Research Project Proposal

For helpful information, see How to locate and use resources and Suggested Outline for the Research Project under the Information Documents tab.

This assignment is designed to help you prepare an outline for your term paper. The product of this assignment is an expanded proposal, including information on the references you are using. The proposal will help you:

  • finalize the topic;
  • organize your presentation of the material; and
  • provide the basis for discussion between you and me.

The outline you submit now should follow the same organization as the final paper for this project. You should include the following in your outline:


A concise statement describing your subject. It may be refined later.


Provide the introductory section of your paper. In this section, state the purpose of the paper in a succinct declarative sentences.

  1. The study will have a practical value and meaning for you.
  2. The study will be based upon the concepts learned in the course.
  3. The study will be based upon the concepts learned in the course.


Outline the remaining sections of your paper. What concepts from the course are applicable in each section? You must provide a sufficient description of each section so that I understand why the concepts cited are relevant.

Format: The outline should be no more than 2 pages in length plus your list of references. I would prefer that you use a font such as Times New Roman or Arial and that you use 12-point. Please be sure to include your name on your assignment.

References: Do not be limited to the text as your primarily source of information. You must draw on the readings from sources such as HR and business journals, information from an organization, and interviews with individuals who work in an HR position. Include a preliminary list of the references you will be using. For books, indicate which sections/chapters of the texts you will cite. Also be sure to include references which you have located through a library and/or Internet search. It is important that all references and quotes are cited correctly. All sources, including websites must be referenced in the Bibliography or References list. You must follow an accepted authority for style and form (e.g., APA style). Consult a style manual for help; A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker is available through the ESC book store. Information is also available through ESC’s Writing Resource Center.

Module 3 Submit Case Study #2

“The Comparable Worth Debate”


Prepare this case (in Ivancevich, pp. 322-325) using the Instructions for Case Studies. Be sure that you follow the analysis framework outlined in the Guidelines. Answering the questions at the end of the case is not sufficient to complete this assignment satisfactorily.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Have you identified the critical issues/problems in the case and analyzed the key facts related to the issues/problems?
  • Have you discussed a tentative solution that addresses the issues/problems and how you would implement your solution?
  • Is information from the textbook and other sources, if applicable, integrated into your analysis appropriately? If you are using sources other than the text, you must provide complete citations.
  • Is the paper professionally presented? Remember your audience – the CEO of the hospital. It is important to present your information as clearly and succinctly as possible. (Do not sacrifice thoroughness for mere brevity.) Please proofread carefully for grammar and spelling errors.

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