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Module 5 – CaseCOMPARING MODELS TO ASSESS THE RESEARCH PROBLEMAssignment Overview In this Case Assignment, you will be reading several articles and sources relating


In this Case Assignment, you will be reading several articles and sources relating to different kinds of data analysis, the process of inferring conclusions from data, the legitimacy of different kinds of analyses, and the development of conclusions and recommendations from your data. You will then be asked to develop a preliminary data analysis and presentation plan, describing the kinds of inferences you hope to draw from your data and how you justify their legitimacy. You also be asked to sketch out a plan for presenting your findings for your research site and wrapping up your relationship with the site.

As the course has progressed, you have made a series of decisions in which you have increasingly specified the structure of your project. These decisions build on each other in critical ways. However, you’re not locked into previous decisions if you subsequently decide you need to change direction. As before, you have an opportunity to go back and revise and/or extend the sections completed in previous modules. If you do revise earlier sections, please include them and indicate what changes you have made to them.

Case Assignment

Prepare a 5- to 7-page paper in accordance with the following Assignment Expectations, describing the analysis issues for your project that form the basis for the Methodology section of your dissertation, in accordance with the following outline:

  1. Identify the major kinds of data that you plan to collect during your project. Discuss the IRB approval process. For each major kind of data, identify steps that you will take to analyze those data for purposes of the project. The readings will help you identify different kinds of data and appropriate analytical procedures associated with each.
  2. Identify the main kinds of conclusions that you hope to draw from your data analysis. These might be descriptive/analytical, prescriptive in the form of recommendations, suggestions in the way of forward thinking, or some combination of these. For each type of conclusion, identify offices and people within the organization that you believe might be interested in your conclusions, and why they might be interested.
  3. Identify the main deliverables from your project, and to whom the delivery would be made other than the members of your doctoral committee.

Remember, the five Case Assignments that you’ve completed in this course together constitute an effective first draft of the Methodology section of your project proposal. Therefore, you want to review the previous assignments carefully in light of the feedback that you have been given and take the opportunity to make any needed revisions or modifications so that the document hangs together clearly and effectively. Your final grade for the case part of this course will be based on the sum of the five parts taken together, so this is your opportunity to remediate any deficiencies you might have encountered in previous modules.

Please conclude your paper with a paragraph or two assessing the effectiveness of this approach to developing the methodology for your project and any lessons that you have learned during this course about the nature and conduct of academic research in applied settings.

Students are encouraged to begin moving their draft into the Universal Dissertation and DSP Template found under the Forms and Templates tab of the Doctoral Resource Center: https://careered.libguides.com/tui/doctoral/

Assignment Expectations

Length: The written component of this assignment should be 5–7 pages long (double-spaced) without counting the cover page and reference page.

Organization: Subheadings should be used to organize your paper according to the questions.

Grammar and Spelling: While no points are deducted for minor errors, assignments are expected to adhere to standard guidelines of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence syntax. Points may be deducted if grammar and spelling impact clarity. We encourage you to use tools such as grammarly.com and proofread your paper before submission.

When you write your paper make sure you do the following:

  • Answer the assignment questions directly.
  • Stay focused on the precise assignment questions. Do not go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.
  • Use evidence from your readings to justify your conclusions.
  • Be sure to cite at least five credible resources.
  • Make sure to reference your sources of information with both a bibliography and in-text citations. See the Trident guide to APA Style, 7th edition. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC Portal.

Your assignment will be graded using the following criteria:

Assignment-Driven Criteria: Student demonstrates mastery covering all key elements of the assignment.

Critical Thinking/Application to Professional Practice: Student demonstrates mastery conceptualizing the problem, and analyzing information. Conclusions are logically presented and applied to professional practice in an exceptional manner.

Business Writing and Quality of References: Student demonstrates mastery and proficiency in written communication and use of appropriate and relevant literature at the doctoral level.

Citing Sources: Student demonstrates mastery applying APA formatting standards to both in-text citations and the reference list.

Professionalism and Timeliness: Assignments are submitted on time.

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