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The
Student
Guide to
the MSA
Capstone
Project
Part 1: The Research
Proposal and the
Research Project
Central Michigan University
August 2012

Contents
What is the MSA 699 Project? ........................................................................................................ 4 Overview of the MSA 699 Project................................................................................................... 5 Plagiarism and Ethics ...................................................................................................................... 7 The Research Proposal .................................................................................................................... 8 Chapter 1: Definition of the Problem ............................................................................................. 8 Chapter 2: Literature Review .......................................................................................................... 9 Chapter 3: Methodology ............................................................................................................... 10 The Research Paper ...................................................................................................................... 12 The Structure of the Paper ........................................................................................................... 12 A Word or Two of Advice .............................................................................................................. 15 CMU Writing Center...................................................................................................................... 16 Sample Proposal Title Page ........................................................................................................... 17 Sample Project Paper Title Page ................................................................................................... 18 Suggested Formats for Research Typologies ................................................................................ 19 1. Hypothesis Testing ......................................................................................................................... 19 2. Cost/Benefit or Cost Effectiveness Study ..................................................................................... 20 3. Feasibility Study ............................................................................................................................. 22 4. Policy Analysis ................................................................................................................................ 23 5. Program Design .............................................................................................................................. 25 6. Operations Research ...................................................................................................................... 28 7. Program Evaluation........................................................................................................................ 29 Possible combinations ................................................................................................................................ 32 Commonly Used MSA 699 Research Typologies......................................................................................... 33 Matching the 5 Chapter elements to the Research Typologies.................................................................. 35 Flow Chart for Research Review Application Process................................................................................. 38

THE STUDENT GUIDE TO THE MSA CAPSTONE PROJECT, Part 1
August 2012

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Appendix A: Five Chapter Outline ............................................................................................................... 39 Appendix B: Student Helps...
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