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Methodology

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The methodology section needs to describe how you will develop your analysis section.

 

Your literature review gives the landscape of what is out there about the topic. The methodology section will explain how you will work through your resources of information to get to an answer or possible answer of your research question.

 

Generally, in full-blown dissertations, the methodology will described some standard research method that the researcher is using to work. In the case of the capstone, in most cases, students are not doing full-blown research, so they will use methods that usually rely on other published research and data from their workplace or case studies that they can find.

 

For generic discussion of a variety of research methodologies, read here: http://www.ehow.com/how_6571906_writing-methodology-dissertation.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qualitative_research and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantitative_methods 

 

In most cases, your methodology will be an extension and a deepening of the process of the lit review. The methodology will select those works and other background works necessary to understand the problem more deeply and to respond to the research question in a systematic way. The methodology in this cases should be a thorough analysis of the literature, case studies, and possibly other information available concerning the research question.  one should include here for example, information from discussion forums, conversations with experts, and possibly some current adoption of practices that your are investigating. In the methodology section, students will need to 'dissect' the research question and develop all the topics and subtopics that need to be looked at and list then how they will analyze those topics in order to answer the research questions.

 

This is called in many cases a systematic review. Here is an extensive explanation of what systematic review means: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MJu6bhXqTMkGyugnwOhk2GPkpuqhpSECpwCEXFpW9MA/edit?hl=en&authkey=CLeI0scE 

 

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