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1 M PHIL IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES UNIVERSITY OF COLOMBO GUIDELINE FOR DISSERTATION Below are prescribed guidelines to follow when presenting your dissertation towards the M Phil in Clinical Psychology program. These guidelines are designed to achieve standardization across all dissertations presented. DISSERTATION OUTLINE: Declaration TABLE OF CONTENTS Abstract 1 Acknowledgments 3 Table of Contents 5 List of Tables List of Figures List of Graphs List of Abbreviations Chapter 1: Introduction Background 1.2 Statement of the Problem 1.3 Rationale for the study 1.4 Objectives of the study 1.5 Scope of the Study 1.6 Terminology (if required) 1.7 Structure of the Chapters Chapter 2: Review of Literature Introduction Conceptual model of the study 2.7 Summary: Literature review

2 Chapter 3: Methodology 3.1 Adaptation, development and validation of the study instruments Identification and selection of the quantitative study instruments Translating the quantitative study instruments Content and consensual validation of the Pre-testing the Construct validation Testing the reliability Pilot testing the Finalizing the 3.2 Cross-sectional survey The study design The study population Identifying the sample Data collection The instruments Data analysis Quality of data 3.5 Ethical aspects 3.6 Summary: Methodology Chapter 4: Results 4.1 Validation of study instruments Cross-sectional school survey Summary: Results Chapter 5: Discussion Study limitations and future research Chapter 6: Conclusion and Recommendations 6.1 Conclusions 6.2 Recommendations Claims to Originality (Publications) (if relevant) References Appendix A Appendix A.1: Appendix A.2:

3 GUIDELINES FOR PRESENTING: (1) TABLES & GRAPHS Examples of tables and graphs are presented below: Table 4.2: Description of the schools and students selected for the survey* Characteristics of schools Total in the district Selected for study (N=3454) Students Schools Students Schools n n n % n % Educational region Type Male *Percentages calculated from total in the district Respondents (N=3196) n % Table 4.5: Prevalence of by gender (N= ) Prevalence Boys Girls Total Significance n % N % n % χ 2 = 144.9, df = 1 p <.001 χ 2 = 77.8, df = 1 p <.001 Table 4.8: Consequences of (N= ) Consequence(s) of * Number Percentage *multiple response item Table 3.1: Means, standard deviations and t scores for Construct N Mean (SD) t-value Significance X Academic performance User Non-user (10.29) 59.5 (10.62) 3.58 <.001 Table 3.10: Internal consistency estimates for the original and Subscales Cronbach Alpha (Original *) *Source: (1999) Cronbach Alpha ( )

4 Y Table 3.6: Spearman correlations between the Factors Single items and subscales Lifetime use of X R Individual risk factors * p<.05 ** p<.01 + data not available Attitude toward use Intention to use 0.37** 0.35** Lifetime use of Y r -0.01* + Lifetime use of Z r 0.29* + a b e f g h c d X (%) Graph (N= ) Note: Tables, graphs and figures presented must have a clear purpose; a title set in bold letters; carry a number and be referred to in the text by the stated number; be identified with the chapter (i.e., in Chapter 4, tables, graphs and figures should be numbered sequentially as Table 4.1, 4.2 etc). Tables, graphs and figures should carry a description and interpretation of the information contained therein. Tables, graphs and figures should be simple and contain only the necessary statistical data in the main body of the text. Extensive Tables should be placed in an Appendix and summarized in a simple Table in the main body of the text. If the presented Tables, graphs and figures are not of the principle author then their source should be indicated and reference stated in the Reference list.

5 (2) REFERENCING Ensure that all references cited in the main body of the dissertation are included in the list of References. The American Psychological Association referencing style must be followed to citing and indicating references in the text and Reference List. Refer the APA website for information on appropriate referencing style. GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR FORMATING: The dissertation must be typewritten on A4 size white paper (single side). Use Font Times New Roman, point 12 Complete text must be double spaced. Keep a margin of 3.2cm (1.25 inches) on the left hand side and 2.5cm (1 inch) on all other sides of the page. Main headings must be in Bold, Uppercase and Centered (e.g., CHAPTER 1). Align Subheadings to the left and they must be in Bold, Sentence case and identified with the Chapter number (e.g., a subheadings of Chapter 2 should be numbered sequentially as 2.1, 2.2 etc). If there are more than one subheading use multilevel listing format (e.g., subheading of 2.1 should be sequentially listed as 2.1.1, 2.1.2, etc). Paragraph must begin at an indent of point 5 and the complete text must be aligned to both left and right margins to create a clean look along the left and right of the page. Scientific writing style must be adhered to throughout the text. Submission for evaluation must be error-free. Carefully checked for grammar and syntax and spelling mistakes before submission. The use of British English and spelling is recommended. At first submission for evaluation, three (3) spiral bound copies must be submitted to the Faculty. The dissertation shall consist of 15,000 to 20,000 words (excluding the contents pages, statistics, references and appendices) A Declaration signed by the candidate and approval of the supervisor for submission is essential. The declaration shall be as follows: I certify that this dissertation does not incorporate without acknowledgment any material previously submitted for a Degree or Diploma in any University; and to the best of my knowledge and belief it does not contain any material previously published or written by another person except where due reference is made in the text. A blank page must precede the cover page of the dissertation. The cover page should be presented as follows (excluding the any Page Boarders):

6 [TITLE in Font Times New Roman size 12-16] [NAME IN FULL size 12] [QUALIFICATIONS size 12] A Dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo for the degree of Master of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology MONTH & YEAR (e.g., November 2011] [TITLE times new roman size 16]

7 M PHIL IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY NAME YEAR Final submission following viva voce examination must include relevant revisions and considerations based on comments/reports by the examiners. On approval of the final submission, three (3) bound copies must be submitted to the Faculty. The final submitted version must be bound in a Black Hardcover with Gold letters. A model of the front cover and lettering along the spine of the dissertation is shown below (excluding any page boarders): [TITLE in Font Times New Roman size 12-14] [NAME IN FULL size 12] University of Colombo Faculty of Graduate Studies [YEAR] Note: If you need further information or clarifications, please contact the Coordinator of the Program. [TITLE times new roman size 16]

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