What is the problem to be addressed by your project?
Write the Problem Statement briefly explaining the problem that the project will address.
What do you hope to achieve by the end of your project?
Write the Research Aim in ONE sentence.
What questions do you want your project to answer?
Write the Research Question.
The exact form of your question will depend on on the length of your project, the type of research, the topic, and the research problem. But all research questions should be focused, specific, appropriately complex, and relevant to a social or scholarly issue.
What specific steps will you take to achieve your research aim?
Write the Research Objectives.
Having clearly defined and meaningful objectives is a critical component of a successful research project as they narrow and focus the research, ensuring that the findings are relevant.
The research objectives drive all aspects of the methodology, including instrument design, data collection, analysis, and ultimately the recommendations.
Research objectives should be presented briefly and concisely, in logical sequence, be achievable, and use action verbs that are specific enough to be evaluated or measured (e.g., assess, determine, compare, verify, calculate, describe).