The impact of Social Media on children and social skills

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Research Proposal Guidelines and Structure

There are five sections in your proposal document. Each section requires you to deal with specific issues that will result in a more coherent submission. The following are recommendations and guidelines only.

1. INTRODUCTION 15%
Here you should outline a Brief Rationale behind the Research Objectives. More specifically, why is your particular research objectives and area of research important (to practitioners and/or academics)? This is used to underpin the justification for your research report.
? This section should address ?why? this topic should be studied. This has to be grounded in academic sources. Avoid phrases such as ?I think?, ?I believe? especially if they are unsupported by sources.
? This requires you to illustrate that you have consulted appropriate sources (i.e. a trade magazine and academic literature) identifying explicitly that this is an issue requiring further research.
? As discussed in class, it may be useful to contextualise your research in this section. Focusing on the ?research output? at this early stage can be helpful to focus your writing style in this section.

2. LITERATURE REVIEW 30%
A detailed Literature Review reflecting the current body of knowledge existing on your topic. Evidence must be shown in your proposal that you have given consideration to the theoretical context from which your question emerged. Evidence of reading, outside the assigned literature in this course outline, is important as it forms the backbone of your Research Question.
? This section should include seminal research articles from peer reviewed journals, accompanied by other research sources in relation to the topic and/or phenomenon being researched.
? The literature here must be clearly linked to the research objectives. Indeed this section might link to the following section to show clearly how the literature has informed the research objectives.
? Students are required to show a ?synthesis? and not a descriptive list of academic sources. More specifically, critical evaluation of the academic literature is required. Section headings appropriate to the topic being researched should also be aimed for.

3. RESEARCH QUESTION & OBJECTIVES
Substance abuse and process disorders
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Many of us witnessed or know of instances in which substance abusers, who also suffer from diagnosed, co-occurring emotional disorders, are told by “well-meaning veterans” of recovery to either stop taking prescribed psychoactive medicines or to no longer consider themselves to be in “recovery” Reflect on that mandate and write 3 pages Reflection paper that examines the validity and/or potential destructiveness of that philosophy.
s the Research Question (RQ) highlighting specific objectives and sub-objectives. The research question/problem may be provisional at this point. More specifically, the RQ will be further developed, refined and/or indeed in exceptional circumstances altered as you proceed. By developing RQ?s in your proposal you will receive feedback regarding its coherence. It is important that you attempt to develop the intended research question to its full potential as early as possible. Depending on your stance in relation to the philosophy of research you may aim to state your research questions as hypotheses.
? Marks will be given where the student illustrates how their research objectives have been informed and formulated from available academic literature. Note: The lack of linkage with academic literature is where most students lose marks.
? This requires students to have consulted previous research and use that research to inform research objectives in their own context.
? As discussed in class, a brief appreciation of philosophical issues in relation to research objectives is required. (E.g. Qualitative V Quantitative; Positivist V Interpretive).
? An appreciation of operational issues (as in can the research be carried out) is required.

4. Research Methodology
Detail how the proposed methodology will meet with the requirements of the Research Question. The proposal must highlight possible data collection methods. This section requires you to give some thought to the operational side of your research. Research often takes a radical turn when the researcher discovers that their well-crafted research question cannot easily be researched. One question you might ask yourself is ?how can I collect data that contributes to answering the research question??
? Illustrate that you have made an informed choice regarding the research strategy and show the references used to inform this choice.
? Possible data collection methods operationalising the research objectives should be clearly illustrated. The link between objectives and data collection must make sense.

5. The Research Project Schedule
This section details the proposed schedule of work up until submission & is designed to ensure each researcher factors their available time into their research proposal.
? A project schedule should be provided.
? Time slots where work cannot progress due to other commitments should be mapped out at this stage.

Bibliography/References
In this section, all literature cited in the proposal must be listed in an appropriate manner (E.g. American Psychological Association (APA) Referencing System). Topic Substance abuse and process disorders
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Many of us witnessed or know of instances in which substance abusers, who also suffer from diagnosed, co-occurring emotional disorders, are told by “well-meaning veterans” of recovery to either stop taking prescribed psychoactive medicines or to no longer consider themselves to be in “recovery” Reflect on that mandate and write 3 pages Reflection paper that examines the validity and/or potential destructiveness of that philosophy.

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