The structure of the research project

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There is a set structure to the research project and the examiners are expecting it to be written like this. Try to keep to this structure and remember to read the ‘improving your grade‘ page for more tips and advice on getting the best coursework grade.

Title
Concise describing the research. E.g. An experiment to test the effect of A on B; or A correlation between A and B

Abstract
Concise summary of the research including, but not limited to: previous research; aim; design; sample; results; conclusions.

Background
Previous Research
Justification

Aim & Hypotheses
Clearly state the aim, hypothesis and null hypothesis of the research. Ensure that the hypotheses are fully operationalised.

Methodology
Include apparatus, sample, design, procedure, ethics and variables. Importantly – could it be replicated?

Results
Results section is for displaying the data collected and analysis of results – there should be no evaluation or commentary on why/how/problems with research (this comes in the discussion).

  • Descriptive Statistics: Table and/or chart to show summary of findings with brief commentary.
  • Inferential Statistics: Use of inferential statistic and justification for using that test. Show results of stats test but not working or raw data. Statement of conclusion: As ___ is larger/smaller than the critical value it is (not)possible to reject the null hypothesis which stated …

Discussion
Statement of findings & suggestions as to why? Evaluation of research and methodology. Future research (What would I do differently? What else could I study? Have I identified an erroneous variable that could be of interest?)

References
Full references not just a bibliography. Also ensure that you reference statistical test (text with critical values) and any other resources the project refers to.

Appendices
Check references against the text of the report and make sure that anything referenced in the report is in the appendices. Raw data; stats test print outs; debriefing; questionnaires etc …

Mark Breakdown
You can get a maximum of 40 marks for the research project and it’s broken down like this:

  • Abstract 2
  • Background 5
  • Aim/Hypothesis 3
  • Methodology 8
  • Results 8
  • Discussion 10
  • Presentation and Communication 4

If you want more details on what you get the marks for then you can look at the official mark scheme.

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  4. jose leon June 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    it´s good because i learn to organize my Project, based in discussion, methodology and results

  5. Marcela July 15, 2014 at 8:09 am #

    Hi… What does – means?

  6. seo king April 25, 2015 at 8:10 am #

    yeah that works

  7. Douglas jose jam pitalua June 24, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

    this has given better ideas on how to start a project and that is so necessary to go along with a justification and to set the objectives really clear as well as to have it well structurized on who, what, when,why the project

  8. Andrea Garzon September 13, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

    Excellent overview of the Project!

  9. karugu October 3, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

    the post is just amazing…atleast writing my project now will not be a big deal

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