PSY 401 Project Proposal & Research Journal (REVISED)
Due: Day of Final Exam, by
Turn in TWO COPIES to your project advisor
Your project proposal should be written as an APA style paper with the following sections:
1. Title page
2. Introduction which clearly reviews relevant literature and presents a logical “story” or “argument” leading up to your hypothesis(es).
3. Method section with enough detail that another researcher could replicate and/or evaluate your work.
4. Proposed analyses – You need to consider how you will analyze your data and provide a brief paragraph or two indicating your analysis plan and predicted outcomes. For example, you need to think through what statistics tests(if any) are is appropriate (e.g., ANOVA,t-test, correlation, regression, etc.) and indicate what your factors will be and what your outcome variables or DVs will be. Also indicate, then, what statistical results you expect given your hypotheses. Your advisor can help you with this section.
5. References page.
6. Appendices of scales, coding schemes, scripts, or other stimulus materials you will be using. Photocopies are fine at this stage. Please refer to these appendices in the text of your paper (in appropriate spots).
Timeline (current dates are tentative)
Also include a detailed timeline with dates indicating when you will collect data, analyze it, and time for the write-up. Include the following deadlines in your planning:
You must have an abstract of your paper (projected results are fine if the actual
results aren’t ready) turned in to your advisor by 2/9. These abstracts are due for entry to the
Weeks of March 18th – April 5th
Plan on having your data
analyzed close to the first of these dates. Be ready to present a 10 minute
practice talk for the
Plan on having a rough draft of your paper (i.e., a revised (if needed) intro & method, and a results and discussion section) ready for peer review.
Your completed written project is due in to your advisor.
·APA style guides are available at the reserve desk in the library under both John’s name. There may be copies available for circulation as well.
·Don’t hesitate to show your advisor a draft of your work before turning it in for a grade.
·If you are unclear how to write any of the above, see your advisor or an APA manual for more information. Additionally, John has detailed handouts on writing an Introduction and Method (as well as general writing tips) available if you would like a copy.
Please turn in one copy of your research journal to your project advisor by , Dec. 11.