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Worth ± 150 points (point breakdown at end of this assignment) Week 1 will include a lecture on research. Some of this will be a reiteration of information found in the text along with some new ideas and explanations. The importance of reiterating this information is to present this to you in multiple formats because this is about your research project that is a major portion of your grade!
Read the assignment requirements below so you are prepared and understand the expectations!
You will design and carry out research on a subject of interest to you in the field of psychology. You will then report on your own research as though you were publishing your work in a Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journal. You will then present your research to your fellow professionals by posting the presentation as a power point.
1. Pick a topic: Pick a subject related to human sexuality. This is a broad topic so you have lots to choose from. Make sure this is a topic that you can realistically research! You can also check out your text book for topics. 2. Background research: Read the background in your textbook that is appropriate to your topic. Get additional background information from three other professional sources for your subject. One of the sources must be from a scholarly journal. These can be found in the EBSCO or Proquest database. You are required to get approval of the article being used prior to the due date of your paper (simply send me the paper as a link). Detailed Instructions regarding scholarly journal research:
Choose an article from a scholarly journal that interests you and is related to your topic. Make sure that the article meets the requirements for this assignment, which are outlined below.
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Must be related to the contents of human sexuality. Must be from a scholarly psychological journal. Must be EMPIRICAL or SECONDARY ANALYSIS. To determine whether your article fits these requirements, look to see if it has a section labeled as Methods or Procedures. Make sure that you understand the article you have chosen. If you think an article you have picked is beyond your grasp, pick another one. If you don¶t understand the article, you will not be able to use it for your research in a meaningful way. Send me the article as a link for approval.
Summarize all of your background research in your own words and incorporate it into your background section. Remember, you must use intext citations for your textbook and additional materials, in the APA format. Be thorough! Make sure you include what prior studies have found and, at the end, a paragraph on what your belief is regarding the subject. 3. Hypothesis Write a hypothesis. Remember a hypothesis makes a specific prediction or asks a question. Describe exactly what you think will happen. You must write your hypothesis before carrying out your research to determine the validity of the hypothesis. 4. Methods Decide upon your methods and carry out your research. Describe your methods in your paper. Identify your methods as survey, experimental, participant or naturalistic observation or case study. Was this a correlational study or an experiment designed to determine cause? Indicate who your participants/subjects were, how many there were, and other relevant information. Explain what you had the participants do and why. This section is a detailed description of what you did, from the beginning to the end of your research. 5. Results
Calculate and present the results in your paper. You must include actual data in a table, if appropriate, or summarize the data in a graph or other figure. You must also summarize or describe your results in the results section of your paper. Make sure to use detail in this section; your results must be as clear as possible. These are your results, not the results of a research study you use in your background section. 6. Conclusion Write an overall conclusion for your research. Part of your conclusion must include a clear statement as to whether your results support or refute your hypothesis. What do you think of the results? What are alternate explanations for your results? What would you do differently if you were to do the research again? What are new questions you came up with that relate to your topic? Who may this research help? Why is it important to the study of psychology? 7. Reference/Bibliography The last section is the reference/bibliography section. Give correct reference information for references you cited in your report in correct APA format. See sample below and in your text¶s bibliography. Please note that there should be at least one citation in your paper for each article, book or other source listed in your reference section, and there should be an exact match between sources listed in your reference section and sources cited in the text of your report. Sources not cited in the text of your report should not be included in the reference section. Sources should be listed in alphabetical order by author¶s last name. Sample references, in the required format: Example of Journal Article citation: Yeh, M. (1996). The ³cult of poetry´ in contemporary China. Journal of Asian Studies, 55 (2), 51-80. Example of a book citation: Townsend, R. M. (1993). The medieval village economy. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Pay attention to the following points for references:
Indent the second line of the reference 5 spaces (see example above). The first line remains at the left margin. Any additional lines are also indented 5 spaces. Do not include titles, such as M.D. or Ph.D. Write the authors¶ names in the order in which they are listed on the paper. Do not alphabetize the names within a citation.
8. Written Report format: The written report for your research will include these sections as outlined above:
Cover Page; Title of research, your name, class, professor¶s name, date Background Hypothesis Methods/Procedures Results Conclusion Reference
y y y y y y
Your paper needs to written in APA format. Your job is to summarize the relevant information in your own words. You should write as if you are trying to communicate the information to an intelligent adult reader who has no special knowledge of sociology or genders studies. Please be clear and concise; use few to no quotes. Make sure you explain terms and key concepts you use. Your paper must be typed, double-spaced with 1 inch margins all around. Grammar and spelling count; proofread your report carefully. Points will be deducted for spelling and grammatical errors on your final draft. Papers are generally 6 ± 10 pages in length. 9. Power Point or Poster Presentation Prepare a PowerPoint presentation or professional poster summarizing your background, hypothesis, method, subject(s), results, conclusion,
data and references. Later in the quarter I will let you know which day you are presenting your research.
Point Breakdown and Due Dates:
This total project is worth 150 points. Each assignment MUST be completed BEFORE I will accept the next assignment! If you do not submit your topic, I will NOT accept your scholarly article. If you do not submit your hypothesis, I will NOT ACCEPT YOUR PAPER. Points will be awarded as follows: 1. Pick a topic ± 5 points ± Wednesday, April 28 a. Submit one or two topic ideas of what you are interested in researching 2. Scholarly article ± 10 points ± Wednesday, May 5 a. Submit your scholarly article simply by e-mailing it to me at email@example.com b. Must meet criteria to earn the 10 points 3. Hypothesis with plan of action (proposed methodology) ± 10 points - Wednesday, May 12 a. Submit your hypothesis and include your ideas on how you will carry out your research 4. Research Paper ± 100 points - Wednesday, June 2 a. b. c. d. e. f. Background section - 30 points Hypothesis - 10 points Methods section - 15 points Results section - 15 points Conclusion - 20 points References/Bibliography - 10 points
5. PowerPoint or Professional Poster ± 25 points ± Monday, June 7, and Tuesday, June8