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Title. This may change during the course of your research. Initially it should mirror
your research question. Keep your topic narrow and focused.

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Background. This should state why you think your research is necessary. Set out the
research question and why it has aroused your curiosity.

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Research question and objectives. These should leave your tutor in no doubt what you are
trying to achieve.

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Method. This is the research design and data collection approach. This will show how
you hope to go about your research. The research problem should dictate the research
method. State where you are going to do your empirical research, and who the research
population is going to be. State what research techniques you are going to employ, such
as interviews, questionnaires, statistical techniques, examination of company records or
any combination of techniques. Issues of access and ethics should be addressed.

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Time scale. Build in buffer time, as research always takes longer than anticipated.

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Resources needed. Consider time, finance, data access and equipment. Expenses may be
incurred for travel, subsistence, help with data analysis, or postage for questionnaires.
Make sure you have access to data needed to do your research. You will need a com-
puter to analyse data and compile your dissertation, and also to access the Internet.

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References. You should give a page or two of references. You must give the impression
that your initial literature review has been reasonably thorough. The references must be
directly relevant to your research question. Use the Harvard system of referencing.

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