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GRADING CRITERIA FOR RESEARCH PROPOSAL Total of 100 Points I. Title Page (5 points) A. Title Page (Title not too “narrowly focused” and not too “vague”; Use APA Format) (5 points). II. Introduction (35 points) A. At least 2 paragraphs at beginning which discuss the general problem/issues relevant to the project. Introduce key conceptual ideas and possibly relevant terminology. (7 points). B. 3-6 paragraphs reviewing at least 3 relevant experimental studies which bear upon your project in some way (e.g., similar methodology, similar goals, similar concepts). At least 1 paragraph per experimental study. Note that many journal articles report multiple experimental studies so you can take several experimental studies from same journal article. Each paragraph should explain: what was done, what were the results, and clarify how this study is related to the current study. (20 points). C. 1-2 paragraphs at the end of the introduction which explain what you intend to do and why you intend to do it. (8 points). NOTE: The point of the introduction is to make the reader appreciate the importance and scientific integrity of your project as well as explain clearly what you intend to accomplish and describe your proposed methodology. Points will be assigned based upon how well you accomplish these goals. III. Method Section (15 points total) A. Participants (3 points). (1 paragraph) B. Materials/Apparatus/Measures ( 9 points). (1 –6 paragraphs) C. Procedure (3 points). (1 – 6 paragraphs) IV. Expected Results/Proposed Analyses (15 points total) A. Study variables (independent and depended variables) /Scoring (3 points). B. Preliminary Analysis (3 points). C. Main Proposed Analyses for (9 points).
V. Discussion (15 points)
A. Restatement of expected key findings and results of the study (3 points). B. Discussion regarding how the expected findings and results are similar and different with respect to at least 3 relevant experimental studies (which can be the same ones as you used in your introduction. (3 points). C. Implications and contributions to knowledge: practical implications and theoretical implications (5 points). D. Summary of take-home message. What are the key distinguishing scientific contributions of this project? (4 points). VI. References (5 points). References should be properly cited in text using APA format and reference list complete (3 points). At least 3 peer-
reviewed scientific journal articles should be included and integrated into the paper (2 points). At least two of the journal articles should be published within the last 8 years. VII. Writing Style (5 points). 0 = not APA format, 1=weak (organization poor and English Grammar use is not acceptable), 2=ok (watch for ambiguous words; terms not carefully defined; organization poor but English Grammar acceptable; no misspelled words), 3= good, 4=very good (“excellent” for a typical undergraduate student paper) [each word essential for each sentence; each sentence essential for each paragraph; each paragraph essential for each section], 5=excellent (scientific journal quality) VIII. Appendix (5 points) A. Surveys, questionnaires, or demographic questions that will be used in your study. (5 point)
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