Assignment 3: final project: selecting a topic

Assignment 3: Final Project: Selecting a Topic

Developing a research proposal is a good way to experience the research aspects of social psychology firsthand without conducting an actual research study. 

In this assignment, you need to develop a research proposal. Your research proposal must be a 10–12-page document and include the following sections:

Each week, you will concentrate on creating a particular section of the research proposal.  The Methodology section will be based on either of the two major research designs, quantitative and qualitative. You will develop the final project as the course progresses by collating all the sections and incorporating them into a final proposal due for submission in Week 10.

This Week

Create the Introduction section of the research proposal. Include the following:

  • Select a topic for your research project.

  • Explain why this topic is of interest to you.

  • Explain the topic and describe the potential research areas in the topic.

Choosing your topic:

The best way to choose a topic is to research the topic before you choose it. 

One of the biggest challenges in finding articles for your topic is that your topic may not have much in the way of research. The remedy for this is, when you first have an idea for a topic, to go to the online library and do a quick search on current research for your topic. If you can find the several articles on your topic then you’re good to go. If you can’t then it would be good to modify your topic a bit or even change it until you find one that will generate the needed articles for your reviews.

When searching for articles scan first and read later:

You can speed up your article search if you focus mainly on three things.

  • Look at the journal name-it may provide some insight into access to other articles. Many journals are specific to a certain discipline or area of study.

  • Review the abstract first-the abstract will provide valuable information on what the article may hold.  Remember though it doesn’t contain all the information. It is still imperative to read the entire article if you choose it one of the ones you will use.

  • Identifying the article as research. There are many non-research articles in scholarly journal articles but they may not be viable to use for your paper.

 

The directions for this part say that after selecting your topic you should explain why this topic is of interest to you. This need not be long–just a sentence or two about why it interests you. Then, explain the topic and describe the potential research areas in the topic. This is the most important part. You need to think in terms of how you might conduct an actual research project on the topic. You won’t be conducting actual research; this is just a proposal. It’s like if you were asking for grant money and had to explain to someone what you’d do. That explanation will be the entire paper. Here at the start all you have to do is offer a brief sense of what the topic is about and some of the possible things about it that could be researched.

 

Topic to be done:

 

self esteem; make sure that you keep the above advisement in mind when completing this assignment. Thank you.