PSY 265 Research Project Proposal
Follow the link to a sample research assignment to get ideas on how to write research
proposals. The course readings will also help you learn how to write research proposals. The
readings in Part 1 will help you select the topic. The readings in Part 2 will provide information
on APA style as well as finding and summarizing background literature. Part 3 will provide
information on preparing research reports, and Part 4 contains readings related to research
design. Part 5 focuses on understanding statistics and analyzing results. Finally, Part 6 deals
with presenting your research.
Part 1: Topic Selection: 3 points
Part 2: Introduction: Background Literature Review and Hypothesis Statement: 5 points
4. Write a summary of the background literature on your in APA style, using the
information in Part 2 of the course. 5.
Part 3: Method: participants, materials, project design, informed consent, flyer: 4 points 1.
Part 4: Results and Discussion: 3 points
Part 5: Full Research Proposal: 5 points
In this part you are asked to put all parts together into a single document.
Please include the following sections:
1. Cover page
2. Abstract on a separate page according to APA guidelines
3. Introduction the title, first paragraph introducing the topic followed by the literature
review, and the paragraph with the study goals/questions/hypotheses
4. Method section with the following subparts: Participants, Materials, Procedure
The introduction section of a research proposal usually ends with a hypothesis, research
statement or question. Depending on your topic, you may choose to formulate a
directional or a nondirectional hypothesis, a research statement or a research
Your research study could be an experiment, a correlational study, a naturalistic
observation or a case study. There is no page limit but a properly written method
section will be at least a page long.
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