College of Nursing
Title in English
Keep the title brief and clear. Use active verbs instead of complex noun-based phrases, and avoid unnecessary details. A good title for a research paper is typically around 10 to 12 words long. Keep the study site anonymous in the title.
Title in Arabic
Thesis Proposal Submitted
In Partial Fulfillment of The requirements for
Master degree in Nursing in ………………
The introduction gives readers an understanding about the research problem and its context as well as providing sufficient background for readers to understand why you chose this study. The introduction has a few paragraphs that highlight the main study’s concepts or variables and their conceptual definitions and discuss the problem identification, background, scope of the problem (prevalence nationally and internationally), knowledge gap, and proposed solution. It means you will incorporate the problem statement with the introduction and answer the question: “What is the gap that needs to be filled?” and/or “What is the problem that needs to be solved?” Support all ideas with findings from the literature and cite them according to APA Style, 6th ed using Endnote or Mendeley. The full reference to each citation must appear on a separate reference page(s) entitled ‘References’. The introduction can be 2 to 3 pages long.
Significance of the Study
You focus on significance of and need for the study. Why is it important to conduct the study? Build a strong case for your topic’s importance and its need in nursing (the implication to nursing education, practice, research, and policy). Support all ideas with findings from the literature and cite them according to APA Style, 6th ed. It can be 2 to 3 pages long.
Purpose of the Study
“The aim of this study is to….” “The purpose of this research is to examine…” or “This study aims at ascertaining ….” This aim will be achieved through the following objectives: This should be the specific aims of the study.
Conceptual /Theoretical Framework
Under this heading, name and define the theoretical or conceptual model that underpins the study. Place a diagram of the model. The research hypothesis should be derived from the specific aims of the study and theoretical framework. You can also list your research questions. They must be written using an acronym (PICOT) as a guide.
Under literature review heading, present a critical, current state of knowledge about main study concept/s. It is important summarize, synthesize, and critique the exiting literature. Then, you can recognize relationships among studies and pinpoint to trends, gaps, and inconsistencies in the literature. You are demonstrating your familiarity with the topic and illustrating how your research questions and approach are different from other existing studies.
You should mainly use primary source of research reports, which are descriptions of studies written by the researchers who conducted them. You can organize your literature review based on your concepts as recognizable topic and begin each with a sub-heading. Avoid listing studies and saying “Alzharni says X, Aldawsari says Y” and try to look for trends and themes and then tying and synthesizing related information. Avoid including all the studies on the subject and use only those studies that are directly relevant to your subject. You start each heading with defining your concept, provide relevant statistical information, and current background information, followed by how the concepts are studied and how they are related. Focus on the findings from the literature that are central to your study. Conclude the review of literature with a concise summary of the literature and provide a rationale for conducting your study. It can be 6 to 10 pages long.
A description of the research design, such as a cross-sectional, experimental, quasi- experimental
Study Setting and Sample
Give brief descriptions about the study setting (where the data will be collected). Describe the population under study and identify the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Describes the actual sample and how participants will be recruited. I mean the sample technique, such as convenience sampling, random sampling, purposive sampling. Provide the sample size and how it was calculated (e.g. using power analysis).
Data Collection Procedure
Describe the methods and procedures will be used to collect the data, such as survey, structured interviews, naturalistic observation, or questionnaire.
You need sub-heading for each scale that is going to be used, including the its assumptions, scoring, reliability, validity, and the permission to use the tool. Provide specific reliability and validity data for the subscales. If you are going to adapt and translate a scale, explain the procedures of the adaption and translation (content validation) and how it will be pilot tested. Organize this part based on measured concepts.
Give detailed descriptions about the study ethical process, including Institutional Review Board application, informed consent, the principles of ethics (i.e. beneficence, justice, human dignity). You need to describe how confidentiality procedures and debriefings will be achieved.
Indicate which analytic tool you will use, such Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) program and the number of used version. Specify the descriptive statistic will be used to describe the sample major variables. Specify exactly the planned statistical test you will use and provide a well-thought-out rationale for your decision to use this statistical test and its assumptions. For example, if you have to compare between two groups you have to choose t-test with alpha level 0.05 and how t-test assumptions will examined.
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Original scales or questionnaires. If an instrument is copyrighted, permission in writing to reproduce the instrument from the copyright holder or proof of purchase of the instrument.