In Master’s Thesis one should apply the editorial principles described in the APA Manual, VI edition:
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition by American Psychological Association
Preferred font is Times New Roman (or other serif) 12 pts. The entire text should be written using double-line spaced, left aligned, without hyphenation at the end of the line, the margins with a width of about 2.5 cm. It is not necessary to increase the spacing between the individual parts / subsections of the text, but each of the main chapters of the work should begin on a new page. Mathematical or statistical symbols and words of foreign origin, should be written in italics.
A three-tier structure of the subheadings is recommended (starting from the most general):
placed in the middle, without underlining without a dot at the end, small caps;
no indentation from the left side, without a dot at the end, a bold font, first row under subheading no indentation;
indentation on the left side, period at the end, no transition to a new line a bold font.
Relying on the references in the thesis text one should be given the author’s name and year of publication of the work. When the name of the author / authors is part of the sentence, the year of publication is placed in brackets, eg. Watson (2000); White and Carter (1968). When names are not a part of the sentence, they are placed together with the date (year) of publication in parentheses, separating these elements with a comma (Antonovsky, 1984). In the case of the quote one should give the page, eg. (Antonovsky, 1984, p. 125).
The optimal length of the main part of the thesis (without attachments) is approx. 2 sheets or 80 thousand characters (with spaces), which corresponds to the printout of approx. 44 pages (double spaced). Considerable, not justified substantive exceeding of the length of the work (eg. twice) can be enough cause of a reduction in the assessment of the thesis.
the work should include a cover page, table of contents, abstract in English, chapters: “The theoretical introduction”, “Method”, “Results” and “Discussion of Results”, then: “Quoted Literature / Bibliography” and “Appendices”.
Title page should be prepared in accordance with template (see in the Annex).
Table of contents should contain all the intertitles included in the work, and by every subheading the page number on which the subheading is placed should be given.
Abstract should not exceed 200 words. The content of the summary should be understandable without reference to the text work. Keywords should be included to the summary.
Theoretical introduction should be brief, directly related to the thesis problem, providing the necessary context to the theoretical hypotheses. It should be divided into several parts, each of which is preceded by subheading. Recommended length: 8-12 pages. In this section, the research questions and hypotheses should be presented. It is also permissible to put the description of hypotheses and research questions in the separate chapter, between the “theoretical introduction” and the “methodology”.
Method. Methodology used in the thesis should be presented in in a clear and precise way in order to allow for replication of the study. The chapter should present the the subjects and the manner of their selection and conduct of the study (procedure) and include a description of the indicators of individual variables and how they were measured. Detailed instructions, techniques, questionnaires and other materials should be included in the “Annexes” (These materials are not included in the total length of work). Do not describe in detail the well-known psychological tests, and only indicate the most important information to identify which of the Polish version of methodology was used in the research and provide important information about its psychometric values.
Results. The presentation of empirical results should be synthetic and communicative. The statistical analysis record, the results tables, and bibliography, should be in accordance with the standards of the APA. Description of conducted statistical analysis or qualitative analysis should be complete and allow the execution on the basis of a replication study. Please note that the thesis is a finished product and not the manuscript, so tables, graphs, diagrams and drawings should be included in the text.
Results discussion. The discussion of the results obtained in the presented thesis cannot be limited to the verification of hypotheses, but should be carried out in the context of the theory and the results of comparative empirical research discussed in the “theoretical introduction .”
Cited literature / Bibliography should include only those publications to which the author refers in his work (Note: Do not place in the bibliography of works cited by another author). Cited literature / bibliography should be arranged in alphabetical order (according to the authors’ nam
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