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This assignment is a group research project. Students who do not participate will get a zero
(0) score. Each group will create a topic for research. The topic chosen must be related to
‘Access Control.’ The research project should be at least 10 pages in length. Each section of
the research project has specific requirements. In this assignment, a paragraph is 4-6 sentences
directed towards a specific topic. Using APA 6th Edition format, each group should provide the
following information about their research project.
➢ Research topic: o Introduced and described to establish the main ideas and context of the proposed
study (At least 2 paragraphs at least 6 different citations)
➢ Provide an overview of the research project
o (Provide credible information from authors or practitioners who have conducted
research in this discipline and have recommended more research is needed) (At
least 3 paragraphs at least 9 different intext citations)
➢ Provide a problem statement for the research project
o (At least 2 paragraphs at least 6 different citations)
➢ Provide a purpose statement for the research project
o (At least 2 paragraphs at least 6 different citations)
➢ Provide a research question for the project
o (Qualitative research questions should start with the words what or how….
Quantitative should start with is, are, or why)
➢ Hypotheses (quant)/Propositions (qual)
o (At least 2 paragraphs at least 6 different citations)
➢ Theoretical Perspectives (quant) /Conceptual Framework (qual)
o (At least 3 paragraphs at least 9 different citations)
➢ Significance of the Study
o (At least 3 paragraphs at least 6 different citations)
➢ Definition of Terms
o 15 with cited definitions
➢ General overview of the research methodology and design (explaining why they were chosen)
o (At least 3 paragraphs at least 9 different citations)
Conclusion
A PowerPoint presentation will also be conducted. More information on this process will be conveyed
during the residency session.REASEARCH QUESTION: How to prevent unauthorized access using imitation fingerprints.PLEASE USE ATTACHED TEMPLATE. THIS IS QUALITATIVE METHODOLOGY FOR REASEARCH PAPERQuestionnaire:What is fingerprint biometrics and how does this work.What is verification and identification?What is template, minutiae and match score?Different types of templates?What is threshold?Will this fingerprint work for people with age 50+How to prevent fake access to property using fingerprinting (Different types of attempts).Different kinds of security level based on location.Will it grant access to people without proper fingerprints(people doing hard jobs)Problems with weather conditions. Differentiate between different types of security levels.
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[REPLACE WITH YOUR DISSERTATION TITLE]
A Dissertation Presented in Partial Fulfillment of the
Requirements for the Degree of
Doctor of [Management or Computer Science]
By
[Replace with your Name]
Colorado Technical University
[Replace with Month, Year of Completion]
Committee
[Mentor name], [Degree], Chair
[Committee Name], [Degree], Committee Member
[Committee Name], [Degree], Committee Member
__________________________________________
Date Approved
© [Replace with your name], [Replace with Year of Completion]
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements………………………………………………..Error! Bookmark not defined.
Table of Contents……………………………………………………………………………………………… ii
List of Tables ………………………………………………………..Error! Bookmark not defined.
List of Figures …………………………………………………………………………………………………. iv
Chapter One …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1
Topic Overview/Background………………………………………………………………………….. 1
Problem Opportunity Statement ……………………………………………………………………… 2
Purpose Statement…………………………………………………………………………………………. 3
Research Question(s) …………………………………………………………………………………….. 4
Hypotheses/Propositions………………………………………………………………………………… 6
Theoretical Perspectives/Conceptual Framework………………………………………………. 8
Assumptions/Biases ………………………………………………………………………………………. 8
Significance of the Study ……………………………………………………………………………….. 9
Delimitations………………………………………………………………………………………………. 11
Limitations …………………………………………………………………………………………………. 11
Definition of Terms……………………………………………………………………………………… 12
General Overview of the Research Design……………………………………………………… 13
Summary of Chapter One …………………………………………………………………………….. 13
Organization of Dissertation (or Proposal) ……………………………………………………… 14
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Chapter Two…………………………………………………………………………………………………… 15
Review and Discussion of the Literature ………………………………………………………… 15
Summary of Literature Review……………………………………………………………………… 16
Chapter Three…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 17
Research Tradition(s)…………………………………………………………………………………… 17
Research Questions……………………………………………………………………………………… 17
Research Design………………………………………………………………………………………….. 18
Sampling Procedure …………………………………………………………………………………….. 18
Instrumentation …………………………………………………………………………………………… 19
Validity ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 20
Reliability…………………………………………………………………………………………………… 21
Data Collection …………………………………………………………………………………………… 22
Data Analysis ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 23
Ethical Considerations …………………………………………………………………………………. 24
Summary of Chapter Three…………………………………………………………………………… 25
References……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 27
Appendix……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 28
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List of Figures
[Add List of Figures here]
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Chapter One
Dissertation topic is introduced and described to establish the main ideas and context of
Commented [SM1]: This information is not intended to
be a fill in the blank template; rather, the information is
provided as training material so you understand what is
expected. Compare your writing to the Dissertation
Template and the Dissertation Checklist.
the proposed study … something like………..
———————————————————————–Sustainable management skills have become increasingly important in electronic design
project management (reference, 2012), especially for managers working in [indicate your
concentration relationship]. These skills have a vital effect in [indicate the importance]. Thus,
Commented [SM2]: This is the research topic. Notice how
the research topic is presented first.
Go to the problem / research question that needs a solution
and your research will address.
Notice, there are no questions presented here. Present
issues/concerns indicating research that is needed.
[your concentration] managers have many important responsibilities, including the development
of [indicate how your research is a needed solution to resolving issues within your topic domain]
Then, in the next section, you present the background of
these issues/concerns.
This introduction is approximately one page.
(reference, 2009; reference, 2013).
The goal of this study is to understand, from the standpoint of …………, which [indicate
topic solutions] and managers consider valuable with respect to [your research topic]. The
significant meaning of [your topic solution] is …………. (reference, 2012; reference, 2006).
However, [your research topic] are often complicated by the dissimilar perceptions concerning
what [your research solution should indicate] (reference, 2014; reference, 2014; reference, 2014).
Organizations often struggle to maintain …………… (reference, 2014; reference, 2009).
Thus, understanding [your topic], such as ……………, can uncover ………… needed to
………….. (reference, 2012). Toward this end, [your topic solution] is dependent upon the
diverse nature of ……………. (reference, 2014; reference, 2014).
Well-established [your topic solutions] are vital to ………. success (reference, 2012).
Toward this end, [your topic solution] reduces ………….. (reference, 2011; reference, 2011).
One scheme to [reduce your topic problem] failures could be to …………… (reference, 2011;
reference, 2011; reference, 2014).
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The primary concern that a [your concentration] manager must resolve regarding [your
topic] issues is to ensure ………….. (reference, 2004; reference, 2010). Thus, [your
concentration] managers must have the ………….. to accomplish ……….. essential to the
organization’s success. Delineating the [your topic solution] needed in a [type of] company is a
complicated, vague, and complex issue due to the …………. involved (reference, 2012).
The …………. industry [or organizations] needs ……….. to maintain a successful
……………… (reference, 2013; reference, 2013). However, focused research on …………. is
needed to ensure …………….. can be achieved.
Topic Overview/Background
Dissertation topic is introduced and described to establish the main ideas and context of
the proposed study … something like ………..
———————————————————————–Over the past two decades, the [environment of your problem] has changed. While
……… have improved, ………….. aspects have not achieved the same level of expectations
(reference, 2013). Toward this end, research investigations have indicated [a shortage or gap in
the knowledge that is needed – what is this] (reference, 2013; reference, 2009). This lack of
……….. is creating ……………., which must be improved to ……………. Therefore,
………….. research is needed to ……………… (reference, 2013).
The review of past and current research offered ……………. in a ………….. setting
(reference, 2014). However, practitioners and researchers have given only a nominal thought to
……………. In other studies, researchers have ……………. and ……………. (reference, 2013;
reference, 2006). Follow-on research has addressed ……………., but ………….. still remains
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unsolved. Thus, from these rudimentary determinations, it is conceivable to [do what] to
understand [what] within [what] environments.
Commented [SM4]: Focuses on area of research interest
[your concentration] managers have typically understood …………….. Overall, [your
topic and its solutions] play a significant role that is central to ……………… (reference, 2013).
Earlier research has exposed ……………. (reference, 2011). Hence, the desire is to
…………….. (reference, 2009). Based on these findings, studies have surveyed [summarization
of what has been done] (reference, 2009; reference, 2011).
Commented [SM5]: Lays the groundwork for what has
been done in the research area.
[The types of solutions you envision] are necessary to [do what] are an essential, critical
factor to [your topic’s] present and future survival (reference, 2014). However, [work in your
topic area] continue to advance and evolve. Thus, present-day [activities and scenarios applicable
to the problem you see needs to be addressed] are forcing …………….. [your concentration]
managers to incorporate new ……………………. (reference, 2009). As such, …………. need to
evolve to maintain and improve current ……………… and become more effective to
……………….. (reference, 2011; reference, 2013).
Commented [SM6]: Why is research area of importance
to practical concerns
Problem Statement
-Discusses the general issue/observation that in practice leads to the need for a study
-Citations are 5 years old or less from peer-reviewed literature or Government databases
-Problem identified is a practical problem versus a theoretical problem
-Problem is directly connected to degree type and concentrations
…………..something like………..
———————————————————————–My suggestions for writing a problem statement are …….
Elements of a Problem Statement include
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–A cited statement of the specialty-related problem
–Anchor the problem using a number or statistic to illustrate its significance for doctoral
research
–Identifying the gap in the literature regarding the problem
–Indicating how the proposed study might fill the gap
———————————————————————–Using these suggestions, a problem opportunity statement could be….
Commented [SM8]: My comments on what you should be
considering when writing the problem opportunity statement.
The problem to be addressed in the proposed study is the significant distrust in automated
medical records, which is causing more than 10,000 deaths each year (Jones, 2015). The lack of
medical record data security is known to be the primary reason patients do not feel safe with
automated medical records (Smith, 2013). Once the characteristics of safe medical records are
determined, automated medical records could be established with the necessary safe aspects
expected by the using public (Green, 2014).
Commented [SM9]: Prepare something like this for your
problem opportunity statement.
Notice how the above paragarph contains the four elements of a problem statement and
satisfies the Dissertation checklist.
Add a second paragraph to the problem opportunity statement if you believe it is needed.
Purpose Statement
Qualitative

After establishing the statement of the problem, align the purpose statement with the
problem statement

The purpose statement identifies the direction and goals of the proposed/accomplished
work

The following content should be considered for inclusion in a purpose statement
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The strategy of inquiry

The study’s method of conveying learning

The central phenomenon of the study

The participants in the study

The site of the research

The phenomenon or primary idea used to focus the study

A tentative definition of the central phenomenon
Quantitative

After establishing the statement of the problem, align the purpose statement with the
problem statement

The purpose statement identifies the direction and goals of the proposed/accomplished
work

The following content should be considered for inclusion in a purpose statement
– The study type description
– The study’s independent variable, dependent variable, and control variable
– Participants
– The geographical location of the study
– Definitions of the independent variable, dependent variable, and control variable
– Additional results the study may provide
– The intended users of the research results
————————————From the checklist … Suggest a paragraph for each of the bulleted items.

Concise statements describing the intent of the study
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Aligns with the problem
Indicates the reason for the study
Research method is identified
Research design is identified
Quantitative studies identify the variables/constructs
Qualitative studies identify the phenomenon/concepts
Identifies specific population
Identifies the number of participants
Identifies the geographic location of the study
Research Question
-Questions are aligned with problem and purpose (i.e., research questions are the problem
stated as a question)
-Research questions are not answerable with a “Yes” or “No” response
———————————————————————–•
Research questions are for the researcher only

Research questions guide the researcher’s thinking to ensure the proper data are
collected, which answers the problem in the problem statement or fills the noted gap

Qualitative research questions should start with the words what or how
– Creswell (2009) indicated these words indicate an openness and emergence of
design, which addresses the phenomenon of interest
– Your qualitative study will have one overarching research question
– Qualitative research questions are developed based on a central question
– Qualitative research questions do not have hypotheses
Qualitative Research Question example …
If the problem sentence is … The problem to be addressed in the proposed study is since 1980,
more than 50% of small business start-ups fail in the first 5 years because the leadership
competencies for start-up IT managers have not been established (Greene, 2012).
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Then the purpose sentence is … The purpose of the proposed qualitative phenomenological
study is to explore the leadership competencies for start-up IT managers.
Then the research question is … What are the leadership competencies for start-up IT managers?
Quantitative Research Question example …
Focus your research questions on the possible relationship (correlation) between/among
variables, only. Consider formatting your research questions as
To what extent, if any, does (independent variable) relate to (dependent variable)
for (participants) at (the research site)?
In addition, hypotheses are needed for quantitative questions
Hypothesis statement format
H10:
H1A:

H10: IT flexibility is not correlated to IT effectiveness

H1A: IT flexibility is correlated to IT effectiveness
Example
To what extent, if any, is there a significant influence of operational software types (independent
variable [IV]) on user satisfaction (dependent variable [DV]) within small manufacturing
businesses?
H10: A correlation does not exist between operational software types (IV) and
user satisfaction (DV) within small manufacturing businesses
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H1A: A correlation does exist between operational software types (IV) and user
satisfaction (DV) within small manufacturing businesses
Hypotheses/Propositions
You do not have both. Hypotheses are used for quantitative research. Proposition is used
for qualitative research.
—————————————-From the checklist ….
Quantitative
– Rationale for the hypotheses is provided
– Both null and alternative hypotheses are provided
– Hypotheses are testable with each variable operationalized
– Phrasing of hypotheses reflects nature of analysis (i.e., comparison, relationship, or association)
Qualitative
– Provide statements that direct the focus of the study
Theoretical Perspectives/Conceptual Framework
You do not have both. Your framework is the theoretical/conceptual boundary of your
study; your problem is somewhere within the framework (theoretical framework = quantitative;
conceptual framework = qualitative; not both)
Your writing should indicate the chosen theory and the establishment of a framework
within which your study fits
An analogy
The fence around your backyard is the framework
The framework captures a set of concepts, ideas, and theories, which define or
establish a topic field or domain
Somewhere within the backyard, you will plant a tree (your study)
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word not associated with your study.
-Quantitative should use Hypotheses
-Qualitative should use Propositions
-Other methods usually use Proposition
Your framework section describes where you intend to plant your tree within the
established framework, with justification from the literature that supports
your planting decisions
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcnufgQzMjc is an example
——————————————————–Here are the checklist items. Suggest a paragraph for each bulleted item






Presents an overview of the broad conceptual and/or theoretical framework of the study
Describes how the research problem/questions are “bounded” by the framework
Indicates the theory under which the research falls
Establishes how proposed research “fits” with other research in the field
Discusses issues, perspectives, and, if appropriate, controversies in the field
Demonstrates familiarity with historical and current literature
Assumptions/Biases

Within the study, basic assumptions underlie the discussions of your topic (facts assumed
to be true, but not verified). Examples might be
– Participant confidentiality or anonymity issues are removed by design
– Cultural and environmental factors are inherent and cannot be removed by proper
design
– Sample size determines the variability of the population
– The participants chosen have insights to topic being studied
– Your methodology is appropriate for your problem
– Your methodology requires [fill i …
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