Research Project Instructions GuideResearch Project Instructions Guide
Project Report and Presentation: All topics must be approved by the instructor.
The options to choose from to satisfy this requirement include;
a. The course term paper/presentation – is an in-depth research/review on a subject/topic in the area of Positive Psychology. The concepts you selected will be described in details in the report and then presented in an informative manner (be creative and dynamic – i.e., PowerPoint format) to the class for about five to ten minutes.
For the course term project, you will write an essay in which you present your own Personal Philosophy of Success. The purpose of your essay is to define the success strategies that you will use for years to come. This is an opportunity for you to develop self-discipline and awaken the motivation within. This essay is your chance to write the scriipt that will keep you on course to a rich, and personally fulfilling life!
To prevent the student from waiting until the last minute and assuring the best possibility of obtaining an excellent grade, it is her/his responsibility to present pages of the paper to the instructor at the specified classes. Feedback will be offered to improve the paper and prepare for its final product by the end of the term. Your sources are to be only from the professional literature (journals) and professional books. Cite all sources in the body of the paper in APA citation style, with an APA style References page at the end of paper containing professional journal references and other sources. Do not quote from your source, but simply put in your own words and cite the reference. While quality of content and writing is most important, the typical paper with focus on quality over quantity is somewhere between five to seven pages (double spaced). Use Arial or New Times Roman 12 point fonts only, double space between lines, and with 1 inch margin on all 4 sides. This is an opportunity for you to dig into a topic area that interests you and really learn what is known (or not) about it. Moreover, this is an opportunity for you to develop self discipline and awaken the motivation within. Ultimately, this essay is your chance to write the scriipt that will keep you on course to a rich, and personally fulfilling life!
An “A” project will
Demonstrate student’s careful consideration of three or more important success strategies.
Contain extensive support (examples, experiences, evidence, and/or explanation) for each strategy.
Show a commitment to excellence in preparation, including professional appearance, a command of standard English, and a dynamic presentation.
b. A Book Review – a written evaluation of a particular non-fiction work focusing on a topic of personal development. It takes the form of an essay. It is done after careful reading, note-taking, and analysis of what the author is trying to convey. Provide a thorough descriiption of the work, author’s perspectives, your position, and your opinion of the whole work. Remember, you cannot praise or condemn without proof, explain your personal reactions. See the Section on the – The course term paper/presentation to guide you with the required format.
You will have an opportunity to showcase and present (e.g., powerpoint, etc.,) your research on a subject/topic that you explored/ investigated. Presentations are a great way to have develop/practice your communications skills as well as build confidence. It is also another way to reinforce the knowledge and be able to professionally share it with others, a skill that most people will need in the world of work as well as life. Present your project as by telling a story, a scientific story, and not just read from the report. Address and discuss, the a) “why” you selected the topic, b) what were some of questions you were curious/intrigued about, c) what was your hypothesis, d) what did you learn and have a better understanding for, and d) most importantly how will you apply information/lessons learned for life and provide any suggestions you may have. Be creative, dynamic, professional and yourself
Include in your slides
Topic focus and direction
Questions intrigued to explore
Lessons and understanding
Application and next steps