For this exercise you will need to use two separate sources: APUS Online Library

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For this exercise you will need to use two separate sources: APUS Online Library System “Peer Reviewed” and a general non-APUS Lib (general web search like Google) source.
Conduct a web search on the technology topic of your choice. State the keywords that you used for research. Formulate a possible research problem around that topic, then explore possible variables, state them, then construct a hypothesis for your research problem. Also, discuss your challenges on your web searches from the two sources stated above. Provide the following below
Provide some keywords used for your research
Share the research topic you selected and why
Whats are some questions you may consider about your topic?
1. Share your problem statement for your research
2. Share your purpose statement for your research
3. Share the significance of your study
4. What are your independent and dependent variables?
5. Provide your research questions (at least two)
6. Convert your research questions to hypotheses (at least one null hypothesis and one alternative hypothesis; the hypothesis is a statement and not a question)
7. Provide a list of five scholarly articles
Week 3 – Kumar Chapt 4,5,6,7
Chapter 4 – Research is intended to draw conclusions about a general subject or population based on data taken from a smaller sample. The larger the sample, the more reliable the conclusions.
A research study means formulating a model based on data or observations, to see if you can predict future outcomes based on different data or new observations. Sometimes the model is quantitative, relying on mathematics. Other times, the model is qualitative, relying on comparisons or evidence and observations showing a relationship.
Sometimes there is difficulty when trying to formulate a question, opinion (or hypothesis) into a researchable problem. Formulating the research is like creating the foundation for a building. You should choose a topic which interests you, and which motivates you, since the research itself will be time-consuming. You must narrow-down the scope of the topic so that you can finish the work within the allotted time. The topic should be specific. If you choose a topic that is too broad, or too vague, you may not be able to finish your work by the end date, and your work will show that you are not finished. When you choose a concept for research, you must be clear about what exactly will be measured so that it will clearly relate to your hypothesis. If you are working with data, you must determine early in your work whether data is actually available to you. If you are working with a population, you must be careful to avoid adverse reactions from the subjects, who may also be reluctant to share information, or who may be upset by being the subject of an examination. You should have some familiarity with the research topic. You must know if sufficient scholarly literature exists that will help support your research.
Follow the steps listed in Chapter 4 of Kumar.
Identify the field that interests you
Dissect the broad into narrowly-defined s aspects
Select the narrow aspect that is most interesting
What do you want to find out? What is the research question?
Formulate objectives – Use phrases such as “…to find out..”, or “ determine..”
Are your objectives feasible? Do you have the time, the resources to finish?
Double-check yourself on the above answers
Look at Kumar examples 1, 2 and 3 in chapter 4. What is the makeup, or characteristics of your study population? What are the characteristics that may separate your study population from the global population of possible respondents? Is your sample population representative of the total population? What are the measurements you want to observe? You must also remove ambiguity from your definitions and from your methods for research.
Chapter 5 – A Variable is a concept that can take on a value that can serve as a measurement. Variable values can be numeric, or that can be discreet (A or B, Hi-Medium-Low). By deciding on the values to be measured, you are operationalizing the concept being examined.
An independent variable can stand alone, does not depend on anything else to get its value (red light or green light). A dependent variable relies on another variable to receive its value (moving or stopped). The researcher creates, or theorizes, a model of reality and tests it by manipulating the independent variable and then measuring the dependent variable to see the effect. Does the model demonstrate whether the dependent variable increases or decreases as the independent variable is increased or decreased by the researcher? (see Hughes Chapter 4).

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