1. Research Proposal Paper (100 points) —
Each student will write an 8-10 page research proposal paper (not including title page, references, or
Turnitin similarity page) on a topic of personal or professional interest as it relates to the counseling
field. Topics must be approved by the professor.
This assignment will require you to develop three sections:
1) an introduction section that highlights the relevant empirically-based literature and ends with
your proposed research question; For the Introduction section, you are to use the extant literature to
provide an overview of and need for the study based on the empirical research. Given the page limitations
you will need to write parsimoniously. This section will include a brief review of literature demonstrating
support for inclusion of your study variables. When reading this section, there should be a clear rationale
for and evidence to support why this study is needed. Because of the brevity of this section (4-5 pages is
the typical length), you will need to include the most relevant and recent literature that pertains to your
topic. If you are unable to identify empirically based studies for this literature review, please contact the
professor. Because you will be using the existing literature to justify the need for this study, you must cite
sources. If done properly, your paper should be reflective of the literature and contain sufficient
supporting citations. This means all the content drawn from the literature should demonstrate citation
support. Further, use of quotes should be avoided and, instead, content should be paraphrased. Only use
quotes when the content cannot be stated more succinctly and clearly in a paraphrased form and even then
quotes need to be used very sparingly. See APA for guidance on using quotes (see pp. 269-278 of the
APA Publication Manual 7th edition for guidance and direction) and the handout provided in the
course files in Canvas on plagiarism. Finally, the literature review must contain empirically based studies.
Conceptually or theoretically based articles should only be used to provide broad content or context
where necessary. If your literature review relies too much on conceptual or theoretical articles, then you
cannot justify the need for this study and points will be deducted.
2) a methods section (similar to what you will be learning in class and from your article
critiques);For the methods section, you are required to provide detailed information on the participants,
instruments, and procedures you are using for this proposed study. These three subsections should
directly relate to your research question and research design. The method section should clearly connect
the introduction to the results and provide a “road map” for how the study will be conducted and how the
variables will be measured. You are required to use existing measures that demonstrate sound
psychometric properties (i.e., reliability and validity). You need to demonstrate a rationale for the
sampling method, the sample size to be used, inclusion/exclusion criteria, how participants are to be
selected, and any other pertinent information. The instruments section must detail the measures used for
your study and should include details on the number of instrument items, scoring, relevant subscales,
psychometric properties of the instrument, and any other pertinent information. The procedures section
must detail how you plan to conduct the study and should align with your research design.
3) a results section (that will include the proposed research design, statistical analysis, and
For the results section, you will be required to establish the research design and statistical analysis. The
design should align with the research question and a rationale needs to be stated as to why this design is
the best design considering other rival designs that exist. You are also to identify the statistical analysis to
be used to answer the research question. Similar to the research design, you need to provide a rationale for
this analysis. Again, for your research design and statistical analysis, you must provide a rationale for
each and this rationale must have citation support. The paper must strictly adhere to APA Publication
Manual (7th ed.) guidelines. Failure to follow these format guidelines will result in a reduction of
points on the paper (see rubric)
All papers must be submitted to Turnitin.com located on the CE500 Canvas site under assignments.
Once the paper is submitted, you are to attach the first page of the similarity score sheet as the last
page of your proposal (Only include the 1st page of the similarity score sheet and not the paper you
submitted to Turnitin.com or points will be deducted. To do this, view your paper in Turnitin and click on
the text only option at the bottom of the page). The turnitin sheet will not count toward the 8-10 pages.
Papers not including a Turnitin similarity score sheet will be deducted points. Due to the
technological restrictions that I am imposing, all papers must be submitted to Turnitin no later than
5:00 p.m. the day prior to the assignment due date. Prior to this deadline, you are permitted to
resubmit three (3) times and get immediate feedback from Turnitin regarding concerns with
plagiarized content or other citation issues. After the 3rd resubmission, you will be required to wait
24 hours before your next resubmission—Do not wait until the last minute to submit! It is your
responsibility to ensure your paper is completed and submitted by the Turnitin deadline. No
exceptions will be granted unless prior arrangements have been made with the professor. If you do
not upload your paper to Turnitin by the deadline, you are still responsible for submitting your
paper by the assignment deadline. Please note that some students may want to review their similarity
score and make changes based on the output. If you decided to do this, make sure you give yourself ample
time for this process. Plan your submissions accordingly. Turnitin scores should be low (< 20%) and in
the green. Scores in the yellow or red will be evaluated for evidence of plagiarism. Student papers that
demonstrate evidence of plagiarism will receive an "F" (0 points) for the assignment. Students
should familiarize themselves with the plagiarism policy in the student handbook, the APA manual,
and course handout.
You are required to use peer reviewed sources for this paper. Class notes, popular media, social
media, etc. will not be accepted as sources for this assignment. The paper format and a detailed
description of what should be included in the introduction, methods, and results section is provided at the
end of the syllabus under the header Research Proposal Information and Guidelines. The grading
rubric is provided at the end of the syllabus. Final papers will be submitted electronically to the
Research Proposal Assignment on Canvas.
Research Proposal Information and Guidelines
a. Your paper must have the following elements:
Title page; Introduction section;
Methods section (will include the Research question(s)) with a section for participants, instruments,
Results section (this section will include Research design and Statistical Analysis sections (what type
of research design and statistical analysis best answers your research question);
Limitations section (identify the limitations of this proposed study—do not put in future research);
For the participant section, you need to identify who you will sampled and why (inclusion and exclusion
criteria must be identified where applicable), sampling method(s) you plan to use and why, how you plan
to gather your participants, information from your power analysis, how many participants you will need,
and any other pertinent information related to this study.
For the instrument section, you will need to identify which instruments you plan to use to answer the
RQ. You need to provide a description of the instrument, why you are using it, what it is intended to
measure, subscales, number of items, scoring information (i.e., theoretical range of scores, what does a
high and low score tell one, etc.), and psychometric information specifically reliability and validity data.
Procedure section should clearly lay out how you plan to conduct the study, including steps for
conducting the study, any follow-up procedures, etc. Your procedures must align with the method of data
collection and the design you will be using.
In the results section, start this section restating your research question. You will also propose a research
design and provide a rationale for how this design will go about addressing the RQ you proposed. Your
rationale must be clearly stated and supported using the literature. Finally, you will propose a statistical
analysis to answer your RQ. Again, you will need to provide a rationale for why you are using this
statistic to answer your question.
b. Your paper will rely on existing literature; therefore, you will want to research a topic that has
a substantial amount of current information.
c. You want to make sure that every reference cited in text is also included in the references and vice
d. Use relevant sources such as peer reviewed journal articles, books, book chapters, current
unpublished dissertations/theses, and current conference papers. This assignment, if done properly, will
include citations throughout the paper. For this assignment, use current resources (past 15 years).
e. Use other databases not just the Psychology databases. Go to other disciplines (e.g., Pubmed,
social science databases, etc.) to see if there is any cross-discipline research.
f. Find and cite original articles. If the original article is out of print or is not available, you can use
a secondary source—See APA. Also, you paper will not contain popular press media (e.g., The New York
Times, Newsweek, etc.)
g. Please consult with the professor for appropriate topics. Topic, outline, and final paper are due
on the dates listed under the assignment.
h. Papers must strictly adhere to APA 7 th edition printing guidelines This assignment is worth 30
i. Criteria/Rubric for grading papers: See attached rubric.
j. Some examples of topics include
1. Specific interventions with certain populations
2. Program development with certain populations
3. Prevention of problems through certain interventions
1. Preventing bullying in schools
2. Development of a program for children of divorced parents
3. Alternative Education
4. Interventions for College Students with ADHD
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
1. Domestic violence prevention programs
2. Facilitating groups for divorced women
3. Treatment effectiveness for women who abuse substances.
k. Turnitin.com: For those assignments requiring submission to turnitin.com, students will use the
Turnitin option located on the CE500 course page in Canvas.
l. Papers are to be submitted electronically as an electronic Doc., Docx., or PDF file document
to the Research Proposal assignment in Canvas by the date specified.
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