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Title: Aim and Objectives


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Aim and Objectives
  • Professor Marcus Ormerod

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Aim
  • The aim is always singular and is a statement of
    what it is you are seeking to achieve by
    undertaking this research.
  • A good aim is focussed demonstrating that you
    have narrowed down the topic to something that is
    do-able and manageable.
  • An example of an aim is
  • to investigate the impact that poorly designed
    buildings have on the lives of disabled people

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Aim more examples
  • to investigate the barriers that people face in
    accessing poorly designed buildings
  • to investigate the barriers that wheelchair users
    face in accessing poorly designed buildings
  • to investigate the barriers that wheelchair users
    face in accessing public library facilities

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Aim as a research question
  • An alternative to writing the aim as a statement,
    is to consider the aim as a question or as a
    hypothesis.
  • descriptive what is happening?
  • Normative what is happening compared to what
    should happen?
  • Correlation what is the relationship, and the
    strength of this relationship between variable x
    and variable y?
  • Impact what impact does a change in X have on Y?

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Objectives
  • Essentially objectives are statements of intended
    outcomes from the research, not written as
    questions or hypotheses, but written as
    statements.
  • They are written as though you have completed the
    research and are looking back on what you did in
    order to meet the aim of the research.

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Objectives
  • Another way of looking at objectives is to think
    about what it is you need to demonstrate an
    understanding of in order to meet the aim of the
    research.
  • An aim / question / hypothesis would typically
    have about 5 or 6 objectives to support it.
  • Objectives needs to be SMART specific (and
    focused), measureable, achievable, realistic, and
    timely (fit within the timescale for the
    research).
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