Students should complete the assigned reading, design and
a comparative study according to this model:
1. Introduction: It should introduce the topic statement in the form of a clearly
stated hypothesis, as well as, describe the method to be employed. Define or describe
terms and models used. The hypothesis should be designed to be tested through the use of
quantitative analysis based on charts that can demonstrate causal relationships.
2. Literature review: How does your research relate to previous research? Does it
improve, update, reformulate, and validate; utilize different nations or factors? This
should be about 2 pages minimum and review a minimum of 6 sources.
3. Data: You will utilize data to investigate trends, causal relationships, and
positive or negative correlation. The data should be clearly presented in the form of
charts, graphs or tables. Layout and clarity are important considerations.
"XY-scatters" charts with trendlines may be useful to illustrate your data.
4. Conclusions: The data should be interpreted to examine patterns, confirm or deny the
hypothesis, and describe the lessons learned. You should use background reading to support
5. Research assessment: This section should describe any problems with the hypothesis,
data, or research method. It should include a critique of existing studies and literature,
as well as, suggestions for project revisions and future research. NOTE: The
projects failures are as significant as its successes. You should be testing the
method. This is the most important part of the project.
6. Work cited A description of the source of data and other background material.