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Assignment Description:Create a PowerPoint
presentation to map your research problem.
Discuss your topic and the steps outlining your paper in the Notes
section. This will provide the narration
or description for each slide.

100 Points / 100%

Week 1 Research Map







What is your purpose statement or research

(10 points – 10% of grade)

Did not include a purpose statement or research

(0 points)

Partially described the purpose statement or
research question.

(1-5 points)

Satisfactorily described the purpose statement or
research question.

(6-8 points)

Thoroughly identified and described the purpose
statement or research question.

(9-10 points)


databases are you using to find sources?
What types of sources are you finding?

points – 20% of grade)

Did not include thedatabases or
sources in the presentation.

(0 points)

Partially included thedatabases or
sources in the presentation.

(1-8 points)

Satisfactorily included thedatabases or
sources in the presentation.

(9-14 points)

Thoroughly included thedatabases or
sources in the presentation.

(15-20 points)


What are the ethical considerations? What about bias?

(20 points – 20% of grade)

Did not identify the ethical considerations or
possibility of bias.

(0 points)

Partially identified the ethical considerations
or possibility of bias.

(1-8 points)

Satisfactorily identified the ethical
considerations or possibility of bias.

(9-14 points)

Thoroughly identified the ethical considerations
or possibility of bias.

(15-20 points)


What type of methodology will you use? What are your reasons for choosing this

(20 points – 20% of grade)

Did not explain methodology or reasons for
choosing this type of method.

(0 points)

Partially explained methodology or reasons for
choosing this type of method.

(1-8 points)

Satisfactorily explained methodology or reasons
for choosing this type of method.

(9-14 points)

Thoroughly explained methodology or reasons for
choosing this type of method.

(15-20 points)


Academic References

(20 points – 20% of grade)

No References

(0 points)

1 Academic Reference

(1-8 points)

2-3 Academic References

(9-14 points)

4 or more Academic References

(15-20 points)


Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting

(10 points – 10% of grade)

More than 10 errors

(0 points)

5-6 errors

(1-5 points)

3-4 errors

(6-8 points)

0-2 errors

(9-10 points)


Total (100 point scale)

Total (5
point scale)

Additional comments:

Design/Research Map

design of a study is a master plan outlining method and needed information. It
is the roadmap for conducting research. A roadmap it consists of a series of
actions that lead to the ultimate goal. The research design will develop an
overlying strategy. There are three approaches to research: Quantitative,
qualitative, and mixed methods. Each design has its own terminology, methods
and techniques. Creswell (2003, p. 21) defined a research problem as an issue
or concern that needs to be addressed. Depending on the type of research
problem chosen will determine what type of approach to take. The philosophical
framework of the research is known as the methodology. Therefore, the research
design is the action plan for philosophical framework to be linked to a
specific method. Methods are specific techniques used for data collection and

Quantitative Designs

Creswell (2003) describes the
quantitative approach as employing strategies of inquiry, such as experiments
and surveys, and collects data on instruments that produce statistical data.
Quantitative designs are about quantifying relationships. These relationships
are expressed using numbers and statistics. Quantitative designs look for
relationships between an independent variable and another dependent variable or
outcome variable in a population. This type of design can have subjects
measured once or measured before and after applied variables. This is an
objective design that seeks precise measurement and analysis.

designs need to be carefully planned making certain that there is complete
randomization and correct labeling of control groups. This can take time and be
costly. Since these designs require statistical analysis can make it difficult
for researchers that are non-mathematicians. In proving a hypothesis there can
be some ambiguity. Statistical confirmation of results can be difficult with
very few experiments requiring additional testing and additional costs to
obtain an all-inclusive answers to testing the hypothesis.

Some Quantitative Research methods are:


Explains how variations in one factor
correspond with variations in one or more factors.


Describes an area of interest factually and


Investigates patterns of growth and/or change as a
function of time.

Ex post facto

Examines possible cause and effect relationships.

Quasi experimental

Approximate the conduct of a true experiment.

True experimental

Examines possible cause and effect relationships
between treatment groups and control groups.

Qualitative Designs

The qualitative approach uses strategies of inquiry
that collects open-ended, emerging data with the idea of finding commonalities
from the data (Creswell, 2003). Data is in the form of words, pictures, or
objects. This is a subjective design where individuals’ interpretation of
events is important. Qualitative designs focus on the process rather than
outcomes. It is descriptive in nature looking to build abstractions, concepts,
hypotheses, and theories. These designs are about exploring things in natural
setting, understanding phenomena, and answering questions. Through these
designs the researcher seeks to gain insights into individuals’ attitudes,
behaviors, values, motivations, cultures or lifestyles. Qualitative research
usually involves fieldwork.

Unlike quantitative
designs which only measurable data is gathered and analyzed, qualitative
designs generate non-numerical data. The focus here is on verbal data rather
than statistical data. Information is collected and then analyzed in an
interpretative, subjective, impressionistic, or diagnostic manner. Commonly
used methods are case studies, interviews, and survey designs.

Some Qualitative Research methods are:

Action research

Aids in developing new skills to solve
problems with direct application.

Case Study

Uncovers the relationship of
significant factors characteristic of a phenomena.


Representative interests, ie: social


Study of human society and culture.

Field Study

A study of background, status, and
environmental interaction of a given social unit.


Emphasizes the importance of the past
to illuminate the future.

Grounded theory

Characterized by inductive field work
and the building of theory.


Reviews the past events and people to
examine the early building blocks of the field in order to illuminate present


Combines views from the
participant’s life with those of the researcher’s life in a collaborative narrative.


Research that ha empowerment and human
equality as its aim.

Phenomenon – logical

Seeks to deepen our level of
consciousness and broaden our range of experiences.

Mixed Methods Designs

methods approaches make use of strategies of inquiry which collect data either
simultaneously or in sequence to understand research problems combining
gathering methods that include numeric information in addition to text
information (Creswell, 2003). Elements of quantitative and qualitative methods
are combined for the purpose of a more in-depth understanding of the research
issue. Data is presented both numerically and textually/pictorially. Data is
also brought together to be compared and/or related for an interpretation.

Some mixed methods designs are:


Quantitative and qualitative data is
collected at the same time and then integrated and interpretated for a
comprehensive analysis of the research problem.


Findings of one design with another are elaborated


Combines data from quantitative and
qualitative designs linking everything together for a general perspective.


Creswell, J.W. (2003). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative,
and mixed methods.

Thousand Oaks,
CA: Sage Publications

.0001pt;line-height:14.3pt;background:#f0efeb”>Research Design/Research Map

This week you read Chapter One
in Creswell. Chapter One will discussed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed
studies. These designs include philosophical assumptions, strategies of
inquiry, and specific research methods. When choosing a research design these
elements need to be considered along with the research problem.

For this assignment, you need to
create a PowerPoint presentation. In a PowerPoint presentation please map out
your research problem. Discuss your topic and the steps outlining your final
Research Proposal. Some of the questions you must answer are (see the
assignment rubric for graded areas):

What would your purpose statement

What databases could you use for

Are there any ethical considerations?

What method would you use and

This presentation should be a minimum
of 10 slides. Be creative and have fun with this assignment. Remember this
assignment could be used as the basis for your final Research Proposal. The
assignment will be graded on contents and grammar.

In addition to the PowerPoint, you
must submit a self-evaluation of your PowerPoint. You will use the rubric
that is attached to these instructions to complete the evaluation of your
PowerPoint. You should embed the rubric on the last page of your PowerPoint
once it is complete.


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