The qualitative or quantitative field research pertaining to Dissertation and Thesis Research Projects shall
be carried out in the target organizations through our network of professionals. The respondents shall be
chosen from the industry that may be employees in corporations or practicing professionals. However, it
may please be noted that most of the interviewees, respondents and their respective organizations do not
like their names to be declared in researches and hence their responses shall be included in the research
after ensuring anonymity. The data collection and analysis techniques shall be qualitative as well as
quantitative depending upon the subject area. Academic Help is provided on: OPNET IT GURU,
OMNET++, SPSS, ARENA, LINGO and MS EXCEL.
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The research requirements in dissertations, theses and professional research papers normally comprises of Research Questions or Hypotheses Formation,
formulation of Purpose, Aims and Objectives, Detailed Literature Review, Primary Field Research or Data Collection from reliable sources, Raw Data
Organization & Presentation, Critical Analysis, Conclusions & Generalizations and Recommendations for Further Research. In this context, we present the
following sample outline for theses, research papers and dissertations:
TITLE PAGE (designed as per MLA, Harvard or APA recommendations)
ABSTRACT OR EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF FIGURES
TABLE OF CHARTS OR TABLES
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION
SECTION 1.1: BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT OF THE RESEARCH
SECTION 1.2: RESEARCH QUESTIONS OR HYPOTHESES
SECTION 1.3: RESEARCH AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
SECTION 1.4: RESEARCH PURPOSE
SECTION 1.5: ETHICAL REVIEW
SECTION 1.6: STRUCTURE OF THE DISSERTATION/THESIS
CHAPTER 2: LITERATURE REVIEW
MULTIPLE SECTIONS/SUBSECTIONS CREATED AS PER THE RESEARCH TOPIC AND SUBJECT AREA
CHAPTER 3: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
SECTION 3.1: DISCUSSIONS ON RESEARCH PHILOSOPHY - PRIMARILY INTERPRETIVISM AND POSITIVISM
SECTION 3.2: DISCUSSIONS OF QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES - PHENOMENOGRAPHY, ANTHROPOLOGICAL
ETHNOGRAPHY, ACTION RESEARCH, GROUNDED THEORY, STATISTICAL TECHNIQUES, MATHEMATICAL MODELING, COMPUTER ALGORITHM
GENERATION, LABORATORY EXPERIMENTS, SIMULATIONS, ETC.
SECTION 3.3: RESEARCH INSTRUMENTS, TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES - STRUCTURED, SEMI-STRUCTURED AND UNSTRUCTURED QUESTIONNAIRE,
CAUSE-EFFECT CHARTS, OBSERVATION CHARTS, MICROSOFT EXCEL, OPNET IT GURU, SPSS, ARENA, LINGO, ETC.
SECTION 3.4: SAMPLING, DATA COLLECTION AND DATA ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES
SECTION 3.5: LEARNING APPROACH - INDUCTIVE AND DEDUCTIVE
SECTION 3.6: DESIGN AND EXECUTION OF PILOT
SECTION 3.7: ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
SECTION 3.8: DISCUSSIONS ON FINAL RESEARCH DESIGN
CHAPTER 4: PRIMARY DATA PRESENTATION, DISCUSSIONS AND ANALYSIS
MULTIPLE SECTIONS AND SUBSECTIONS DEPENDING UPON NUMBER OF RESEARCHES CONDUCTED AND NUMBER OF DATA SOURCES
CHAPTER 5: CONCLUSIONS AND GENERALISATIONS
CHAPTER 6: REFLECTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH
REFERENCES (in APA, Harvard, MLA or a customized style required by the customer)
Research Studiesmay be conducted employing either Qualitative or Quantitative methodologies or by combining both methodologies (triangulation).
Qualitative methodology requires an interpretive approach that essentially employs inductive learning and hence the researcher should begin with Research
Questions. Qualitative methodology may involve semi-structured or structured interviews and outcomes need to be interpreted gradually to build the
theoretical foundation. Quantitative methodology requires a positivist approach that essentially requires deductive learnings and hence the researcher should
begin with hypotheses formation. Proving hypotheses requires scientific methods like mathematical modeling, algorithms, statistical analysis, simulations, etc.
We will help you to learn OPNET IT GURU for Networking modeling and simulations and ARENA for Process and workflow modeling and simulations.
Also, we will help you to learn LINGO for mathematical modeling and optimisation and SPSS or MS EXCEL 2007 for statistical analysis.
The choice of Research Methodology largely depends upon the research topic, subject area, purpose and past empirical theories/generalisations that are
related to the topic and subject area. If availability of past empirical theories is inadequate, then the researcher cannot establish sound theoretical foundation to
develop hypotheses. In such a case, the researcher prefers to use qualitative methodology. This methodology is also used in researches where inductive
learning is key to success and the data/information collected cannot be appropriately converted into measurable metrics. Many social and management
research studies lie under this category
Science and Technology research studies that require experimentations or modeling and simulations essentially employ quantitative research methodology.
Many simulation tools automatically generate statistical data and hence the student may just need to analyse the outcomes. However, if data is generated in
the form of numbers only then SPSS or MS Excel can be used to apply the data in statistical models or LINGO can be used to apply the data in mathematical
models. If process or workflow modeling and simulation is required then ARENA (Student's version) is the best tool that can be adopted. For finance
dissertations, MS EXCEL XP, 2003 or 2007 is sufficient to apply the calculations estecially when data is taken from cash flow, income and balance sheet
statements published in annual reports. Calculations in all company valuation dissertations can be carried out using MS EXCEL.
ETCO INDIA charges extra for teaching ARENA, SPSS, LINGO, OMNET++ and OPNET IT GURU based modeling/simulations. We do not charge extra for
Excel based calculations. Customers are provided hands on training over SKYPE and Teamviewer on their respective computers such that they can not only
run the models and simulations in their own computers but also learn them thoroughly to face the examiners. If you wish to place orders on us, please go
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