My school requests a research question for a project. I came up with one like this: (different topic but very similar, due to NDA)

What is the behavior of a bike, depending on speed, time in use and temperature?

This question is about the research, and defines what is wanted. However this is way too much for the time I will work at the project. My task is to design, build and verify the bike.

If I leave the research question as it is, I will be having trouble at the end, because I cannot answer it.

Rephrasing the question to something like below feels not right, it does not contain the whole assignment. Must a research question really be a question, or can it also be a statement?


How do you build a bike?


Build and verify a bike.


The project is done at a company by me as a bachelor assignment. The company has a problem which is pretty hard to solve (my part of the project won't solve it either). To further investigate the problem they need this bike.

I don't really have a clue how this research question is used in these kind of assignments where it is build and verify x. Usually the research question is defined at the beginning, and in your conclusions at the end of the project you are able to give an answer.

  • Can you tell us more about why this research is required? How the questions are generally used? Who does this research? Feb 6, 2014 at 17:58

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You are constructing a prototype. This prototype must serve in resolving the question you quoted, and this is pretty much what you must ask about:

"What prototype bike is suitable for research of..."

"Is prototype X of bike suitable for research..."

"How to construct a prototype of bike suitable for research..."

"How to adapt a [generic brand bike] as a suitable prototype for tests in research..."

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