explain the design, independent and dependent variables as well as the participants and materials.

You are required to submit a proposal for a research project (1000 words). This can be for your dissertation topic if you have chosen one (recommended), although does not have to be. You will be required to think carefully about and plan your own piece of research. The proposal will clearly outline the research you plan to carry out. Its recommended you have your dissertation in mind when doing this work. Be realistic, ensure you use the material covered in lectures and seminars to guide you. You could also go the extra mile and meet with a potential level 6 dissertation supervisor for ideas and tips.
The following structure should be adhered to:
Title
Introduction
– Aims (at the end)
Method
– Design
– Participants
– Materials
– Procedure
References
You will have plenty to write in the introduction if you do the background reading just make sure to cite relevant research to support your statements with references. You should use your introduction as a justification for your research question or aims (these will need to feature at the very end of the introduction and should not be mentioned beforehand). You will need to put some thought into the method section to ensure that what you propose to do will address the research question effectively. You will need to include the methodology you will use in detail, explain the design, independent and dependent variables as well as the participants and materials. A good text to help with designing your study is the introduction to psychology research text book recommended in the reference section (e.g. Coolican). You must also pay attention to the ethical processes involved and include information on issues such as informed consent, confidentiality and other important requirements.