Research Paper Guide
In this course, you will examine a problem or issue through the lens of Quantitative Analysis.
This means that you must choose a project that is very specific, focused, and one on which you
have a grasp of the inputs, process, and outputs. It would be beneficial if you could work with a
specific issue in your workplace, as it moves the theory to practice, and you can improve your
work life by applying the lessons from this course.
You will work on the project throughout this course, help one another by discussing your ideas
in the Discussion Board, and hone your skill sets through collegial debate. Your paper will be
approximately 10-20 pages in length, formatted in current APA format, include tables and/or
figures, and have the following headings:
Introduction: A brief section that describes the symptom that you noticed, and provides
readers with an understanding of the process.
Description of Problem: Developed through the Module 2 discussion forum.
Methodology: Developed through the Module 5 discussion forum.
Data collection: Developed through the Module 6 discussion forum.
Data Analysis: Developed through the Module 7 discussion forum.
Recommendations: Your interpretation of the analysis; provides readers with your ideas
of your next logical steps. This could be a formal presentation to your boss, or perhaps a
team meeting to highlight the issue, or so forth.
This paper should be much like the case studies at the end of the textbook chapters. The
introduction is the part of the case that is printed in the textbook. The remainder of the paper
contains the details of how you collected the data and did the analysis. It will then end with the
findings and recommendations.
As a resource, a template containing preformatted headings is provided for download. Using this
template will take some of the work out of doing a paper. You can add subheadings as necessary.
In Chapter I, if you do not use any of the several subheadings there, just delete that section.