Write a research report based on a hypothetical research study.  Conducting research and writing a report is common practice for many students and practitioners in any of the behavioral sciences fields.  
 

A research report, which is based on scientific method, is typically composed of the different sections listed below:

Together, these sections should tell the reader what was done, how it was done, and what was learned through the research.  You will create a research report based on a hypothetical problem, sample, results, and literature review.  Organize your data by creating meaningful sections within your report. Make sure that you:

Focus of the Research Report
To begin, create a hypothetical research study (you do not have to carry out the study; you will just have to describe it) that is based on the three pieces of information listed below.  Once you have your hypothetical study created, write a three- to four-page research report (excluding title and reference pages) that outlines the study.  You are encouraged to be creative with your research study, but be sure to follow the format outlined below and adhere to APA formatting as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Your hypothetical research study should be based on the following information:

Your research study must contain the following:

  1. Title Page 
    1. Title of       your report
    2. Your name
    3. The course
    4. Instructor
    5. Date
  2. Introduction 
    1. Introduce       the research topic, explain why it is important, and present the purpose       of the paper and the research question and hypothesis. 
    2. Discuss how       this study is related to other research on the topic.
    3. Elaborate on       the information from the references you were given.  State how they       relate to your hypothesis.
    4. Your       introduction must:
      • Consist of        a paragraph explaining what you are studying and why. Use previously        cited research to explain your expectations and discuss how those expectations        led to your hypothesis.
      • State a        clear and testable hypothesis and whether it is one-tailed or        two-tailed.  Make sure it is understandable to someone who has not        read the rest of your paper yet.  State the null hypothesis. 
      • Include a        justification of the direction of your hypothesis.  In other words,        explain why you chose the direction of your hypothesis if it is        one-tailed (e.g., previous research suggests that people with big feet        are more likely to score higher on math tests; therefore the hypothesis        is one-tailed) or if it is two-tailed (e.g., previous research is not        clear on which group will perform better; therefore, the hypothesis is        two-tailed).
      • Describe        why this study is important.
  1. Design: State the experimental      design of your study, the independent and dependent
         variables, and what the task was (e.g., what you had the participants do).
  2. Participants: Identify and      describe your sample, how the participants were selected
         to be in the study, and why you chose them.  Provide details for how      each individual was
         assigned to each group.
  3. Procedure: Describe the      precise procedure you used to conduct this research (i.e., exactly
         what you did).  It should be clear enough that anyone could replicate      your study.  This is the
         subsection where you tell the reader how you collected the data.
  4. Data Analysis: Describe the      statistical procedure used in the study to analyze the data.
  1. Did you accept      the hypothesis or reject it? 
  2. Compare your      results to the previous studies mentioned in the introduction.  Are      your results similar or different? Discuss why.
  3. Tell the      readers what your findings mean.  Why did you get the results you      did?

You may access the Critical Thinking Community (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. website for tips on how to formulate your report in a logical and meaningful manner.
Writing the Research Report
The Assignment:

  1. Must be three      to four double-spaced pages in length (excluding title and reference      pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford      Writing Center.
  2. Must include a      title page with the following:
  3. Title of paper
  4. Student’s name
  5. Course name      and number
  6. Instructor’s      name
  7. Date submitted
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