Lecture 2_Research planning

Lecture 2_Research planning - Research planning Defining a...

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Unformatted text preview: Research planning Defining a research question Applying creativity to develop new research ideas Ensuring the proposed research has relevance to prior scientific knowledge Ensuring the proposed research is technically feasible and can be completed with available resources Determining how conclusions can be drawn Components of Theories and Their roles Concept : Any term that can be defined and is used in an axiom or postulation Axioms : A proposition assumed to be true and used in defining the body of scientific knowledge to be used Postulate : A proposition to be investigated by measuring its concepts. Data statement : The specifications for the data collected to test a postulate Hypothesis : A data statement constructed to give a logical test of a postulate Question : I wonder how animals use the piles of logs deposited by floods along a river plains? Propositions of what is assumed : Axiom 1: Debris piles are an important component of stream ecosystems Axiom 2: Debris piles in forested areas provide habitat and/or forage for small mammals Axiom 3: Small mammals use riparian areas Critical analysis of research questions Question...
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2012 for the course ENVIRONMET 340 taught by Professor Dr.pan during the Winter '11 term at Portland State.

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