PSYC 2305L: Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology Lab

Fall 2022


The research proposal must be submitted via Blackboard by 11:59:00 P.M. on Saturday, Dec 10th, 2022. Late submission to TurnItIn or email submissions will not be accepted.


You will write a paper in which you propose a research study on the topic you selected. You do not need to confirm your topic with the TA or instructor of the course. The purpose of this assignment is for you to apply the knowledge and skills you have learned in Research Methods lab to create a quality research proposal in APA style 7th edition. You will not actually be collecting data or conducting an experiment – the paper should be written such that you describe how you would conduct a study if you had the opportunity. Your research proposal should include the following sections (each section will be discussed in lab lectures and is discussed in greater detail in the lab manual posted on Blackboard):


  • Title Page
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Method
  • Discussion
  • References


Please refer to Sections 1, 2, and 3 of your lab manual for guidelines on writing each section of an APA-style paper. Keep in mind that some sections have required subsections. For example, the Method section should include four subsections: Participants, Design, Procedure, and Measures.


This research proposal is worth 50 points. Please see the Research Proposal Grading Criteria table on the next page for specific information about how each research proposal will be graded.


Please don’t hesitate to email the TA or Instructor of the course if you have any additional questions about the assignment.


(See grading criteria on next page)



Criteria Your Points Possible Points
Title Page and General Formatting


Including all 6 lines of required information into the Title page

Page numbers (all pages)

Correct APA formatting





No longer than one page

Provides overview of research topic, participants, hypotheses, and conclusions


Correct APA formatting






Explains the general problem/topic

Writes a clear, helpful, accurate literature review

Explains the proposed study

Provides specific hypothesis

Uses clear and precise writing style

Correct APA formatting






Subsections: Participants, Design, Procedure, Measures

Provides clear, detailed explanation of method

Correct APA formatting






Restates hypothesis

Discusses potential limitations of the study

Discusses potential implications of the study

Suggests future directions for research

Correct APA formatting





References (section title centered on first line)

Hanging indentions

Alphabetical order

    Use of at least 5 peer-reviewed sources

Correct APA formatting for each reference