DOC913: Developing the Research Question

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Course Overview

This course is designed to assist candidates in developing their research ideas and topics into specific research questions. Throughout, candidates will learn how to hone their research ideas so that the research they propose is specific, appropriate, and executable. By the end of the course, candidates will be able to explain their proposed research in operational terms and produce a written explanation that is scholarly, informative, and meets JIU dissertation standards.

The course project, Report: Statement of Intended Research, culminates in a synthetic account of how the candidate plans to approach their dissertation research. This includes an overview of the proposed research topic, the theoretical framework that supports the need for the proposed study, proper research questions, as well as preliminary assumptions, limitations, and definition of terms.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Analyze and illustrate the difference between a research topic and a research question.
  • Investigate ideas that could evolve into research questions, and illustrate possible research questions that relate to the research topic.
  • Evaluate the relationship between possible research questions and the existing body of literature.
  • Create preliminary research questions.
  • Analyze implications of the preliminary research questions on research design.
  • Synthesize research ideas and research questions, assumptions, limitations, operational definitions, and implications of research design.