Purpose: The purpose of this paper for this course is twofold: 1) to demonstrate and extend your understanding of the concept/theory you’ve chosen to examine, 2) to further develop the skills necessary to design a reasonably sound research study.
Your paper will be typed, double-spaced, 7-10 pages in basic APA style. Please include a
· Title Page
· Running Header
· Page Numbers
· Reference Page.
The title page and reference pages will NOT be counted as the page requirement. Your paper should include the following:
- Choose a topic of interest. Be sure your question is something you’re interested in knowing, not just for the sake of completing the assignment. You may choose a topic that we cover in class, one you’ve found in the text that we won’t cover in class, or another topic that is closely related to the course material.
- Literature Review: This is the theoretical framework; therefore, it is very important. Find at least 5 outside, scholarly sources. The sources must have been published between the years 2000-2013. The objective of this section is not only to provide support or your topic, but also to inform you of current research and guide you to develop your own design.
- Methods: The method section answers the questions, “What will you do to find the answer to your question, or prove your hypothesis correct?” Include the specifics of how you will set this up. Include which research design you will use and why. Include which statistical analysis you will perform.
- Statement of Hypothesis: Provide your hypothesis, including 1 dependent and 1 independent variable.
After reading this section, I should be able to easily follow your instructions and conduct the study myself. If there are any holes in your methods, your procedures are not clear enough.
From the following topics please choose 1 to talk about through out the whole paper
social cognitive theory
motivation and technology….
rewards and punishments
emotions and learning/behavior/motivation
Here is the Rubric which it will be graded on
Levels of Performance
Statement of hypothesis
Explanation of methodology
Exceeds criteria 70-80 pts
Provides exceptional descriptions of articles and how they relate to topic.
Clearly states the null hypothesis and the alternative hypothesis. Provides reasons why author chose this topic AND/OR why topic is important to the field of psychology. Keeps it simple: one dependent variable and one independent variable.
Provides an in-depth explanation of the design. Design is appropriate to the hypothesis.
Thoroughly demonstrates how author will control for confounding variables.
No grammar or spelling errors. Smooth transitions from paragraph to paragraph. Easy to read and follow.
Provides sufficient descriptions of articles and how they relate to the topic.
Clearly states the null hypothesis and the alternative hypothesis. Keeps it simple: one dependent variable and one independent variable.
Provides a sufficient explanation of the design. Design is appropriate to the hypothesis.
Demonstrates how author will control for confounding variables.
One or two grammar or spelling errors. Smooth transitions from paragraph to paragraph. Easy to read and follow.
Progressing towards meeting criteria
Provides barely sufficient descriptions of articles and how they relate to the topic.
States the null hypothesis and the alternative hypothesis. Hypotheses may not be relevant or simple.
Provides a somewhat sufficient or clear explanation of design. Design may or may not be appropriate to the hypothesis.
Some demonstration of how author will control for confounding variables.
Several grammar or spelling errors. Choppy or no transitions from paragraph to paragraph.
Does not meet criteria
Does not provide sufficient descriptions of articles and few, if any, demonstrations of how articles are relevant.
Does not state the null hypothesis and/or the alternative hypothesis. Hypotheses is not relevant or simple.
Provides an insufficient or unclear explanation of design. Design is not explained or not appropriate to the hypothesis.
No demonstration of how author will control for confounding variables OR insufficient controls.
Many glaring grammar or spelling errors. Choppy or no transitions from paragraph to paragraph. Hard to follow.
Provides no descriptions of articles AND/OR articles are not related to topic.
Provides no hypotheses statements.
Provides no explanation of design or controls.
Paper is impossible to read because of grammar and spelling errors.