivariate Statistical Analysis: Differences Between Two Variables

 

Chapter 23: Bivariate Statistical Analysis: Measures of Association

 

Supplemental Reading: See Study Guide

 

Suggested Further Reading: See Study Guide

 

Assessment

 

Research Proposal Notes/Goals: MBA 5652, Research Methods 9

 


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