This week, you will construct a formal research proposal to address an identified problem within the literature. This serves as an exercise in research writing and the presentation of ideas in an academic context.
Assignment: Develop a Research Proposal (20 points)
Imagine you are a mid-level researcher at a world-renown, high-tech laboratory that receives millions of dollars in government grants each year. You are competing with another established researcher for a highly coveted endowed researcher position in the lab that will enable you to focus on any research area of your choosing within the cloud computing domain. Additionally, the role comes with a research assistant and stipend for the full three years. You must submit a comprehensive research proposal outlining your proposed research project to the selection committee to be considered for the position.
Your proposal must contain at least ten academic references (within last 5 years) and be of the quality expected of senior capstone level work. The proposal may be an extension of a previously written problem statement paper that you are intrigued with (and is research-worthy) or a completely new topic derived from the readings and research. If in doubt, please share your idea with the professor and request feedback. Your research proposal should contain the following sections:
• Title Page
o Title: The title of your work should be concise and describe what your research will entail.
o Student Name
o Course ID, Name, and Semester Taken
• Table of Contents
o This section will provide enough information so that the reader understands the general context, settings, and basis for the proposed research. A non-expert may read the proposal, so ensure there is sufficient framing and discussion of the underlying concepts.
• Problem Statement
o This section will focus on the presentation of a literature-supported open research question or problem that must be addressed. Additional areas should include detailed discussions of its scope, nature, what the problem is, how it developed or evolved into a problem, why it is a problem, and a brief discussion as to the other works that establish it as a problem within the literature.
o This section provides a concise definition of the goal of the study, what it will accomplish, and how it will be measured. That is, how you will define success and failure of the study (if applicable).
• Relevance and Significance
o This section provides additional support for the problem statement and goal by discussing why the problem exists, who is affected by it, and the impact of the problem. Additionally, discussion of the study’s significance, the promise of its outcome, and its outcomes will address the stated problem.
• Literature Review
o This section will focus on clearly identifying the major areas that the research will focus on to establish a foundation of the study within the body of knowledge. The presentation of literature is an expansion of an annotated bibliography that justifies the problem, hypothesis, impact, and significance of the study.
o A detailed explanation of how the study will be undertaken and how the goal will be achieved. This should take the form of a discussion of the methodology used, each step, milestone, and an explanation of each. Ensure that the approach is supported by the literature, as it cannot be based solely on opinion or experience.
Length: 10-12 pages (not including the title page, table of contents, and reference list)
References: Support your paper with 5 appropriate and relevant recent scholarly references
Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.
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Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
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