Research Proposal Outline Assignment

Research Proposal Outline Assignment

Research Proposal Outline Assignment


SOC-400 Research Proposal Outline

Sociology students should know how to organize their writing to present a research proposal. This assignment will help you learn this skill. Complete the sections below as directed, citing scholarly sources where needed.

Assignment Directions:

Use this outline below to complete this assignment. Fill in the missing portions needed to write a research proposal based on your research question and selected type of research:

Write your research question here:

Type of Research:

After reviewing the five types of research presented in this course, describe the type of research (method) you would use for your study. Why did you decide on using this type of research? (50-75 words) (You will be summarizing this aspect in Part III below but in this section, explain why you plan to use this method. Why did you reject the other possible methods?)

I. Title: Social Problem/Issue

Describe the social problem/issue.

II. Introduction:

List the sections that will be included in your introduction: (Note: The literature review is not a section of your introduction in this assignment. Also, there is no determined number of sections in the introduction, but use the list provided below as needed)




III. Literature Review: Explain the results of your exploration of what has already been studied and what gaps exist in the research that has already been done about the problem or issue you have identified.

IV. Methods: Description of research method(s) you plan to use for your proposed research.

V. Data Analysis: Include any specific hypotheses you plan to test, what variables you will measure, and how you will measure them. If you are going to use any statistical tests, which ones do you plan to use and what software will this require?

VI. Implications: Why is this research important? Will it be used to change some policies, or to improve some social condition? Will it give us a better basic understanding of some type of human behavior?

VII. Timeline: This section includes planned dates for the research, especially the data collection and analysis.

VIII. Budget: What is it going to cost to carry out this research proposal and where will you get the funds to do this?

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes. Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages. Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor. The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.