Pair a method with your design, select a measuring instrument, and prepare a sampling plan to answer your research question/test a hypothesis. The chosen method, quantitative or qualitative, will determine how the data are collected and analyzed to achieve your goal. Produce a proposal (academic, IRB protocol, or business) incorporating the previous tasks to secure approval for your study; then recruit participants and conduct a pilot study.
- Illustrate methods and techniques frequently used in business studies.
- Evaluate the sources and procedures for selecting/creating measuring instruments.
- Differentiate between a probability versus nonprobability sample. Explain their strengths, limitations, and applications in light of your proposed research.
- Attend to the ethical treatment of participants. Summarize the role of an IRB and the researcher in this process.
- Contrast the differences between an exempt, expedited, and full IRB review and how each affects the preparation and timing of a research project.
- Produce a proposal using course guidelines to achieve acceptance for an academic study, business study, or IRB protocol.
- Outline the components of a participant recruitment plan.
- Evaluate the benefits of a pilot study and prepare to implement a small-scale version to detect weaknesses in your plan.