IGNOU M.A. PSYCHOLOGY Final year has Project Work which is a 6 credit course. Each learner has to undertake a
Project work in any topic of her/his interest based on their specialisation group such as Clinical
Psychology, Counselling Psychology or Industrial and Organisational Psychology.
The course codes are as follows:
IGNOU MPCE 016: Project in Clinical Psychology
IGNOU MPCE 026: Project in Counselling
IGNOU MPCE 036: Project in Industrial and Organisational Psychology
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT SYNOPSIS REPORT AT IGNOU MA PSYCHOLOGY (MAPC) LEVEL (MPCE 016/MPCE 026/ MPCE 036)
Within this framework, Project Work at the M.A. level (MPCE 016/026/036) has the following
specific objectives to enable a learner to:
• Identify and formulate research problems
• Write a good research proposal
• Identify and use appropriate research design
• Conduct scientific investigation in a systematic way
• Collect and analyse the data
• Learn to use appropriate statistical methods
Preparation/Formulation of IGNOU MAPC Project Proposal
The learners have to choose a particular area in which they are interested. Then in consultation
with the Guide, they have to select a particular topic for their project work.
The project proposal is an outline of the detailed work to be undertaken by the learner.
The following format can be followed for preparing the project proposal:
• The Title of the Proposed Project
• Background of the Study
• Methodology: Sample, Tests/Tools, Statistics to be used
Project Proposal Submission and Approval
The learner has to prepare the project proposal/synopsis and submit it at the Study Centre itself.
The Programme Incharge of the Study Centre will then examine the proposals and give the
approval. Wherever modification is required, these will be conveyed to the learner and accordingly
the learner will resubmit it to the study centre with necessary modifications.
The project proposal should be submitted in A4 size paper typed in double space alongwith a
consent letter of the Guide ( Appendix II) and the proforma for approval (Appendix III).
Learner is advised to retain a copy of the synopsis. Proposals not accompanying above papers
will not be considered for approval. Please submit proposal before the last date of submission.
LAST DATES FOR IGNOU MAPC PROJECT SYNOPSIS REPORT SUBMISSION
IGNOU PROPOSAL/SYNOPSIS: 30th September
IGNOU PROJECT REPORT/DISSERTATION: 31st March
IGNOU PROPOSAL/SYNOPSIS:31st March
IGNOU PROJECT REPORT/DISSERTATION: 30th September
FORMAT OF THE PROJECT REPORT/DISSERTATION
The size of the project report depends on the nature of the theme of the project. However, it is
desirable that the project report should be around 100 pages typed in double space. Report
should be in A4 size papers and in a bound form.
The report should be in the following format.
Title: The first page of the report should indicate the title of the project, name of the candidate,
address, enrolment number and year.
Table of Contents:
Introduction: This section will introduce the problem. It should be able to give an idea to the
reader what the topic is all about, how did the topic emerge, and what made the researcher take
up the topic. The introduction must contain the rationale and purpose of the research.
Review of the literature: Review of literature is a collective body of works done by earlier
researchers and published in the form of books, journals, articles. It helps in generating ideas
and developing significant questions for the research work.
Significance of the Study: The rationale for carrying out the particular project is explained
Objectives/ hypothesis: This will basically consist of the main objectives or purpose of the
research. For example,To study the effect of family environment on self concept of the students.
A hypothesis is also provided which is a tentative statement about the cause and effect relationship
between the independent and dependent variables.
Methodology: Methodology includes Sample, Tests/Tools, Statistical Analysis. The size and
nature of the sample will depend on the topic selected. Tests/ tools are to be selected based on
the objectives of the research. The data collected with the help of the tests/ tools is then analysed
by using appropriate statistical techniques.
Result and Discussion: The findings of the research after the statistical analysis of data are
reported in tabular and graphical form. This is then discussed in the light of the existing research
studies. The implication of the findings are also discussed.
Conclusion: Under this heading, the learner has to conclude the findings of research.
Delimitations: Constraints and limitations of the research are mentioned here.
Suggestions for further work: Based on the research findings, the learner can give suggestions
for further research in the particular area.
References (APA style): References have to be written in APA format.These should be
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER DURING SUBMISSION
For Submission Of The IGNOU MAPC Project Proposal
1) Submit only one copy of the Project Proposal, and retain a copy with you.
2) MPCE 016/026/036 (whichever is appropriate) should be written prominently on the
envelope and should be submitted at the Study Centre.
3) Ensure the inclusion of the following while submitting the proposal:
a) Proforma for Approval of Project Proposal, duly filled and signed by both, the learner
and the guide/supervisor.
b) Detailed Bio-data of the Supervisor/Guide duly signed by him/her (in case where the
Academic Counsellor is not the Guide).
c) Consent letter of the Supervisor/Guide.
d) Synopsis of the Project.
4) The Synopsis of the Project Proposal should include the following:
a) Title of the Project/Dissertation
b) Background of the Study
d) Objectives of the Study
e) Research Methodology to be used for carrying out the study (detailing nature of data,
data sources, collection methods, tools and techniques of analysis, sampling, etc.)
f) Limitations, if any, and the direction for the future study.
FOR SUBMISSION OF THE IGNOU MAPC PROJECT REPORT/DISSERTATION
1) The Project Report/ Dissertation should be submitted in original in A-4 size paper, typed in
double space, in a bound volume at the concerned Study Centre.
4) Before binding the Project Report the student should ensure it contains the following in
a) Approved Project Proposal Proforma
b) Approved Project Synopsis
c) Certificate of Originality (Appendix – IV)
5) Learner should keep a copy of the Project Report with him/her, as the Project Report/
Dissertation will not be returned to the learner.
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