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Your Undergraduate Psychology Project: a BPS Guide [Hardcover]

Mark Forshaw
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27 Aug 2004
Getting started on your final year psychology research project? Not sure where to look for extra help? Terrified at the prospect? Your Undergraduate Psychology Project: A BPS Guide has been designed with the needs of the student in mind. Packed with hints and tips, and written in a simple, informal style, this ‘second supervisor’ is designed to ease you further into the world of research. A host of special features allow you the best possible chance of success: Structured chronologically around planning a project, carrying it out, and then writing it up; Gives practical advice on how to deal with day–to–day problems such as software failures or uncommunicative interviewees; Written in consultation with a number of experienced academics and students of psychology.


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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (27 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405119373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405119375
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,341,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An essential, practical guide for students conducting a final year study in psychology. This text provides guidance on many questions, enabling the student to make full use of valuable yet limited time with his or her supervisor. This text should be viewed as an invaluable asset to the project student." Paul Castle, Senior Lecturer in Sport Psychology, University College Worcester <!––end––> "This book is practical, easily accessible, well written and brimming with good advice. It offers guidelines to the psychology student on the often daunting task of designing and writing a final year dissertation. It begins by including helpful material on how to find relevant information about the chosen topic and helps steer the student through the entire research process, concluding the journey with the presentation of the final report. This book should not be too far away from any student′s side." Karen Monaghan, BSc (Hons) Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University, BPS Student Members′ Group – Chair 2004/5 "Final year psychology students carrying out a substantial empirical project should find this book very useful indeed. They should keep it by them and consult each section thoroughly at the start of each phase of their work: planning the project, gathering data, analysing data and, most importantly of all, writing it up. The text is crammed with the useful insight and experiences of an author who has clearly witnessed the passage of very many project students through their empirical trials; students should benefit from this experience by avoiding many of the pitfalls and blind alleys that lie in wait for the unwary and naïve psychological researcher. Despite its topic the book is not dry and the author’s own zest for research and generally humorous outlook on life shine through from most pages. When possible, and when it is appropriate, the author chooses highly entertaining examples to get across what could otherwise be a dreary point to the young reader ... The information on general writing is useful and perhaps students will pay more attention to it here (in an official and entertaining book) than they mostly do to the yards of similar information handed out by lecturers each year and steadfastly ignored in student reports. Overall, I found this a pleasant read and something which most research methods supervisors will be happy to add to the strongly recommended reading of their project students. Thoroughly read, it should give students no excuse not to obtain good marks with well–planned, executed and written up research projects." Hugh Coolican, author, ‘Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology’ "It will be useful for students of psychology at every stage, but particularly for final year students. It encourages students to think practically about how to design, conduct and write up project work, and it is a mine of useful information and guidelines. I would recommend it to any student of psychology who was conducting practical work." J.M. Carroll, British Journal of Educational Psychology (2006), 76.

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Getting started on your final year psychology research project? Not sure where to look for extra help? Terrified at the prospect? Your Undergraduate Psychology Project: A BPS Guide has been designed with the needs of the student in mind. Packed with hints and tips, and written in a simple, informal style, this ‘second supervisor’ is designed to ease you further into the world of research. A host of special features allow you the best possible chance of success: Structured chronologically around planning a project, carrying it out, and then writing it up; Gives practical advice on how to deal with day–to–day problems such as software failures or uncommunicative interviewees; Written in consultation with a number of experienced academics and students of psychology.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Undergraduate Must Have! 20 Sep 2005
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Format:Paperback
A thoughtfully written, well researched must have guide for any undergraduate looking for sound guidance in writing their final year dissertation.
Great tips on generating ideas for research, choosing the right research method/design, and on writing-up your dissertation.
Invaluable insights given by current undergrads and lecturers about their own experiences of the dissertation process which help students avoid many uneccessary pitfalls during the research/write-up process.
A highly recommended and informative companion to lessen the anxiety associated with dissertation projects.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent- must have for psychology undergraduates 20 April 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent book that guides you through your disseration. It tells you how to word things properly and what is expected. I used this book and it helped me get a first for my project.

I reccomend buying it earlier on your course so you have time to read it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect guide! 2 Dec 2010
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This truly is the best guide if you are a psychology student. I have another guide as well but this one really taps into the bps and psychology needs that you have to pay soo much attention to. It is especially helpful with ethics applications and the literature review. It is easy to read and understand with it virtually spelling out everything you need to do and to what kind of standard. It is quite small and very easy to carry around and take to the library or university. This will save you a lot of time and will make sure you create some quality work. There is no need to stress about your dissertation, this book will see you through.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good! 20 Feb 2011
By B.
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I'm currently doing my final year project and brought this book a few months ago before I started my project. I'm currently collecting my data and have started to write up my report and am finding this guide very helpful. It's short (which is great since there is enough to read for the project itself) and each section is clearly labelled making it easy to find what you're looking for, there are lots of tips about other aspects of the project apart from the write up and data collection, it starts from the very beginning from generating a research question and guides you right up to the end. When something is explained examples are usually given which make it easier to understand (how to generate a hypothesis for example), what I find very helpful is that in the results section it shows how the results should be reported and gives examples of how you would report different tests like ANOVA etc saving me from having to pull out the heavy statistics books.

I would definitely recommend it if you could do with a bit of extra help for your project.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful guide for psychology dissertation 3 Aug 2012
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I bought this book whilst in my second year due to the big panic of the third year dissertation, so I thought I'd get prepared and read up on what I'd be expected to do. I'm so glad I did buy this, as it literally went from the start, so it gave you suggestions on how to actually come up with a research project idea (probably the daunting bit as you have no idea where to start!). It then goes through every stage of the project, giving helpful tips along the way of what to do and what to avoid etc. It then also went through the write up process, again giving helpful tips on things such as how to present your data etc, and what you need to include in your intro and discussion.
I definitely found it a really helpful guide when doing my dissertation, and was easy to dip into, so you can read the bits you need when you need them. Definitely reduces the anxiety around the dissertation too, as well as helping you to avoid common mistakes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A god send. 24 Mar 2014
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This book is an amazing companion to have when doing an undergraduate dissertation/thesis. It has helped me on every stage of my write-up.

The book is divided into two general sections, the first discussing how to go about constructing a study and how to collect the data and design it well. Don't do what I did and get this book after your data collection! It's so helpful for every part of a dissertation. The second part of the book focuses solely on the write-up afterwards, going into a lot of detail on each section, as well as common faults found in written work. It even tells you some grammar do's and don't's.

The best part has to be the comical tone and drawings. They make it a much lighter read for a person who is undoubtedly having to do a lot of heavy reading!
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