Qualitative and Case Study
This assignment is counted as 30% of your final weighted
mark for the course. The assignment task is to produce a
research project proposal using qualitative research methods.
The proposal should cover the research which is related to
However, the proposal need to be relevant to the courses
related to the international management degree. You can also
address economics, organisational, or development studies.
Use the output from each session to build up your proposal.
The proposal should be around up to 3,000 words long.
Normal warnings on Plagiarism apply!
Your proposal must cover the following areas (the weightings
indicated are to give you some idea of how much we expect
you to cover against these different criteria):
1) A context or background to the topic and selected
This should explain what the project is about and provide a
justification for your choice. Why do you want to carry out
research in this topic area and why is it an important topic to
look at? (10%)
2) Objectives or key research questions within the topic.
These should set some parameters or boundary to your
research. What are you trying to achieve or find out through
your investigation? It is important to set boundaries so that
your proposal has an appropriate level of focus and is viable.
3) Relevant literatures and sources of information.
This should not simply be a list of sources or readings but an
indication of key authors and studies in the area: you should
evaluate the sources and give some justification for your topic
selection. This should include critical appraisal of at least 4
relevant academic journal articles that you have read (20%)
4) Research philosophy, Research Design and Methods you
intend to use in order to gather the information and/or
generate data or results for investigating the topic and
answer your research objectives.
You should not only explain why you have chosen your method
(for example, merely choosing Qualitative isn’t sufficient) but
also how you select what and who to research. You must
outline and justify your choice of philosophy, research design
and methods. For instance, if you plan to survey some subjects
as part of your research explain how you will select these and
how your sampling and methods help meet your research
objectives. If you plan to model secondary data, explain the
selection of data and plans for modeling. (40%)
6) Timetable and plan of the main phases of the project
over the allocated period of time
You should assume you will be given up to 6 months, and an
indication of the resource requirements. Remember you are
the principal resource! Identify the critical stages of your plan
taking into account the time it might take to complete different
4) Correct Referencing:
Both Citation and References should be in Harvard Format.