MSc Managerial Psychology
Assessment Point 1
Module Title: Project and Research Management
Module Code: UU-PSY705 ZM
Essay Title: A written research proposal for the research to be carried out in the
Word Limit: 3500 words
Assessment Point No: 1 (1 out of 1) 100% of final module mark
Online Submission: Date and Time: See your module schedule.
Learning outcomes assessed:
1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the key principles of research
design regarding a particular project as well as an appreciation of the various
2. Critically evaluate sources of information and/or argument in relation to
3. Demonstrate effective skills in the communication of research findings.
4. Apply project management tools, processes and techniques.
5. As appropriate to specific student needs, students will develop an advanced
understanding in at least one of the following areas:
6.A range of research methods for data collection;
7.Data management and analysis, and awareness of issues affecting
The title should be clear and specific, but not too detailed. For example, assume
we had done an experiment in which we had examined whether or not having
breakfast affected people’s ability to concentrate later in the day.
A good title would be ‘The effects of breakfast on mid-morning concentration
Avoid using titles that are:
• Too vague
• Very detailed
The American Psychological Association suggests the title to be about 10-
12 words long.
2. Introduction and Literature Review
This section is very important. In order to get the reader engaged with your
work you need make sure that you set the scene for the whole essay in a clear
way. Clarify the topic and the aim of the essay. Keep in mind that the reader
might not be familiar with your topic, and hence you should provide
explanations for all relevant terms and a brief overview of the structure of the
essay. Avoid lengthy discussions or explanations regarding definitions or
relevant research findings. Such discussions should be incorporated be part of
your literature review.
Basically, this section introduces the reader to the topic:
Give an introduction to the area of
Provide a rationale for the study using previous studies
Show how the current study fits in with existing literature
Literature review will be focused around your chosen topic -should summarize
and discuss the most recent and most relevant research findings related to the
current research project.
This part should highlight the research gap
The review provides the background of the problem
Critical evaluation is essential
State the problem: For example:
Why this study needs to be conducted
What issues this study raise that have not been raised in other studies?
What is the purpose of this study?
What is the research question and the hypothesis
The hypothesis, research question and objectives of the study should be
stated at the end of this section.
It explains each step the researcher will take in order to conduct the research.
This is a very important part of a research project outline and should receive a
lot of attention. In this section the intended methods of data gathering and data
analysis, ethical issues as well as difficulties in gathering data and other
material should be described. It is important to describe this section in detail.
If, for example, a study will use questionnaires to collect data, the procedure of
developing the questionnaires, the type of questions and the reasons for using
those specific questions, and the procedure of analysing the data gathered from
these questionnaires should be explained clearly.
A draft of the questionnaires used (if copyright terms allow) should be added in
Describe the population under consideration (provide a brief description on age,
sex, education etc.), inclusion and exclusion criteria, number of participants.
Describe how participants will be recruited and from where.
Analysis & its justification
Name the ethics committee
What efforts will be taken to protect participants?
The right to withdraw
Participation is voluntary
Issues of Confidentiality
How they will receive a copy of results when study is finished
Proposals should address research ethics adequately, or which have serious
ethical problems. Please include examples of how others have considered
ethical issues within existing published research in your chosen area. Refer to
relevant documents in appendices (e.g. consent form, information sheet,
Instruments used to collect the data
What instruments you will use?
For example, interviews, questionnaires (i.e. describe what each measurement
assess –how reliable and valid are your questionnaires?
For qualitative study, describe the process of designing the interview schedule
(refer to appendices). Provide some (2) examples of the questions asked.
Complete description on what will happen to a participant.
Describe how you will contact the participants.
How the data will be collected and what statistical measures will be used?
This section should explain in some detail how you will manipulate the data that
you assembled to get at the information that you will use to answer your
Select a statistical test to analyse your data depending on your research question
(i.e. testing for a correlation between variables, a predictive relationship or to
compare values?). It will include the statistical or other techniques and the tools
that you will use in processing the data.
4. Expected Results
This section should give a good indication of what you expect to get out from
It should join the data analysis and possible outcomes to the theory and
questions that you have raised.
This is the list of the relevant
works. Use APA referencing style.
Be consistent and use correct grammar, punctuation and spelling
throughout the essay.
Writing style should be in the third person.
You should use the APA reference style for in text citations
Create a “References” section at the end of your work.
Please note that Wikipedia will NOT be accepted as an appropriate
reference for the essay.
If needed, ‘Appendices’ may be used to direct the reader to
supporting and complementing material.
a) Make sure your essay’s word limit is within the indicated appropriate
range (see section 1). Assignments that overly exceed the absolute
maximum will not be marked.
b) Your assignment should be word processed, Arial font size 11 or 12 and
double spaced, with numbered pages and your student name and
number printed as a footer on every page. Please indicate the word
length at the end of your assignment.