Aims, Objectives and Outcomes

  • The aim refers to what you want to achieve, state in one sentence
    • The aim of this research proposal is to …
    • The aim of this research project is to …..
    • To explore…
  • The objective is how you are going to achieve it
  • The deliverables are objects which you will produce along the way
  • These are not hypotheses and are often used as key components within the action plan
  • The outcomes are what the artefact will allow us to achieve:
    • Increase in processing speed will give a quicker response time
    • A load balance across multiple nodes will reduce the risk of server crashing
  • Some universities and students like to divide the objectives into different groups, but this is dependent on your report as you may not have business objectives.
    • Report objectives
    • Personal objectives
    • Technical objectives
    • Business objectives
  • They can be highlighted in a table, written in bullet points or within-text
  • I have highlighted two of the most common approaches below
    • Ask your supervisor which method they require\ want

 

Computer Science tend to prefer this approach 

  • Aim
    • The aim of this research project is to explore the relationship between customers and website interaction leading to a confirmed sale
  • Objectives
    • To investigate (alternative solution or software)
    • To design (an artefact to overcome problem)
    • To explore (potential software requirements)
    • To examine (how users interact with the software)
    • To compare (performance or features)
    • To document (the system using technical drawings)
  • Deliverables
    • Write (a literature review on ‘topic’)
    • Create (a project plan in the form of a Gantt chart)
    • Produce (design documentation)
    • Manufacture (a prototype of the ‘software’)
    • Test (the function of the prototype)
    • Demonstrate (the ‘software’ solving the problem)
    • See deliverables

 

Social Sciences tend to prefer this approach

No Aim Objective   Measure or Outcome
1 (I want) to explore the relationship between the teaching assistants estimation of students level of engagement and disruption during the course of a lesson I will achieve this by using the captured data from the teaching assistant ratings to plot a line graph to identify the relationship between the students level of engagement and disruption during the course of a lesson The line graph will show that has the students level of engagement increases the level of disruption decreases
2 (I want) to explore the relationship between the teaching assistants estimation of student targets success along with levels of engagement and disruption I will achieve this by using the captured data from the teaching assistant ratings to plot a line graph to identify the relationship between the students level of engagement and disruption and target success during the course of a lesson The line graph will show that has the students level of engagement increases their target success will also increase but their level of disruption will decrease
3 (I want) to compare the teaching assistant rating values with that of the teacher when assessing the students targets success along with levels of engagement and disruption I will achieve this by using the captured data from teachers and teaching assistants  a line graph will be plotted to show any divergence relationship between the teacher and teaching assistants ratings. The line graph will show that the teaching assistant ratings for engagement, disruption and target success will reflect that of the teacher

 

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