Final Research Proposal Formatting Guidelines Part I. General Formatting Your fi

Final Research Proposal Formatting Guidelines
Part I. General Formatting
Your final Research Proposal must include the following formatting:
1. The assignment typically turns out to be about 13-15 pages. But it must be at least 8 pages long. Page count does not include the Title Page or your References Cited.
2. It must be double-spaced and typed.
3. It must use 11 or 12 point font of a mainstream font, such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri.
4. It must include a title page with centered text that follows the example here (again, the title page is not included in the word count):
Title of your Research Proposal
Your Name
HDEV 302: Research Methods in Human Development Department of Human Development and Women’s Studies California State University, East Bay
Spring, 2022
5. It must include page numbers.
6. It must be spell-checked and proof-read by you before you turn it in. Points will be removed if you have not done this.
7. It must represent your best revised and polished final version of all four Research Proposal sections you’ve produced in the class so far this semester, plus a Title Page and References Cited section. Be sure to read through all four draft sections and judge them together as a cohesive assignment before you turn it in, and that it includes all required elements. There will be no time for professor feedback once it is turned in.
8. It must be uploaded to the designated assignment portal on our course Blackboard site by 11:55 pm on THURSDAY, May 12th. Unfortunately, the late policy does not apply to this assignment because the professor must turn in final grades very soon afterwards.
Part II. Section Formatting and Content Rubric
Your final Research Proposal must include the following Sections [in bold], as well as the following subsections [in italics] to be considered for full credit:
a. Introduction/Literature Review
Introduction: which should at least include a clear statement of your proposed research question, your hypothesis if you have one, and some detailed background on your research topic or question;
Scholarly Context of the Research Question or Literature Review: which should include a summary of at least three themes in how scholars have talked about or pursued your research topic/question already (with proper summaries and in-text citations of entries from your Annotated Bibliography); and
Contributions of the Proposed Research to the Literature: which should outline at least two contributions that you think your proposed research study makes to the scholarship
Please note that the professor is aware that many of you chose different ways to draft your Introduction/Literature Review earlier this semester, so the three subsection titles above will be graded on an individual basis, but the things listed above are what the professor is primarily looking for in this section.
b. Methods/Research Design
Variables
Data
Subjects and Sampling Instruments and Procedures Least Harm
Validity and Confounds
Please include all of the information asked for in the Draft Methods/Research Design Section Assignment for each of the four subsections above. If the professor provided you with feedback on how to revise that assignment, be sure to include any additional information or details from that feedback here, if you haven’t already.
c. Data Analysis
Choice(s) of Data Analysis:
NOIR Choice(s) of Data Analysis Qualitative and/or Quantitative Organization Representation of Data
Please include all of the information asked for in the Draft Data Analysis Section Assignment for the class for each of the three subsections above. If the professor provided you with feedback on how to revise that assignment, be sure to include any additional information or details from that feedback here, if you haven’t already.
d. Significance of the Research or Conclusion
Significance of the Proposed Research to the Field
Significance of the Proposed Research to the General Public
Significance of the Proposed Research to Project Participants and/or Their Communities
Please include all of the information asked for in the Draft Significance of the Research or Conclusion Section Assignment for the class for each of the three subsections above. If the professor provided you with feedback on how to revise that assignment, be sure to include any additional information or details from that feedback here, if you haven’t already.
e. References Cited [1-2 pages]
This section must include full citations, alphabetized by authors’ last names, and using correct APA style [as always, please refer to your APA Style Guide or the APA website link provided on Blackboard]. You need to provide a full citation for every source that you cite in your research proposal. Please be sure to check that you have done this before submitting your assignment.
Extra Credit Opportunity
If you also provide an Abstract (200 words or less) at the BOTTOM of your title page of the Final Research Proposal, you can earn an extra two points on the assignment. You can find examples of abstracts easily online – there is also one at the very beginning of the sample student Research Proposal 2 in the course menu folder titled SAMPLE RESEARCH PROPOSALS on our course Blackboard site. You should also feel free to use an abstract for a published article that you like as a model for your own.

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