Ashford University Online Learning During COVID Pandemic Research Proposal

Research Proposal: Step Four

Throughout the next six weeks, you will plan and propose a quantitative research design of your choice, which may (or may not) involve an area of interest for your doctoral dissertation. You will select a research topic, generate testable hypotheses, review relevant literature, describe participant selection procedures, identify data collection methods, describe the proposed quantitative research design, address potential ethical problems, and describe limitations of your research proposal.

This assignment is the fourth step toward completing your final research proposal in Week 6. In a two to three page paper, in addition to the Title Page and References Page, answer the following. Please use the Kallet (2004) and Krosnick (1999) articles for further guidance on how to prepare the methods section and how to construct a survey.

Data Collection Measure: Choose one of the following to measure your data:

  1. Design a survey (10-15 items): This should be ready for administration, so include clear instructions about how respondents should take, complete, and return the survey. Pay careful attention to issues of design: question ordering, question phrasing, closed- or open-ended questions, overall convenience and attractiveness of the questionnaire, etc.
  2. Select a systematic observation technique: Describe the setting for gathering your data, write instructions for observations to be made, explain how you will code and/or analyze these data to measure your variables, etc.

Be sure to include an APA formatted title page and references page.

Required Readings


Cozby, P. & Bates, S. (2017). Methods in behavioral research (13th ed). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

  • Chapter 8: Experimental Design
  • Chapter 9: Conducting Experiments
  • Chapter 10: Complex Experimental Designs
  • Appendix A: Reporting Research


Krosnick, J. A. (1999). Survey research. Annual Review of Psychology, 50, 537-67. Doi: 10.1146/annurev.psych.50.1.537. [Retrieved from EBSCOhost]

Recommended Resources


Helgeson, J. G., Voss, K. E., & Terpening, W. D. (2005). Determinants of mail-survey response: Survey design factors and respondent factors. Psychology & Marketing, 19(3), 303-328. Doi: 10.1002/mar.1054. [Retrieved from EBSCOhost]


Creative Research Systems (2016). Survey design. Retrieved from (Links to an external site.) (2010). Available: (Links to an external site.)

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) (2017). APA style. Retrieved from (Links to an external site.)

Scribe, A. (n.d.). APA style lite for college papers. Retrieved from (Links to an external site.)

StatSoft, Inc. (2017). Electronic statistics textbook. Retrieved from (Links to an external site.)

Trochim, W. M. K. (2006). Research methods: Knowledge base. Retrieved from (Links to an external site.)

Vanguard University & Degelman, D. (2017). APA style essentials. Retrieved from (Links to an external site.)

Walonick, D. S. (2017). The research process. StatPac. Retrieved from

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