SEM 700R WEEK 1 Doctoral Demeanor and Student Accountability Activity

SEM 700R WEEK 1 Doctoral Demeanor and Student Accountability Activity



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COM 172 WEEK 1 Research Plan

COM 172 WEEK 1 Research Plan

COM 172 WEEK 1 Research Plan

Research Plan

As part of your research plan, you must first draft a research question for your research paper that will guide the rest of your writing.

A research question, which is more specific and focused than a general topic, is the question that your research paper will be answering. For example, if your general area of interest is Social Security, a possible research question might ask “How could low-income families save more money if the United States had a reformed Social Security plan that included personal retirement accounts?”

As you develop a research question, remember that you will need to research sources to support your topic. Do not pick a one-sided question that will limit your research. Instead, develop a research question that lends itself to further exploration and debate—a question you genuinely want to know the answer to. Try to pick a research question that is not too broad (covering too much) or too narrow (covering too little). It should be broad enough to be discussed in a short research paper.

Questions Answers
What is your general topic or area of interest?
What is it about your general topic of interest that interests you?
What questions do you have about the topic that you would like to investigate? List them.
Would any of the questions you listed about the topic make a good subject for a research paper? Pick or adapt one question and make it into a research question.
Why do you think this research question is appropriate for a research paper?
How is your research question significant or relevant to a wider community?
What background information provides the preliminary grounds for your research?
What are some expert or authoritative sources of information on this research question?
Are your sources credible? How do you know?
What type of materials will you need to review for your research paper?
What procedures will you follow to conduct your research?
What difficulties do you anticipate in conducting your research?

Write a 250- to 300-word paragraph summarizing your research plan. Include the following:

  • The topic you have chosen for your final project
  • What you hope to learn from your research
  • What aspect of your topic you plan to focus on in your research and writing
  • The purpose of research writing and the process you will follow

Review the additional resources from the Center for Writing Excellence for further support: 

  • “Acquiring Information: The Research Process”


COM 172 WEEK 1 Research Plan




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