Guidelines and Rubric
Assignment 1 is the first step in starting your research proposal. When selecting a research topic/problem/issue - choose something that interests you! The more you care about the issue, the easier the research process will be! Remember: Keep it as simple as possible!
Think about the Who, What, Why, and How questions:
Once you have thought about your applied research topic, answer the following questions:
Assignment 2 is the second step in starting your research proposal (the first step is choosing a topic). For this assignment you are required to find 2 peer reviewed articles related to your research topic. These need to be scholarly sources of some sort from which you can identify the research that others have done on the same, or a related subject.
We will go over how to find scholarly articles in class.
The literature review should be aimed at identifying research related to your topic of interest. Try to link the articles to your topic (issue/problem), independent or dependent variables, or intervention.
Submit a Reference List (APA format) of your 2 sources answering the questions below.
*Be sure to include a title page with your Full Name, Course Number, Semester, and your research topic/title.
**Summarize – use your own words to answer the questions. You can use bullet points for this assignment.
Assignment 3 is a draft of the first part (introduction/literature review section) of your final research proposal. Use Assignment 2 (Research Articles) to help you summarize (in your own words) your research articles in essay format.
NOTE: For this assignment you must use 4 articles, 3 of which must be peer-reviewed.
Introduction (3+ pages)
1st Paragraph: Introduce your topic. Give a General introduction. Why is it important? You can cite relevant information to support the topic (from the journal articles you found). Feel free to use data to support your points (from peer reviewed articles, government or non-profit websites – must be from reputable sources and you must cite them using both in-text citations and in your reference list).
Body of the Introduction: Literature review Consists of reviews (summary’s) of the peer reviewed articles you found relevant to your research proposal. Including the two articles, you selected for Assignment 2. Be sure that the information/articles flow well.
Each review should be approximately half a page (2 - 3 paragraphs depending on the length and complexity of the research study/article).
Assignment 4 is a draft of the second part (method and appendix section) of your final research proposal.
The final research proposal consists of Assignment 3 and Assignment 4 –you are to revise both based on the feedback provided and combine the two assignments – this will constitute your final research proposal.
Appendix (2+ Page) Consist of materials discussed in your methods section (sample of consent form, survey, intervention used, etc.).
The presentation will be a 5 – minute PowerPoint Presentation on your Research Proposal
Final Slide: Conclusion/Implications -Explain the significance or implications of your research/intervention. Think big picture: “here’s what I learned about this topic.”
Grading will be based on the student’s ability to present the information listed on the presentation outline.
You are to create an infographic poster on your research proposal topic to be presented in class.
Grading will be based on how it looks (simple, clean, coordinating colors, appropriate graphics etc.) and how informative it is to the issue at hand.