PHT 6970

Master’s Project

Research Project Guidelines

Research Projects

Research project proposals should include a title page, an abstract, an introduction, a review of the literature, a methods section, a results section, and a discussion and conclusion section. An activity log must be included as an appendix to the project manuscript.

Title page: Use the University's format for the title page, substituting the word "Project" for "Thesis." (Sample title page)

Abstract: The abstract is no more than one page, single-spaced and includes headings for each paragraph (background and purpose, subjects, methods, results, and discussion and conclusion).  (Sample abstract)

Introduction: Briefly state the relevance of the study for physical therapy, the specific purpose of the of the project, and the research questions(s) or hypothesis(es).

Review of the Literature: The review of the literature section of a research paper should briefly describe the methodology and findings from published literature relevant to the study being described (e.g. justify the variables, hypotheses, sample, or methodology). A summary at the end of the review of the literature section should note the relevance of the review to the study being proposed.

Methods: The methods section should describe the sample and its selection; the research design and procedures; the nature of the data; the data collection instrument(s); and methods of data collection, reduction, and analysis.

Results: The results section should give a verbal summary of the results together with any statistical summary of the data (using tables, figures and/or charts).

Discussion and conclusion: State conclusions based directly on the research question/hypothesis and the results of the study, then expand with an explanation of the findings and the relationship of the findings to the review of the literature. Include a discussion of the implications of the findings and conclusions.  

References: Only references cited in the body of the paper (usually in the literature review or discussion sections) are included in the reference section. 

Tables: Tables should be on a separate page each and should follow the references, and precede figures and the appendices.

Appendices:

  1. IRB approval letter (as appropriate)

  2. Research instruments (as appropriate)

  3. Activity log (table or journal of activities, amount of time spent, and person carrying out the activity)

A.            Elements of the Manuscript

1.      All manuscripts must include a title page, an abstract, and key words.

2.      Abstracts: All abstracts should be no more than one page, single-spaced and include headings (background and purpose, subjects, methods, results, and discussion and conclusion). See the sample abstract.

3.      Key words: At the bottom of the abstract page, include 3 to 5 words or short phrases that capture the primary content of the manuscript.

B.            Manuscript Format

1.         Logic and Clarity:  The sequence of thought must make sense.  Words/sentences must be understandable. Terminology must be consistent with the terminology used in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, and people-first language should be used throughout the manuscript.

2.         Organization and Format:  The abstract, organization of the manuscript, tables/figures and reference style must be consistent with AMA style. The information must be correctly placed.  Elements of paper must be in correct order: title page, abstract, body of manuscript, references, tables, figures, appendices. The grammar must be correct.

C.        The Initial Proposal

1.         During the first semester of PHT 6970, the student must submit, at a minimum, a proposal for completing a research project, and an IRB proposal. The research proposal must, at a minimum, include: an abstract, an introduction, a review of the literature, a methods section, and a discussion and conclusion section that includes a discussion of the expected impact of upholding and disproving the null hypothesis.

2.         A passing grade for the first semester of PHT 6970, Master’s Project for a research project will be based on submission of the minimum elements rated at a level of “3” or better as described below. Proposals lacking any of these elements will receive a grade of  “Incomplete.”  Students receiving a grade of “incomplete” will be required to register for three credits of PHT 6970 in the subsequent semester and to re-write the manuscript to an acceptable level. Failure to submit the research proposal and the IRB proposal at least three weeks prior to the date that grades are due will result in a grade of “F.”

D.        The Final Paper

A rating of “2” or better must be obtained in all areas described below for a final grade of “P” in PHT 6970. Failure to receive a rating of “2” or better in all areas will result in a grade of “incomplete.” Students receiving a grade of “incomplete” will be required to register for three credits of PHT 6970 in the subsequent semester and to re-write the manuscript to an acceptable level. Failure to submit the final report at least three weeks prior to the date that grades are due will result in a grade of “F.”

E.            Manuscript Rating

            1 = excellent

            2 = good

            3 = fair

            4 = poor

            5 = unacceptable

 

Rating

1. Theoretical rationale

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2. Method

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3. Results

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4. Style

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5. Format

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6. Significance of this project

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April 24, 2003