Research Proposal Guidelines
You will work individually or with several peer students (not necessarily your teammates) on a course-related technology topic (not necessarily your tech blitz topic) and develop it into a 2-page research
Social Media related to hospitality
PMS or POS Technology related to hospitality (probably the easiest topic)
Mobile Apps-related to hpospitality
Catering and Sales Software-hospitality
Travel Channels Such as Expedia or Kayak
Research proposal is a sort of extended writing assignment. It normally requires that you identify a focal area of research related to a technology topic within this course, focus the topic through some general
background reading, identify a clear research question, marshal primary and secondary resources to answer the question, and present the argument in a clear and creative manner, with proper citations.
I ask that you be clear and concise in demonstrating how your thoughts developed on the topic at hand, but also that your work be readable, lively, and persuasive. You should keep in mind the five steps when
developing your proposal:
Step 1: Focus your topic through some general background readings
Search 1-3 literature/research articles in Google Scholar using key words of your topic
Set forth the scope of the your research proposal
Present arguments in a clear and creative manner with proper citations of these papers
Step 2: Specify a clear and concise research question
Narrow down your idea to a very specific one, then go deep. Remember you only have 2 pages to write.
Step 3: Marshal specific methods and resources you can use to answer the question
Interview with managers? Questionnaire survey with consumers? Collect data from other
Step 4: Discuss expected outcomes and importance/contribution of your research
Your expected findings and results from this research
Your timeline of completing this research
Important recommendations/suggestions that your research can provide to the industry
Step 5: Present a feasible timeline to complete this research
Set up a goal, and accomplish it step-by-step
Once completing these five steps, you should have generated an outline for your research proposal. You then extend the outline into a 2-page full proposal. You can refer to Undergraduate Research Proposal
assignment at any stage, from brainstorming to final revisions. I encourage you to use these resources to develop your proposal.
Standards for Written Work:
All written assignments must adhere to the following format.
? 2-page proposal
? 12-point font (Times New Roman).
? Typed on an A4 white paper.
? 1 inch margins on the top, bottom, left and right.
? Include page numbers.
? Use cover page (with date, course number, proposal title, and your name).
? Headings and, if appropriate, sub-headings used to help organize
Grading Criteria for Proposals:
All written assignments will be graded on content and communication/format (including grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.). Content will account for 80% of the grading for each assignment and
communication/format will account for the remaining 20%. See the section below regarding writing and format to help you produce a professional document worthy of receiving the entire 20%.
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