PSYC E-497 Crafting the Thesis Proposal in Psychology Tutorial
Fall term 2017 CRN 15482
The focus of this tutorial is to prepare a draft thesis proposal as the first stage of the thesis process. The tutorial guides students through every aspect of the thesis proposal process, working from a chosen topic area to selecting a research problem, followed by specifying a research question, creating a testable hypothesis, and determining an appropriate method for answering the question. To support this process students search and review related literature, reading and critiquing sample papers to identify key components of a successful academic paper. The tutorial continues the development of students' scholarly writing skills and research abilities, discussing writing techniques and appropriate sourcing and citation methods as they study each of the elements of a proposal and analyze proposal examples. Students are asked to write and revise each section of the proposal, culminating in a draft of a complete proposal by the end of the tutorial. Students should not register for this tutorial unless they are ready to engage in the entire thesis process. They should consider if this is the right time to start independent research, as the goal of the tutorial is to move from crafting the thesis proposal to thesis registration with no extended breaks. Students should begin the thesis project during the next semester or two after completing this tutorial.