Need help with part 7 of my progress report.
Reminder we revised the topic (from progress #6)
On-Demand Music Streaming and Its Influence on Curbing Music Piracy
PAPER MAY NOT EXCEED 17 PAGES (MUST ADHERE TO THE BELOW FORMAT)
Progress Report VII
Progress Report VII is the final proposal, revised and submitted with all components.
Components of the Proposal (please see attached pdf)
In preparing the proposal, students should follow the same general format and page layout specifications as required.
It is important to note, however, that preparation of the proposal differs from preparation of the dissertation with regards to the Definition of Terms section (included as a separate appendix in the Proposal, but is included within Chapter One in the Dissertation), and the use of heading levels differ between the two documents, as well.
Paper may not exceed 17 pages of narrative.
[Note: Proposals in excess of the page limit will be returned to the major advisor.] The following sections, including approximate page lengths, outline the content of a proposal.
Title page (1 page)
Many computer-compiled bibliographies include only the first five words of the title; therefore, the first five words of the selected title should adequately identify the topic. The title page should be dated with the submission date for the proposal; otherwise the same format as dissertation title page should be followed except to add the word Proposal, as in -Dissertation Proposal. No additional front matter pages are necessary, except the abstract. The title page does not count in the 17-page limit.
(Not to exceed 350 words)
The abstract summarizes major aspects of the study: the importance of the problem, the research questions, the research design and strategies to be employed, and potential outcomes.
(approximately 1-2 pages)
The introduction frames the entire work by providing an overview of the circumstances, issues, and background of the problem the proposed study is to address. The introduction includes an explanation of the problem area, and the relationship between the problem area and prior studies. Relevant personal background factors, including biases and motivation, are to be addressed.
(approximately 1-2 pages)
The problem statement concisely defines the topic to be studied, describes its origins, and establishes its importance. This section addresses the current state of uncertainty surrounding the problem, the need for change, any relevant cause and effect relationships, and the insufficiency of current knowledge or practice.
This section lists clearly stated research question or questions, or in some cases hypotheses, to be addressed in the study
(approximately 6 pages)
The review is background information that describes previous research, perspectives, actions, or theoretical frameworks related to the study. This section reviews the literature to establish the body of knowledge on which the study is based and from which it derives its intellectual moorings.
The purpose of the review is to ground the study in the theoretical and conceptual frameworks underlying the problem. The discussion includes the status of knowledge on the problem, and notes gaps due to methodological difficulties, lack of studies, or inconclusive results. The review critically assesses the major contributions of prior research related to the problem and integrates these into a coherent whole. Typically, the literature framing a problem can be
Divided into domains of inquiry related to the problem. Each domain reads like an essay on that topic. The conclusion pulls together the domains and indicates their relationship to the problem. The review must use primary sources, not secondary sources, although secondary sources may be used as starting points; must be critical, not merely descriptive, by assessing the strengths and weaknesses of existing knowledge; and must be integrative, not iterative, by synthesizing
knowledge into a cohort whole. Do not use Wikipedia as a source.
(approximately 4-5 pages,)
The section describes the research design and the type of data and procedures proposed including, as appropriate, in marked separate sub-sections: sample or participants, instrumentation, data collection, and data analysis. This section explains the rationale for the study design and the appropriateness of the methods and procedures with regard to the research questions and to data integrity. Pilot study procedures and, when available,
preliminary results are included in this section. The sequence of sections is the same as it is for the dissertation: research design, sample/participants, instrumentation, data collection & pilot study, data analysis, and trustworthiness, if appropriate to the design.
(approximately 1 page)
This section describes the weaknesses of the study that are most likely to affect its internal validity (limitations) and its external validity (delimitations)
(approximately 1 page)
This section describes the intended impact of the research, and how this will improve policy or practice.
The reference list includes all documents cited in the proposal. ELP Dissertation Handbook and APA formats are required. (See the
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.)
The appendices begin with the Definition of Terms, as Appendix A, which provides the research-based or operational definitions of all key terms used in the proposal. The appendices continue with additional materials pertinent to the study, e.g. drafts of collection instruments and consent forms, research site requests and approvals, database components, and other items helpful in understanding the study. Appendices are ordered by appearance in the text.
The work plan should be appended to the proposal and include this information:
Major stages of the investigation as a proposed timeline with starting and ending dates for writing the dissertation.
Any required technology and physical resources needed.
Plan for making interim reports and contact with major advisor, associate advisors, and personnel at research site.