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Milestone One Guidelines and Rubric
Overview: The final project for this course is a formal research project based on one of the psychological topics provided or a topic of your
choice (to be approved by your instructor), and it will include the following components: abstract, introduction, methods and results, discussion,
and references. Your report should be developed as if it were being presented at an undergraduate research conference
The final project is meant for you to propose a hypothetical study. You are not and should not be conducting human-subject research for this
project. It is not necessary for the purposes of this assignment. All human-subject research requires written approval from the SNHU COCE
Institutional Review Board in order to protect the welfare and ensure ethical treatment of the subjects.
Prompt: For this part of the final project, you will create an introduction that includes a literature review of research pertinent to the topic area
you have chosen. For this literature review, you will include the first five sources you identified in the Module One discussion. (You will add
additional sources to this section of your paper for your final submission to meet the total requirement of 10.) This introduction should contain
the following elements, which will demonstrate your ability to interpret psychological research and develop research questions regarding
unexplored topic areas:
An overview of your chosen topic
A specific statement about your thesisthe assertion that you are making based on your theoretical and background knowledge
A statement of the hypothesis to be tested through your proposed research
An overview of the proposed research, including the general research strategy you will use
A description of the existing knowledge on the topic
A literature review of resources relevant to the chosen topic (For this milestone, your literature review should include at least five scholarly
sources that you identified in the Module One discussion.)
When preparing your literature review, remember to address the following:
Describe the existing knowledge about your topic related to your research question:
o What is already known about the topic?
o What is not known?
o How did this study add to the knowledge base for your topic?
Critically review the existing studies:
o Are there flaws in their designs, such as sample size, or systematic errors that could be improved upon in your research?
o Are there flaws in the logic of interpretations or conclusions?
o State and evaluate the author’s suggestions for applying, extending, or improving their research.
o Are there contradictory results or unanswered questions that could be addressed in your research?
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