explain how you would use this design to learn about your topic of interest.

Paper Assignment 1

As you have learned from Module 2, there are several ways to get information on human beings.
One way is to conduct an experiment (pp. 23-26), another way might be to do a correlational study
(pp. 22-23).
In Paper Assignment 1, you will be showing me that you know how to conduct a research project by
proposing a project that you might be interested in.  You will not be actually doing any research,
you are only planning it… but who knows where this proposal will take you down the road! (smile)
Your task is to propose a study on a topic you are interested in. You will be proposing a study that
you'd like to see done (you choose the topic), and then you will choose one of the techniques
mentioned above (experiment or correlation) and explain how you would use this design to learn
about your topic of interest.
There are several parts to Paper Assignment 1:
1. choose a topic
2. write a hypothesis
3. create the variables you will be studying to test your hypothesis (identify your operational
4. find your sample
5. design an experimental study OR design a correlational study to test your hypothesis
Paper 1 is worth 100 points.  It must be submitted in Canvas, through the plagiarism program,
For full credit, you must be thorough in your answers.  Your job is to “teach” your reader (who has
no background in psychology) about the design you are using. Show me what you know.
You should use your own words ALWAYS; you are not allowed to use quotations from any
source; do not copy phrases from my examples. Don't be shy about asking me questions, but don't
wait until the last minute. Be sure to re-read my Plagiarism Policy in Week Two.


In the following instructions, I have highlighted the components that you must cover in your essay
for the first half of the paper (parts 1, 2, & 3) and have given examples from my own proposal; of
course, you must come up with your own very interesting topic.
Your proposal should include:
1. What you are interested in learning about and why this topic is important to you; be sure to
provide a personal connection/experience to the topic (20%)
a. Example: I want to do my study on Chinese American women and how they
developed their identities (how they saw themselves).  I choose this topic because I
(as a Chinese American woman) had struggled with knowing who I was (hence,

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failing college 3 times – yikes!) and I want to know what components lead to a strong
(vs weak) sense of identity: how do Chinese American women develop a clarity of
vision about themselves and their goals?  I am worried about my nieces and how
they might develop as a result of growing up in a patriarchal culture – both as a
Chinese American and as an American blah blah. I already see how they are affected
blah blah way in their families.
1. It is important that you choose a topic that you are personally interested in.
You will not score well if you write, “Well, it just sounded interesting to
me.”  Tell me why this topic is important to you. If it’s not important to you,
then don’t choose that topic.

2. What your hypothesis is – what do you think you will find out in your study? (10%)
a. My hypothesis: Chinese American women growing up in a traditional patriarchal
family will have a weak sense of identity – they won't have direction in their lives.
1. Use your text to guide you on how to write your hypothesis (or ask me for
2. A hypothesis is (usually) one sentence that says what you think you will find
out in your study.

3. The variables – what are the things you will be studying (and thus, measuring)? It may be
helpful to provide operational definitions of what you will be studying. Be specific: how will
you measure these variables? Give examples of your measuring “tool.” (20%)
a. I want to measure a) the level of tradition in a Chinese American woman's family;
and see if it's related to b) a measure of her identity. (Can you see how these
variables are related to my hypothesis?)
1. I will create a survey-type tool to measure traditionalism, which the women
will fill out.
a. One question might be: On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you want
a baby boy over a baby girl in the future; 1=baby boy, 10=baby girl.
1. notice that this measuring tool is a range; it is not Yes/No or

b. Another question might be: blah blah
c. You should provide at least 2 ways (two different questions/scales to
measure traditionalism) to measure this variable
2. I will also create a survey-type tool to measure identity
a. One question might be: On a scale of 1 to 10, how happy are you with
your current job?  1=not happy at all, 10=extremely happy.
b. Another question might be: blah blah
c. You should provide at least 2 ways (two different questions/scales to
measure identity) to measure this second variable

3. Do not propose using measures that are already existence; show me that you
know how to get the answers you want (for example, don't use the standard
IQ test or a phone app that measures social media use)

*your hypothesis will be explained differently depending on what kind of design you use (i.e.,
experiments and surveys will have different guidelines)

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You must use this rubric to write your paper and your peer reviews.
After you submit your draft, it will be Peer Reviewed by… well… your peers.  In other words, I
will break the class into groups and a few of your classmates will be looking at your draft and
giving you feedback; you will be doing the same for them.  All of you will be using the same rubric
to provide feedback; in doing so, everyone will be clearer as to what a strong paper looks like.
 Peer Reviews for Paper 1A Draft are due the following Sun after the Draft has been
o Each draft is worth 10 points
o Each peer review is worth 10 points
o Each student will submit one draft and complete peer reviews* for two classmates
 Part 2 of the Paper Assignment 1 (which covers the last 2 parts of the assignment)
 Peer Reviews for Paper 1B Draft are due the following Sun, March 28, 11:59pm (Week 8)
 Finally, Paper Assignment 1 (the final

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