Method Portion

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Running Head: MANUSCRIPT 1

Manuscript Title Here
Student Name

A Capstone Presented in Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements for the Degree
Master of Healthcare Administration

KAPLAN UNIVERSITY
August 2014
Abstract

Type your abstract here. Write a concise summary of the key points of your research. (Do not indent.) Your abstract should contain at least your research topic,
research questions, participants, methods, results, data analysis, and conclusions. You may also include possible implications of your research and future work you
see connected with your findings. Your abstract should be a single paragraph double-spaced. Your abstract should be between 150 and 250 words.

Dedication
This is where you can write a dedication. This occurs ONLY when you submit your final capstone in Unit 9.

Acknowledgements
This is where you can write acknowledgements. This occurs ONLY when you submit your final capstone in Unit 9.

Table of Contents
Abstract2
Table of Contents5
List of Tables7
List of Figures8
Background9
General Problem Statement9
Specific Problem Statement9
Purpose Statement9
Research Questions10
Hypotheses10
Definition of Terms11
Literature Review12
Overview of Literature Concept 112
Overview of Literature Concept 212
Overview of Literature Concept 312
Method13
Research Method and Design Appropriateness13
Population13
Sampling Frame13
Data Collection14
Data Analysis14
Findings15
Limitations15
Use and Application of Findings15
Conclusion16
References17

List of Tables
Include a list of tables if you use any tables in your capstone. Most students do not have tables in their work. If you elect not to have tables, delete this page and
update the table of contents (be sure it is double-spaced when you are done).

List of Figures
Include a list of figures if you use any tables in your capstone. Most students do not have tables in their work. If you elect not to have figures, delete this page
and update the table of contents (be sure it is double-spaced when you are done).

Manuscript Title Here (from the title page)
Type your introduction here. Remember to include an overview of what your manuscript aims to do (e.g. research a problem, identify a new management concept, etc.).
Background
This is an informative paragraph that helps the reader understand why you chose this topic. Review the background of the topic and elaborate here. Use language such
as, Thefollowing section will discuss the background of the topic.
General Problem Statement
This paragraph piggybacks on the previous paragraph. Now that you have discussed the background, tell the reader what the general problem is and why you want to
research it. Your general problem is a broad overview of the general problem. Oftentimes, the general problem is viewed at the national level with supporting evidence
from governmental websites that provide quantitative statistics. The paragraph must begin with, The general problem is…
Specific Problem Statement
This paragraph piggybacks on the previous paragraph. Now that you have discussed the general problem, tell the reader what the specific problem is and why you want to
research it. Your specific problem statement usually encompasses a specific population, demography, or geographic location. Oftentimes, the specific problem is viewed
at the local level with supporting evidence that provides quantitative statistics. The paragraph must begin with, The specific problem is…
Purpose Statement
This paragraph simply tells the reader the purpose of your research. (Example: The purpose of this research is to determine whether a relationship exists between
nursing assistant staffing levels and quality of care in skilled nursing facilities). The paragraph must begin with, The purpose of this research is…
Research Questions
This paragraph provides an overview of the specific research questions you plan to investigate. You are only required to have one research question; however, you may
use more if needed. This section is where you unfold your research to the reader. What do you want to uncover? This is where you ask the question(s). Use language such
as: The research addressed the following research questions.
RQ1: Ask your research question here.
RQ2: Ask your research question here.
Example:
RQ1: How does geographic location relate to the level of quality in nursing homes?
RQ2: How does socioeconomic status relate to the level of quality in nursing homes?
Hypotheses
Briefly discuss how you were able to validate or refute the null hypotheses. Use language such as, The following null and alternative hypotheses served as the
foundation for the study:
H10: There is no correlation between x and y.
H1A: There is a correlation between x and y.
H20: There is no correlation between A and B.
H2A: There is a correlation between A and B.
Example:
H10: There is no correlation between geographic location and the level of quality in nursing homes.
H1A: There is a correlation between geographic location and the level of quality in nursing homes.
H20: There is no correlation between socioeconomic status and the level of quality in nursing homes.
H2A: There is a correlation between socioeconomic status and the level of quality in nursing homes.
Definition of Terms
If you have words in your capstone that may be confusing, unknown to the general public, or words that require further explanation, please use this area. The
following definitions of terms apply to the current research.
Definition example. This is an example of how you would define definition example. Please follow this exact same format for each word that you need to define in your
capstone.
Second example. This is the second example. See how you italicize the word when you define it? Please follow this exact same format for each word that you need to
define in your capstone.

Literature Review
This section is the literature review. You will need two to three concepts to elaborate on relative to your research. This paragraph is a brief overview of what a
literature review is and what concepts you plan to discuss. Briefly introduce your next capstone section. While this may seem redundant at each section, it is
important to remind the reader at the beginning of each section.
Overview of Literature Concept 1
Research your topic in the library. Read articles, dissertations, and other scholarly materials. Elaborate on one concept that stood out to you as important for your
manuscript.
Overview of Literature Concept 2
Research your topic in the library. Read articles, dissertations, and other scholarly materials. Elaborate on one concept that stood out to you as important for your
manuscript.
Overview of Literature Concept 3
Research your topic in the library. Read articles, dissertations, and other scholarly materials. Elaborate on one concept that stood out to you as important for your
manuscript.

Method
Briefly introduce your next capstone section. While this may seem redundant at each section, it is important to remind the reader of your research at the beginning of
each section. The reason for this? In the event someone is interested in your research, but they do not want to read the entire manuscript, they can easily learn about
your research in the beginning of every section.
Research Method and Design Appropriateness
Elaborate on the differences among various research methodologies. What are the differences between qualitative research and quantitative research? Which was more
appropriate for your study? Why? More than likely, this will be a descriptive research project, focusing more on the literature surrounding the topic, rather than
conducting actual quantitative or qualitative research.
Population
Discuss your study population. The study population is the larger picture of the research. If you were conducting research focused on childhood education, your study
population would include children who are in school. This may be at a local level, state level, national level, or even at the global level. You determine the study
population by how big you want the scope of your project to be.
Sampling Frame
Elaborate on your sampling frame here. The sampling frame is the smaller picture of the study population that you can actually obtain information from. For instance,
in the same research that is interested in childhood education, the sampling frame may be 10 students from a local school. These ten students would then be used in
your data collection process.
Data Collection
Discuss the collection of your data. Was it quantitative or qualitative? How did you collect the data? How did you protect the integrity of the data? For our example,
if 10 nursing home residents could be interviewed; this would be qualitative in nature. Likewise, conducting a numerical poll would be quantitative. If you conduct
personal interviews, you will want to ensure minimal researcher bias.
Data Analysis
Discuss the process where you analyzed your data. How did you analyze it? If quantitative, what statistical tool did you use? If qualitative, how did you interpret the
information?

Findings
Briefly introduce your next capstone section. While this may seem redundant at each section, it is important to remind the reader at the beginning of each section.
The following section will discuss the limitations, use and applications of findings, and recommendations of the research.
Limitations
Discuss the limitations of your study. Do not leave this paragraph empty; there are always limitations (e.g. time, funding, scope, etc.).
Use and Application of Findings
Summarize your findings from your research. (For example: The use and application of these findings may contribute to…by….). There should be at least 3 recommendations
(each a separate paragraph).
Recommendation: Type here. Thinking outside the box, think of what recommendations you can make to improve the problem you have identified previously. Elaborate why
your recommendation is appropriate.
Recommendation: Type here. Thinking outside the box, think of what recommendations you can make to improve the problem you have identified previously. Elaborate why
your recommendation is appropriate.
Recommendation: Type here. Thinking outside the box, think of what recommendations you can make to improve the problem you have identified previously. Elaborate why
your recommendation is appropriate.

Conclusion
Summarize your manuscript here. This is a summary of your entire capstone, not just the last section. Your conclusion may end up being a few pages, depending on the
length of your research.

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