A statement indicating the general purpose of a research project. A research project will normally have only one broad aim. E.g. To investigate factors associated with divorce.
Specific statements indicating the key issues to be focused on in a research project. A research project will normally have several specific research objectives. E.g. To examine whether alcohol consumption is associated with a higher risk of divorce.
An alternative to research objectives, where the key issues to be focused on in a research project are stated in the form of questions. E.g. Is alcohol consumption associated with a higher risk of divorce?
A prediction of a relationship between two or more variables, usually predicting the effect of an independent variable on a dependent variable. The independent variable is the variable assumed to have causal influence on the outcome of interest, which is the dependent variable. E.g. Higher consumption of alcohol is associated with a higher risk of divorce.