Armadale and Thornlie Railway Lines

Assessment 3 – Research proposal Overview This assessment requires you to design an applied research program to investigate the following planning scenario, drawing on the knowledge and skills rehearsed during the semester.   Scenario The Public Transport Authority wishes to invest in a station upgrade to facilities and infrastructure at one of three rail stations on the Armadale line – Carlisle, Maddington, and Kelmscott. The PTA requires a multi-criteria analysis to help evaluate which station will receive the upgrade. The station that receives the funding should provide for a level of connectivity with other modes of transport (private cars, bus, bike, and pedestrian) suitable to its location, have opportunities for future land development, and support universal access in accordance with the Disability and Discrimination Act, as well as appropriate links with commercial and other land uses. The PTA intends that the station will constitute a design statement appropriate to its surrounding environment.   Develop your research proposal addressing the following: ·      A background overview of the research issue and its context ·      The information that you need to obtain in order to address it. ·      The research objectives that will enable you to meet the client’s brief. ·      A description of the proposed research program as a whole. The program should include: o   An overview of the research design, including what methods you will use to meet each objective. o   A detailed description of each of the methods you will use, including §  An explanation of the research design §  A sampling strategy §  An administration protocol – how you would carry the research out. ·      An outline of how data is to be analyzed to meet the overall research task. ·      A timeline indicating how the research will be carried out over a three-month project, including identifying key project deliverables. Note: You do not need to include the actual research instruments in this assessment. However, the description of methods should be sufficiently detailed to indicate the design of your research instruments. You also do not need to prepare a budget for this assignment. However, you should show an appreciation of what resources may be required to carry out each step of the research, (e.g. personnel, equipment, time, space, specialized expertise, data management software).   Output The assessment format should be in a research proposal style – use headings for the key components. The length of the assessment should be 2,500 words, plus or minus 10%, excluding references. The use of tables and visual communication is encouraged as appropriate to the communication of the tool and scholarly argument. Referencing visual materials is just as essential as for text. See the library guides.   Assessment criteria The general assessment criteria and weighting are:   ·      Explanation of issues 10% ·      Research methodology     30% ·      Solving Problems      20% ·      Student’s position     20% ·      Control of syntax and mechanics      10% ·      Referencing       10%. Learning outcomes addressed 1. Describe and apply a range of research and evaluation methods used in planning research. 2. Evaluate the appropriateness of different research methods for addressing planning problems. 

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