Variables, Hypotheses, and Relations
This week's Discussion will assist you in starting the Final Project. This is
the only Discussion in this course that relates directly to this assignment.
Ensuing work on the Final Project will be done as written assignments submitted
to the Instructor for evaluation.
To prepare for this Discussion:
Review Chapter 3, "Elements of Research" in the
course text Research Methods in the Social Sciences, as well as the
quantitative sections of Chapters 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 in the course text from
RSCH 8101, Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods
Review the Final Project Description document, located in
the Learning Resources.
Select an empirical research problem to focus on for this
Discussion and, in turn, for the Final Project.
Identify the units of analysis. How can you support that
these are reasonable items to compare? How can you avoid the ecological and
individualistic fallacies with respect to units of analysis?
Determine two researchable hypotheses for the research problem
you have selected and the independent, dependent, and control variables for
What changes in magnitude and relations do you expect
between the dependent and independent variables for each hypothesis?
With these thoughts
Post by Day 3: 2 or 3 paragraphs in which you do the following:
Identify your selected empirical research problem and the
units of analysis. Include support for these units as being reasonable for
comparison and how you would avoid the ecological and individualistic
Determine two researchable hypotheses based on your research
problem. For each hypothesis, identify the independent, dependent, and control
variables. Moreover, estimate expected changes in the magnitude and relations
between the dependent and independent variables.
The topic would be microfinance
institutions and performance of small-scale enterprises. Same as what we are using for my final project. Its only a discussion so no more than 4 paragraphs