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"This guide will serve well as a handbook for undergraduate psychology students working on senior projects or theses. Clear, concise, and well organized, the book instructs the student from the beginning of the project to the final draft and offers advice both specific and general."—J. Bailey, CHOICEAnxious about your final year Psychology Project? Having trouble getting started? Your Psychology Project: The Essential Guide for Success clearly maps out all the requirements of a project in psychology. Acting as a definitive survival manual it guides students through every aspect of a psychology project from conception of an idea, to writing up the final draft. It will help students think through the whole research process by bridging the relationship between the research question, the design, and the use of statistical and qualitative analyses. By using clear practical examples this book provides an invaluable insight into applying theory to practice and will equip students with the knowledge, skills and abilty to carry out and write up their thesis project. Written in a clear and engaging manner Your Psychology Project: The Essential Guide for Success should be essential reading for all students undertaking a psychology research project.

Choosing a Topic and the Research Proposal
Choosing a topic and the research proposal

On reading this chapter you should:

  • understand the importance of choosing a research topic that lends itself to a ‘do-able’ project;
  • be able to evaluate potential topics;
  • be able to formulate a valid research question (and hypothesis);
  • understand the importance of creativity, and its relationship to innovation in formulating your research question;
  • understand the integral role played by the research question;
  • understand the vital role of the research proposal;
  • be aware of the common pitfalls to be avoided in writing a successful proposal; and
  • be able to write a logical and persuasive research proposal.

Chapter 3 deals with the practical issues of choosing an appropriate topic for your research project, and with the all important task of developing a research proposal. ...

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