Stepping-stone one: Topic Proposal (This is a part of the building block assignment)
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The topic proposal is the first phase of your research project. The purpose of this assignment is for you to propose a topic of interest and begin researching it. For the first part of this assignment, you will write a short introduction (1 page) of the topic/question of interest. These pages should introduce your topic. You will want to have an attention getter, justification statements, thesis and preview of your main points. Your topic proposal must focus on communication behavior. You need to make sure that there is some sort of message focused behavior being discussed.
After providing this overview, provide the following:
Preliminary research question or hypothesis. This may change as your paper develops, but please provide the RQ or H as you are currently thinking about the topic.
Conceptual definitions for all IV(s) and DV(s).
Use third person (i.e., avoid “I”, “me”, “you”, etc.) to help get you comfortable with this type of writing.
After you have your topic defined, you need 6 peer reviewed journals for your bibliography in APA format. Use journals from the Communication discipline. An easy way to find these journals is using COMABSTRACTS through the ASU library. See the list provided for approved communication articles. Keep these journals recent. You should search for articles that:
Help describe the problem you are studying and why it is important
Define key variables or concepts
Provide a theoretical foundation for your argument
Help establish the links in your argument/explain why you think something should happen
Describes previous research on the key variable, population, etc.
Address the same question you are interested in only in a different setting, population, etc.
You will be graded on:
Do you have an introductory paragraph?
Do you have 6 journals?
Are they in APA format?
Do your conceptual definitions make sense and clearly define the phenomenon you are interested in?
Is your topic communication based?