Final Paper: Research Proposal [WLOs: 3] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, review the Example Research Proposal provided in the course materials. Note that all instructor feedback from your previous activities should be applied in preparing your proposal.

Your Research Proposal is a six- to seven-page plan for a new study on your research topic. Incorporate at least four scholarly/peer-reviewed journal articles in addition to the course text to support your proposed study.

Include the following sections and content in your paper:

  • Introduction – Introduce the research topic, explain why it is important, and present your research question and/or hypothesis.
  • Literature Review – Summarize the current state of knowledge on your topic by citing the methods and findings of at least two previous research studies. State whether your proposed study is a replication of a previous study or a new approach using methods that have not been used before.
  • Methods
    • Design – Indicate whether your proposed study is qualitative or quantitative in approach. Select one of the research designs you have studied in the course, and indicate whether it is experimental or non-experimental. Evaluate why this design is appropriate for your research topic. Cite the textbook and one other source on research methodology to support your choice.
    • Participants – Identify the sampling strategy you would use to recruit participants for your study. Estimate the number of participants you would need and explain why your sampling method is appropriate for your research approach.
    • Procedure/Measures – Apply the scientific method by describing the steps you would use in carrying out your study. Indicate whether you will use any kind of test, questionnaire, or measurement instrument. Cite the source of any instruments to be used.
    • Data Analysis – Describe the statistical techniques (if quantitative) or the analysis procedure (if qualitative) you plan to use to analyze the data. Cite at least one source on the chosen analysis technique.
    • Ethical Issues – Analyze the impact of ethical concerns on your proposed study, such as confidentiality, deception, informed consent, potential harm to participants, conflict of interest, IRB approval, etc. Explain how you would address these concerns.
  • Conclusion – Briefly summarize the major points of your research plan and reiterate why your proposed study is needed.

The Research Proposal

For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).

  • PSY326 WEEK 2 ASSIGNMENT: RESEARCH QUESTION, HYPOTHESIS, AND APPROACH 1

    Name: Masai Dafar Date: 12/2/2019

    Instructor: Dr Dargon

    1. State the focus topic you selected in Week 1.

    Answer: The topic is Anxiety and Depression

    2. Devise a specific research question on an aspect of the topic.

    Answer: What are the effects of anxiety and depression on the body and physical health?

    3. Formulate a testable research hypothesis.

    Answer: Anxiety and depression leads to more illnesses.

    4. Identify the research design category you believe is suitable for investigating your

    research question.

    Answer: Case study, and qualitative approach; descriptive design.

    5. Explain why this research design category is an appropriate choice. Use citations in this

    area.

    Answer: According to Newman (2016), the use of qualitative approaches help in understanding

    the topic that is under investigation. While examining the effects of anxiety and depression on

    the body and physical health, the use of descriptive design would the most effective method.

    Descriptive design offers clear illustrations of the research content by describing thoughts,

    behaviors and feelings (Newman, 2016).

    Besides, case studies are also the best approaches of conducting a research study.

    According to Newman (2016), therapeutic setting is portrayed in case studies where a researcher

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    1. Anxiety Very general [Christine Dargon]

    2. anxiety and depression To try and do both is extremely broad [Christine Dargon]

    3. illnesses. What types of illness and be more specific [Christine Dargon]

    PSY326 WEEK 2 ASSIGNMENT: RESEARCH QUESTION, HYPOTHESIS, AND APPROACH 2

    directly engages with a participant and ask open-ended questions to obtain information needed

    for the research. With the use of case studies, a researcher can solve the research problem by

    making conclusions without carrying out experiments on the participant (Grimes, 2019).

    These two techniques, case studies and descriptive approach, are of great significance to

    my topic of research. Since I am trying to gain insight on the effects of anxiety and depression on

    body and physical health, my objective is to describe the phenomenon. Thus, descriptive

    approach would be the best approach.

    6. List the authors, title, and year of any sources you cited above.

    Answer:

    Grimes, M. W. (2019). The Continuous Case Study: Designing a Unique Assessment of Student

    Learning. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 31(1),

    139–146. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.proxy-library.ashford.edu

    Newman, M. (2016). Research methods in psychology (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint

    Education, Inc. [Electronic Version]. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu

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    1. I Do not use first person – use academic [Christine Dargon]

    2. http://search.ebscohost.co m.proxy-library.ashford.edu Do not use the library link as people cannot access it [Christine Dargon]

 
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