Semester Research Paper

Semester Research Paper

Throughout the semester, you should be working on your Semester Research Paper. You will select a research problem in business. This can be anything where you can formulate a problem statement and a testable hypothesis. The paper should include the background of the problem, the problem statement, the purpose of the study, the study’s hypothesis(es), the methodology to be employed in the study, and a review of the literature pertaining to the problem, as well as any instruments you propose to use to test your hypothesis(es) (i.e. a questionnaire). There is a topic approval form that must be completed IN FULL and you MUST gain approval on this topic to proceed. It is YOUR responsibility to pace yourself throughout the semester in order to have a finished product by the due date.

You’ll submit your paper in 2 parts. Part 1 will comprise of Chapters 1 & 2, plus title page and references. You can add to this paper (these chapters) for the final paper. Part 2 will be ALL Chapters (1-5), plus a title page, TOC, abstract, and appendices.

Details on the Research Paper

You must submit your topic for approval! (see topic approval form). Some of the technical are as follows:

· APA Format

· 11 or 12-pt font, Between .5-1 in margins

· Running Header with paper title (shorten if necessary) and Footer with page number

Chapters for this paper should start on new pages and follow this format: 

Chapter 1 – Titled “INTRODUCTION” – Student should include chapter titles and subheadings (for all chapters) for each of the following elements when preparing Chapter 1 on the paper:

A.     Background – What led you into doing this problem? Why are you interested in this problem?

B.     Problem Statement – What is the problem of your study? You need to be very specific. When we talk about a “problem” in research, it does not necessarily mean that something is “wrong”. You can have a “problem” where you are trying to determine the attitudes and opinions of a response group.

C.      Purpose of the Study – Why is your study important (not necessarily to get an ‘A’ in ECO 595)? What is the significance of your study?

D.      Study Hypothesis(es) – An “educated guess” on the results of your study.

Chapter 2 – Titled “REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE” – A literature review is where you review published material related to your problem. IF YOU CHOOSE THE SAME TOPIC (PROBLEM) YOU USED FOR PAPER 1, YOU MAY USE THIS PAPER FOR YOUR REVIEW OF LITERATURE. If you choose a different topic you must do another review of literature that relates to your new topic.

Chapter 3 – Titled “METHODOLOGY” – Tell the reader very specifically HOW you are going to solve your problem that was stated in Chapter 1. You must give very detailed information in this chapter. For example describe your proposed sample. This must be a realistic sample–how will you contact them, who are they, how will you get them to participate, etc. In other words, describe in detail the procedures and steps that will be used to gather the data.

Chapter 4 – Titled “FINDINGS” – Since you will not be collecting data you will not have any actual findings. But, you need to create hypothetical data (or find similar hypothetical data, and run a statistical analysis, and develop at least one ‘Table’ and at least one ‘Bar Graph’ for this chapter, using the statistical analysisYou should also have a short explanation of your hypothetical findings.**

Chapter 5 – Titled “SUMMARY, CONCLUSIONS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS” – In this chapter all you will need to do is the Summary, Recommendations, and Conclusions. You must have made-up data in order to do conclusions and recommendations. In the Summary you will need to state “what you did”–your problem statement. Also, in this Chapter, you need to tell “how you did it” –Methodology. This is even a great place to discuss limitations to the study, or perhaps what could be done differently next time.

REFERENCES – This section will contain a list of alphabetized “References” from your literature review. You must have “References” in APA format.

APPENDIX – This section will contain a copy of your survey questionnaire, for example.

Note: Start each of these on a new page, and use appropriate subheadings in EACH chapter. See sample paper for examples.

If it is determined that the paper is not an original work and/or the paper is not the work of the student, a grade of 0 will be assigned to the paper. Papers must be submitted to blackboard and must have a turnitin score of 25% or less. Any paper over 25% will receive a 0. You can resubmit to lower your score up until the due date.

**TWU’s IRB & Human Subjects in Research Policy

Note: You will not be collecting the actual data in this class. However, you should be aware of the following research procedure: “It is the policy of Texas Woman’s University (TWU) that all research conducted by any TWU faculty member, staff member, or student using human subjects must have prior approval from a TWU Institutional Review Board (IRB) before the research is initiated (see TWU Policy 1.15 Human Subjects Research). The TWU IRBs on each campus (Denton – IRB #00000829, Dallas – IRB #00000844, and Houston – IRB #00000845) review and approve research involving human subjects. The IRBs operate under Federalwide Assurance # FWA 00000178 issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).”http://www.twu.edu/downloads/research-sponsored/irb-procedures.pdf

You can find more information on TWU’s Research and IRB policies and procedures here http://www.twu.edu/research/irb.asp

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Grading Rubrics

Paper 1 Grading Rubric

Follow Requirements of the paper 40 points

Topic, hypothesis, appropriate subheadings in all chapters, proper format, etc.

Follow APA Style, including proper grammar, sytax, etc 20 points

Title Page 10 points

Chapters clearly labeled, defined, as stated in paper requirements 10 points

Chapters 1- 2 (Start each chapter on a new page)

Well-written & coherent text properly addressing the topic

Reference Section 20 points

All references properly cited in the text, all references cited in the text are in

the ref. section, and in APA style

TOTAL POINTS 100 points

Paper 2 Grading Rubric

Follow Requirements of the paper 20 points

Topic, hypothesis, appropriate subheadings in all chapters, well-written & coherent

text presented in the proper format, 2 graphics (charts, tables, graphs, etc), etc.

Follow APA Style, including proper grammar, sytax, etc 20 points

Title Page 5 points

Table of Contents 5 points

Abstract 5 points

Chapters clearly labeled, defined, as stated in paper requirements 25 points

Chapters 1- 5 (Start each chapter on a new page)

Well-written & coherent text properly addressing the topic

Appendix/Appendices

Reference Section 20 points

All references properly cited in the text, all references cited in the text are in

the ref. section, and in APA style

TOTAL POINTS 100 points

Research Paper References :

You need to have at least 6 references for your paper, and at least 2 of those references need to be academic journals. All references need to be in APA format.


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