Effects of Time-Management Practices on College Grades

Effects of Time-Management Practices on College Grades

Hide Submission Folder Information Submission Folder Research Application (Literature Review & Study Design) Instructions General Psychology – Research Application Requirement – 75 points Scientific Literature Review and Study Design Each student will compose a hypothetical study design in the topic area of their choice that will demonstrate their understanding of the critical components of psychological research and scientific literature. Evaluation of the project will be based on the inclusion of required components as outlined in this description, critical thinking, and the ability to communicate ideas in writing. Part I: Literature Review How to find an article: Go to the DCTC Library website: DCTC Library Click on “Articles and databases” tab Under ‘Browse Databases by Subject’ click on ‘Psychology & Sociology’; Click on PsycARTICLES Type in a topic or key word(s) in the search box; click search Depending on your topic or key words, there will be very many or very few articles produced (i.e., sleep and memory produce 128 articles); if the results are too large, consider narrowing your topic by being more specific. Tips on selecting articles for this assignment: Article topics should reflect General Psychology topics (see your text for ideas) and should support the understanding and design of your own study/inquiry. Select an article that you can understand (keep it simple/basic); psychology research can range from the very simplistic to very complex, don’t overwhelm yourself with articles that are too complex – you won’t understand everything; select articles that you can understand most of what is being conveyed by the research. Select an article that contains access to Full Text (pdf is best); Students are encouraged to save a full text copy of each article they intend to use for the literature review portion of the study design, as they will need to be cited and referenced in APA style format. What to do once you have your article (a guide for reading and understanding articles): Carefully read the article – this is technical reading, and may require some extra time & effort. Highlight the study’s hypothesis, objective or rationale, i.e., Why was this study conducted? Highlight the study sample, i.e., Who participated in the study? How large was the sample? What type of sample was it? (convenience, random, representative, etc.). How were participants selected? Are there any issues/concerns with regard to the sample? Locate the Methods section and identify how the study was conducted? Is this a correlational study? Is it a controlled experiment? Is there a treatment and/or control group(s)? What did the researchers/participants do to test the hypothesis? What were the results of the study? Was the hypothesis confirmed? Are there statistics to support the researchers claim? What can you glean from the statistics presented? Discussion – what did the authors/researchers conclude? Did they sight limitations to the study? What do the results help us understand about the topic/behavior in question? Did the authors make suggestions for future study of this topic? Part II: Hypothetical Study Design Design and compose a hypothetical research study that includes the following components. Present your design in an essay format. The study design outline should 5-7 pages (5 pages minimum/7 pages maximum). Utilize the research articles you selected for the written critique as a guide about what to include in each of the following sections, although in outline format, this will be more brief. Introduction/Topic: What is the title of your research study? What is the topic? This should be a 5-7 sentence description that prepares the reader for the focus of your study. (5 pts) Hypothesis and Rationale (Why): This should be a 5-7 sentence (minimum) statement that includes the reason this study is important to understanding of human behavior. It should include the variables of the study, and the anticipated relationship between them (review the definition of ‘hypothesis’ in Chapter 2 of the text as needed). Who will benefit from the results of such a study? (5 pts) Literature Review Summary (What is already known about this topic): This portion of the study design is a critical component of the project. It should be about 3 pages (approximately 1 page per article) and should summarize and synthesize key facts/components/features you’ve learned about the topic as supported by your chosen articles, or from any other sources (all sources must be cited in APA format). (30 pts) Sample (who): Provide a detailed description of your sampling technique and procedures. What type of sample will be used (convenient, representative, random, etc.). Who will make up your sample, and how will you go about selecting participants? How large will the sample be? What type of sample will be used? Provide rationale/explanation for your sampling method. (10 pts) Research Design & Methods: Provide a detailed description of the type of research design you intend to use for this study – correlational, observational, natural field study, experiment (controlled lab or other?), and explain why you have selected this type of design. How is this design influential in the results you hope to produce to learn more about your topic? What will the participants in your study do? Be specific – give a detailed description. (10 pts) Strengths & Weaknesses, Culturual and Ethical Considerations: What are the anticipated results of the study? What ethical considerations are applicable to this study? Note some of the possible pros and cons of your research design (consider the design you chose, the sample, and other factors that might influence results). (10 pts) References: Include a APA format reference to any sources you utilized to assist your knowledge of this topic, including the article you selected to critique. (5 pts)