Unit Learning Outcomes addressed:

  • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the major steps involved in conducting research.
  • Demonstrate an extended understanding of various business research designs and methods, and be able to evaluate and explain their strengths and weaknesses in research designs for particular projects.
  • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of ethical issues in research and an advanced understanding of appropriate procedures and protocols applicable to these issues.
  • Critically review and evaluate research literature.
  • Design research for a particular project, explaining the limitations, advantages, and technical and ethical implications of the techniques employed.
  • Select, justify and design questions suitable for a survey instrument and be able to analyse survey data in relation to a particular research question.
  • Prepare a formal research proposal investigating an innovative and/or unresolved research question.

Criteria for Research Ethics Proposal Assessment 3:

  • Knowledge and Understanding
  • Content and exploration of theories and ideas
  • Analysis, synthesis and critical engagement
  • Technical skills and referencing

Submission Date:

Week 12 Sunday at 11:59 pm

Total Mark & Weighting:

40 marks | 40%

Students are advised that any submissions past the due date without an approved extension or approved extenuating circumstances incur a 5% penalty per calendar day, calculated from the total mark e.g. a task marked out of 40 will incur a 2- mark penalty per calendar day.

Assessment Task Description For Assessment 3 Research Ethics Proposal:


Organizational citizenship behaviour is defined as employees’ behaviours that are discretionary and “not directly or explicitly recognized by the formal reward system, and that in the aggregate promotes the effective functioning of the organization” (Organ, 1988).

That is an employee’s favourable behaviour that is not specified in the person’s contract and is not an enforceable requirement of the employee’s role. Organizational Citizenship Behaviour (OCB), leadership styles, and perceived justice are essential for organizational success. However, these constructs have not been adequately studied together within the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) context. Thus, research is being conducted to assess the effects of leadership styles and perceived justice on organizational citizenship behaviour of employees of SMEs in Sydney, Australia. This study will use a cross-sectional survey as the research design. The convenience sampling technique will be used to select a sample size of 305. The questionnaire will be used to collect the data. Data will be analysed using multiple regression.



Based on the scenario, develop a research ethics proposal to be submitted to the Excelsia College Ethics committee for approval. You must use the Research Ethics Proposal templates attached, for this assessment.

You must;

  1. Identify a relevant title for the project
  2. Identify and define the research problem
  3. State 2 aims for the research
  4. Explain the need for and value of the research.
  5. List your research questions or hypotheses.
  6. Outline the research design and methodology
  7. Indicate whether the research is the first stage of a larger project.
  8. Who will be approached or recruited to be research participants? How many participants will be involved in your study?
  9. List the selection and, if appropriate to your study, the exclusion criteria for participants.
  10. How will you recruit respondents for your research?
  11. How will you provide detailed information about the study to potential participants?
  12. Describe how you will obtain consent to participate from those volunteering as participants for the research.
  13. Detail how will you ensure that participants do not feel under any obligation to assist you with your research as participants.
  14. Describe how you will preserve participants’ confidentiality as you collect and analyse the data and when you report the results
  15. If there are any potential risks (physical, emotional, social or legal) to individual participants’ wellbeing (beyond those normally encountered in everyday life) as a result of their involvement in the research, detail the steps that will be taken to address these risks including any support facilities such as counselling, debriefings or referrals.
  16. If there are any potential safety implications for yourself as the researcher (beyond those normally encountered in everyday life) please indicate how these will be addressed.
  17. If research participants will receive any payment, reimbursement, or other benefits from participation in the research, please detail this and provide a justification for the level of compensation.
  18. Describe briefly how the research data will be recorded, for example, audiotape, videotape, or written notes.
  19. Describe what you will do with the recorded data once it has been analysed.
  20. Specify who apart from yourself (and your supervisors if applicable) will have access to the research data and results, and any conditions to be placed on that access.
  21. Detail who will own the data and the results of your research.
  22. Create Timelines for the research study

NB: You must use relevant sources to support your arguments where necessary.

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