Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence And Academic Achievement

PSY1022 Research Proposal Marking Guide
Section Description and Marking Criteria Marks
Title Page Clear and succinct title that reflects the main topic and
relationship between the variables in the proposed study.
Title page should also include: your name, unit name and
code, due date, your allocated consultation, and your
word count.
· Title includes the independent and dependent
variables (or predictor and criterion variables)
· Length of title should be 100 characters (12
words) including spaces or less (strict limit)


Abstract Summary of each of the main sections of the proposal.
· States the main background, aim and
hypothesis of the proposed study
· Mentions the proposed participants and an
overview of what they would be asked to do (e.g.,
any measures you would request them to
· Includes the practical or theoretical implications of
the study assuming that the hypothesis is
· Approximately 150 words in length; should not
exceed 200 words (strict limit)


Introduction Provides a brief critical review of relevant research on the
topic (around five references) including a theoretical
explanation for the research question, and a clear
rationale for the proposed study. The Introduction closes
with the aim of the study, and a clearly operationalized
· Introductory paragraph gives a broad overview of
the topic with a rationale for the importance of
researching the topic
· Key papers succinctly reviewed (i.e., evidence of
synthesis of past research; around five


· Gaps and limitations in previous research
identified (i.e., evidence of critical evaluation)
· Aim included and follows logically from
Introduction (written in future tense)
· Hypothesis operationalized and directional, with
independent and dependent variables or
predictor and criterion variables clearly specified
(written in future tense)
· Approximate Length: 800 words

Method The Method should describe the proposed Participants,
Design, Materials and Procedure, and should pay
attention to the ethical standards required of research
performed at Monash University. Note that you are only
designing the study; you will not be required to
actually conduct the study.
· Written in future tense
· Participants subsection included which
o who the proposed participants are (e.g.,
sample size, age, gender);
o where the participants will be recruited
from (e.g., Monash University or
elsewhere); and
o the sampling method used (e.g.,
convenience sampling)

· Design subsection included which describes
(in operationalized form):
o what the dependent and independent
variables are (or predictor and criterion
variables for a correlational study);
o if groups will be compared, also states
the levels of the independent variable and
whether the design is between-subjects

(i.e., independent-measures) or within-
subjects (i.e., repeated-measures)


· Materials subsection included which describes
how you will measure your variables based on
the design – e.g., any tests used and how they
will be scored for each group
· Procedure subsection included which displays
awareness of ethical issues, and details:
o whether participants will be naïve with
regards to the study’s purpose;
o (if relevant) how participants will be
assigned to different conditions; and
o what exactly participants will be
requested to do (i.e., provides sufficient
detail for someone else to replicate the

· Approximate Length: 450 words

Outcomes and

Summarises what the expected results are if the
hypothesis is supported. With reference to previous
literature, the two possible study outcomes (i.e.,
hypothesis supported/hypothesis not supported) should
be interpreted with regard to both theoretical and
methodological explanations; key limitations should be
raised, and future research recommended. This section
should close with a statement about the broader
implications of the study.
· Statement given of expected findings (i.e.,
results) and how these relate to the hypothesis
· Addresses two key questions (Mitchell &
Jolley, 2010):
1. “What would be the implications for
interpreting existing theory and research if
your hypothesis is supported?”
2. “What would be the implications if the
results don’t support your hypothesis?” (p.

· Mentions limitations of the study
· Suggests improvements or extensions of the
study (i.e., future research directions)


· Discusses the practical (i.e., real-world)
implications of the study
· Approximate Length: 550 words

and General

The English expression and format of the research
proposal should be clear and easy to follow. The
structure, format, and in-text citations and references
used in the proposal should abide by APA 6th style.
While the number of references required in your proposal
will depend on your choice of references and topic, you
should aim to include around 6 new references (other
than the starting reference provided). These should be
empirical papers published in journals, rather than
textbooks or reference books. Your reference list should
only include references which you have explicitly referred
to in your proposal (i.e., it should not be a bibliography).
· All papers referred to in the proposal are
included in the references section and vice versa
· References, in-text citations, and quotations
adhere to APA 6th style
· The structure and formatting of the proposal
abides by APA 6th style (e.g., headings, spacing,
margins, page numbering)
· Appropriate acknowledgment of ideas,
statements, and past research is provided, in the
form of in-text citations and quotations
. Easy to read, understand, well-organised.
. 2000 word limit not exceeded (a penalty of 5%
will be applied for going over the word limit). The 2000
word count includes the Abstract.

Note that the title page, and reference
list is not included in the word count.
In-text citations are included in the
word count.



For guidance on American Psychological Association (APA) 6th style, please refer to:

Findlay, B. (2019). How to write psychology research reports and essays (8th ed.).
Melbourne, Vic, Australia: Pearson.

Web-based tutorials and additional information on APA 6th style is available on the
PSY1022 Moodle site.
· Refer to the ‘Assignment 2 Resources’ to Assist You with Preparing Your
Research Proposal’ link provided under the Research Proposal heading.



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