Goal The goal for this assignment is for you propose a research project using n


Goal
The goal for this assignment is for you propose a research project using nonexperimental
methods. When researchers are applying for a grant, they often write a research proposal to
explain what their research study will be. This includes setting up a research question and
hypotheses, including a review of the literature to inform each of those, developing a
methodology to answer the research question, a plan for how to analyze the data, and a
discussion of what their findings would potentially mean. This assignment puts students into the
role of a researcher who is planning a research study and proposing it to others.
Assignment
You will write a 1000-word paper proposing a research study that you have been
designing during this semester. In this paper, you will write an introduction section, methods
section, planned analysis section, and conclusion section. Additionally, you must also include a
title page, abstract, and reference page; however, these components do not count towards the
word limit. Within this paper, you will describe the relevant background literature, introduce
your hypotheses, explain your methodology, explain which statistical analyses you would have
completed, and discuss the implications of your hypotheses being supported.
Abstract
The abstract is a brief summary of your paper. The abstract includes information about
the relevant background literature, hypotheses of the study, the methodology to be used, the
planned statistical analysis, and primary conclusion. The abstract must be between 100 and 150
words. The abstract does not count towards the word limit.
Introduction
The introduction describes the relevant background literature that informs the research
question you created for your study. Be sure to clearly state your research question. The
description of the literature not only informs your research question, but your hypotheses as well.
At the end of the introduction, the hypotheses for your study are introduced clearly.
The Introduction is often a difficult section to write. At minimum, your Introduction must
include well-organized paragraphs with a logical progression of ideas. In addition, a good
Introduction section often conveys an interesting story to the reader. Try to take the perspective
of someone reading your paper. How could you best tell a logical and interesting story about
you’re the psychology topic you are studying, the previous research on that topic, and your
proposed study?
Methods
Using the future tense, describe precisely how you will test your hypothesis. The
methods section describes who you plan on including as participants (including how you planned
on recruiting them), the procedures that would have been used to collect the data, and the
measures, tasks, and/or questions that would be presented to participants.
Provide clear and specific descriptions of your participants, variables, and procedure.
Provide sufficient detail so another researcher could run your study just from your Method
section. Include a Participants section: Who will serve as your participants? Where and how will
you recruit them? How many will there be? Include a Variables section: What variables will you
use in your study? How do you operationalize them? Include a Procedure section: What is the
flow of events in your study?
Planned Analysis
The planned analysis section describes what statistical analyses you would conduct if you
had collected the data. This includes describing the statistical analysis and what variables are
included in that analysis. Your proposed analyses should directly address your hypotheses.
Additionally, they should use the variables you described in the methods section.
Conclusion
The conclusion section is an explanation for how your study would have answered your
research questions. Open the conclusion with a clear statement of your original hypotheses. You
will then indicate how your planned analyses could potentially support or discredit this
hypothesis. Remember that no single study is likely to prove anything!
This section should be a logical conclusion in response to the issues raised in your
introduction. End with a broad discussion of the potential implications of this study for future
research. What should be studied next? Note that the entire proposal is a logical flow of
information from how the research question was stated, how the study to answer that research
question was conceptualized, what the findings could be, and how the findings could be
interpreted to answer that research question.
Reference Page
The reference page includes a list of all sources cited in your paper. Each source should
be listed in APA style. Your paper must cite at least 6 empirical journal article sources. The
reference page does not count towards the word limit.
Specifics
The word limit is a minimum of 950 words and a maximum of 1000 words. The paper
must follow all APA style guidelines. This includes using Times New Roman font, font size of
12, double spaced, 1-inch margins on all sides, and page numbers. The paper should be typofree. Please proofread your paper and have a friend proofread your paper. The paper must be
submitted in a Microsoft Word format (Mac Pages and PDFs are NOT allowed).
Suggested Structure
The structure of the paper is yours to decide. However, it is suggested that the
introduction be about 1/3 of your paper, the methods be 1/3 of your paper, and the planned
analysis and conclusion together should be 1/3 of your paper.
I have already started what I’d want my proposal to be. I have attached part of my proposal and planning, with notes from professor. I haven’t taken his notes and fixed, I’d like you to take his notes and fix it in the essay/ proposal… If you cannot see the notes he’s added please let me know so I can send them to you a different way
I have also attached 3 articles that have helped me get this far, please review and use them along with 3 EMPIRICAL articles of your choosing


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