[Answered 2024] PSY3215 Paper V (Final Paper) – Assignment Solution

PSY3215 Paper V (Final Paper) – Assignment Solution

PSY3215 Paper V (Final Paper)

Purpose of Paper V (Final Paper)

1). Psychological Purpose

The psychological purpose behind Paper V is to finish the research paper you have been working on all semester. Once the semester is over, you will be able to combine all your papers into one and use them on job or graduate school applications. This is why you should work very hard on adopting our feedback and improving it – so that you make a great impression on employers and universities.

PSY3215 Paper V (Final Paper)
PSY3215 Paper V (Final Paper)

The Abstract is one of the first items readers see. You need to convey a lot of information in this very short paragraph, as the potential reader will decide whether to read your full paper based on the information in the Abstract. There are several elements needed in the Abstract about both of your studies, including information about: a). your research questions, b). your participants, c). your experimental methodology, d). your findings, and e). your conclusions.

Being able to write a precise yet succinct Abstract takes some effort, so make sure you go through several drafts before settling on your final version. Make sure to include keywords / key phrases as well (remember entering keywords into Psyc Info when you searched for articles? The authors actually recommended those keywords, so if you want to increase the number of times your paper comes up for readers, use good keywords!)

Your General Discussion section will also be new in Paper V. Here, you will summarize your results from BOTH studies and draw conclusions, but you will NOT use statistics again. This section will evaluate both of your studies together and see if (and how) they connect and lead you to general conclusions. That is, your general discussion is the end of your story, so make sure to tie it back to information that you presented throughout both of your studies. You can also identify flaws in your study designs as well as propose new directions for future research in this section.

2). APA Formatting Purpose

Paper V should follow all APA formatting guidelines. See our feedback on prior papers, use Chapter 14 in your textbook, and look at the instructions on the next page for help with formatting

3). Writing Purpose

Paper V is your final paper in the course, and it should reflect the skills and knowledge you have developed throughout the semester. You should be able to convey information to an educated reader, but one who is unfamiliar with your specific study and the content area. More importantly, many students use Paper V as their writing sample for graduate school or job applications, thus your paper should be grammatically correct and easy to read yet informative for a reader who may have little to no knowledge of your specific topic. Thus, educate your reader, but keep in mind that your reader is probably intelligent.

Note that the plagiarism limit for Paper V is 25%. I expect less overlap in your lit reviews and discussions than in the methods/results. As usual, references, citations, and predictions are not included in the plagiarism limit.

Instructions for Paper V: Final Paper (Worth 30 Points)

  1. Title Page: I expect the following format
    1. This Title Page section will be one (1) page in proper APA format
  2. Abstract NEW SECTION
    1. The Abstract starts on its own page, with the word Abstract centered and bolded.
    2. A Running head is not needed, as per APA 7th edition standards. If you have one, ensure it is properly formatted.
    3. Make sure there is a page number on the Abstract page.
    4. The abstract should be between 150 and 200 words, and must include ALL of the following elements in order:
      1. Identify your general problem or research question
      2. Note your participants
  • Note your experimental method (i.e., participants were randomly assigned to conditions)
  1. Note your findings for both studies
  2. Note your conclusions about the studies as a whole
  1. Keywords/phrases are required for your paper (at least 5 keywords or phrases)
  1. General Discussion NEW SECTION
    1. Write the word General Discussion at the top of this section, centered and bolded. This section comes directly after the Abstract, but starts on its own page.
    2. At the beginning of this section, give a brief reminder of your predictions from both study one and study two. Then provide a discussion of your results. In plain English (not statistics), tell me what you found. In this discussion, you should talk about all of the following:
      1. An explanation of your findings – across both studies, did your results support or not support your hypothesis?
        1. If you found support, tie it in with the prior research you cited in your literature review as well as your predictions. You may want to refer back to your literature review, and re-cite some of the studies you mentioned there (I really recommend that, in fact!).
        2. If you didn’t find any support for your hypotheses, contrast your findings with prior research. You can highlight differences in your methodologies. You may also find other studies that either support your results or help explain why you found what you found.
        3. If one study found support and the other did not, try to explain the discrepancy.
        4. In a nutshell, tell me how both studies help inform the reader about the nature of your variables and how they impact human behavior.
      2. Next, examine study limitations – would other methods have been better? Were there problems with your study that a follow-up study should fix?
  • Propose future directions for research – If you could do your studies over again, what would you change? Or how might you expand them?
  1. Optional: Talk about the ethics of your study – Did you follow ethical guidelines? Were participants harmed in any manner?
  1. Use the General Discussion sections in the articles you reviewed in your literature review as a guide in writing and organizing this section in your paper.
  2. The general discussion section must have minimum of one (1) full page of text and a maximum of three (3) pages. If it is only one page, it better be very, very good! I actually expect to see closer to two pages.
  1. Overall writing quality
    1. Make sure you check your paper for proper spelling and grammar. The Writing Center is available if you want someone to look over your paper (an extra eye is always good!) and give you advice.

Other Guidelines for Paper V: The Final Paper

  • 1). Pay attention to the page length requirements
  • 2). Page size is 8 1/2 X 11” with all 4 margins set at on inch on all sides. You must use a consistent 12-point font. Double space EVERYTHING.
  • 3). PLEASE use a spell checker to avoid unnecessary errors. Proofread everything you write. I actually recommend reading some sentences aloud to see if they flow well, or getting family or friends to read your work.

Finally, go look at the supporting documents for this paper. Like prior papers, there is a checklist, a grade rubric, and an example paper for Paper V. All will give you more information about what we are specifically looking for as well as a visual example of how to put it all together in your paper. Good luck

Checklist – Paper V: Final Paper

Use the check sheet below to make sure your paper is the best it can be! Make sure you answer “Yes” to all questions before submitting your paper!

*Use your title page from Paper IV (revised if you made errors)*

Abstract (This section is all new)
Yes No  
    1.      If you have a Running head, is it properly formatted?
    2.      Do you have a page number on every page?
    1.      1.  Is the word Abstract centered & bolded at the top of the page?
    2.      2.   Does the abstract start on its own page (page 2)
    3.      Did you identify your problem or research question?
    4.      Did you discuss your participants?
    5.      Did you mention participants were randomly assigned?
    6.      Did you note your findings?
    7.      Did you note your conclusions?
    8.      Is your abstract between 150 and 200 words?
    9.      Did you include at least five keywords or key phrases?
Discussion  (This section is all new)
Yes No Title for the references page
    1.      Does the discussion start on its own page?
    2.      Is the word “Discussion” centered and bolded?
  Discussion Content
    1.      Did you provide a brief summary of your hypotheses and then note whether your results supported or did not support your hypotheses?
    2.      Did you avoid restating your statistics and instead use everyday language?
    3.      Did you mention your study limitations?
    4.      Did you mention potential follow-up studies
    5.      IF you cited in this section, did you cite using APA formatting?


(30 points total)

  Met standards Met most standards Did not meet most standards Did not meet standards
1. Abstract




starts on its own page. the word ‘Abstract’ is centered & bolded at the top of the page. clearly identifies problem or research question. thoroughly describes participants. notes experimental method, findings, & conclusion. Is between 150-200 words. includes 5 keywords. is very well written.


starts on its own page. the word ‘Abstract’ is centered & bolded at the top of the page. mostly identifies problem or research question &/or mostly describes participants. may or may not note experimental method. mostly discusses findings & conclusion. is between 150-200 words. includes 3-4 keywords. is well written.


does not start on its own page &/or the word ‘Abstract’ is not centered and/or bolded at the top of the page. loosely identifies problem or research question &/or loosely describes participants. Does not note experimental method. does not discuss findings &/or conclusion. is fewer than 150 words. includes 2-3 keywords. is poorly written.


is incomplete in most criteria as noted in column 1. quality of section is severely lacking or is not present.
2. Discussion






section starts on its own page. the word ‘Discussion’ is centered & bolded. provides brief & thorough summary of most hypotheses and notes whether results supported hypotheses. avoids restating statistics & uses everyday language. includes study limitations. mentions potential follow-up studies. citations are properly formatted. is very well written.


section starts on its own page. the word ‘Discussion’ is centered & bolded. provides mostly thorough & brief summary of most hypotheses & may or may not note whether results supported hypotheses. avoids restating statistics & uses everyday language. may or may not include study limitations &/or potential follow-up studies. citations are properly formatted. is well written. section does not start on its own page. the word ‘Discussion’ may not be centered and/or bolded. provides brief summary of hypotheses & does not note whether results supported hypotheses. may restate statistics &/or not use everyday language. does not include study limitations &/or potential follow-up studies. citations are improperly formatted. is poorly written. this section is either missing or severely lacking most criteria as noted on the first column.
3. Title Page APA






page number is flush right. title is 12 words or fewer, centered, bolded, and words with four or more letters start with a capital letter. Ii there is a Running head, it is properly formatted. the title page has some minor mistakes, as noted in the first column, but is generally correct.


the title page has many fundamental errors in formatting of the title, as noted in the first column. title page consistently does not follow the formatting instructions provided.



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