is a Guideline & Structure for your Final Research Project
introduction to industrial relations
1.1 Research Title
1.2 Rationale (Background)
1.3 Significance of Research
1.6 Research Question(s) or Hypothesis
(Chapter 1 is all the
information present in your proposal form; you will simply need to copy them in
here. Make sure to make any recommended changes as advised by your
tutor/supervisor before final submission).
2: Literature Review
(Chapter 2 is the
support structure of your entire project. You must include secondary sources,
arguments, models, concepts, theories, frameworks and anything
relevant/interesting to your subject matter. This chapter is an indication of
how well you can find/filter information and link them to your objectives set
in Chapter 1).
A few questions to
ü What is known about my subject?
ü What is the chronology of the development of knowledge
about my subject?
ü Are there any gaps in knowledge of my subject? Which
openings for research have been identified by other researchers? How do I
intend to bridge the gaps?
ü What concepts,
models, theories, and frameworks can I find regarding my research?
ü Is there a consensus on relevant issues? Or is there
significant debate on issues? What are the various positions?
ü What is the most fruitful direction I can see for my
research as a result of my literature review? What directions are indicated by
the work of other researchers?
3.1 Data Collection
3.2 Ethical Issues
3.3 Gantt Chart
3.5 Data Summary
3.6 Data Analysis and
(Chapter 3 is
to explain how to organize, reduce, and prepare raw data through coding
and categorization. Once you have collected your data by way of the various
data-collection method(s) that you have chosen to use, your next step is to
manage, organize, and make sense of all the separate pieces of accumulated
information. Explain how to formulate clear and precise findings statements
based on analysis of the data. Describe how to report and present findings in a
clear, comprehensive, and systematic manner).
4: Findings and Discussion
(Chapter 4 is where
you explain how to analyze and interpret the findings of your research.
Describe how to go about presenting a final synthesis. A research begins with
questions, and its ultimate purpose is learning. To inform the questions, the
researcher collects data. Data are like building blocks that, when grouped into
patterns, become information, which in turn, when applied or used, becomes
The challenge of data
analysis lies in making sense of large amounts of data—reducing raw data, identifying
what is significant, and constructing a framework for communicating the essence
of what the data reveal, this is what you wil be explaining within findings and
5: Conclusion and Recommendation
(Chapter 5, is the
final chapter of your research.The conclusion is not simply a summary; it is a
belief based on your reasoning and on the evidence you have accumulated. This
is the place to share with readers the conclusions you have reached because of
will finally have the opportunity to present and discuss the actions that
future researchers should take as a result of your project. A well-thought-out
set of recommendations makes it more likely that the organization will take
your recommendations seriously. Ideally you should be able to make a formal
recommendation regarding the alternative that is best supported by the
(In this section of
bibliography, you will list everything you read in preparation for writing your
research whether or not you referred specifically to it in the assignment. A
bibliography will, therefore, normally contain sources that you have cited in
your assignment and also those you found to be influential, but decided not to
cite. A bibliography can give a tutor/readers an overview of which authors have
influenced your ideas and arguments even if you do not specifically refer to
(An appendix [one
item] OR appendices [more than one item] is information that is not essential
to explain your findings in the essay or report that you have written. However,
this information may support your analysis and validate your conclusions).
· Word Count for the Research Project is 3500 – 4000
words (+/- 10%).
· Evidence of primary data collection (questionnaire,
interview, focus group, surveys, observations etc) needs to be submitted as
hardcopy to your tutor. Only one sample of this will appear in your Research
· Multiple/updated sources, theories, models and
arguments are required to support your research project.
· You are required to attend several appointments during
Term 2 to keep up to date with your research progress. Please make sure that
your tutors/supervisors have your right email address for any communication.