Project Planning Guidelines As you proceed with your Practicum Project planning, keep in mind that approximately half of your practicum hours may be spent on your Practicum Project. The development of the PPP does not count toward your practicum hours, and you may not begin to earn practicum hours for your project until your proposal is approved. Your actual Practicum Project must be completed on or before Day 5 of Week 11. Be sure to develop your plan accordingly. For instance, if you include any sort of data- gathering tool as a part of your project, you must receive IRB approval. Projects that require IRB approval, and this type of project therefore will be difficult to complete on time. If you desire to extend your project timeline, you may discuss this option with your Instructor. However, if you desire to complete your project on or before Day 5 of Week 11, your project should not include surveys, focus groups, collection of data, or any activities that require IRB approval. In addition, remember that your Practicum Project goal and objectives are distinct from the practicum professional development objectives you developed in Week 1.
Practicum Project Plan (PPP) This is the 4- to 6-page scholarly paper, referred to as your Practicum Project Plan (PPP), in which you will formulate findings, conclusions, and recommendations in relation to the problem or issue you are examining. Your paper will include the following: Title: The title should include the name of your project and should follow the Uniform- Guidelines format. Introduction: The introduction includes the purpose of the paper, the goal of the project, and the name of the project. It also outlines the structure of the paper. Goal statement: A goal statement identifies what you expect to accomplish, the focus area, and the population. It introduces the project and conveys, in broad terms, how you plan to solve a particular problem or issue. Project objectives: Project objectives delineate your strategy for reaching the goal and the steps you will
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follow to complete the project. You must include two or three measurable objectives that use Application-level or higher verbs from Blooms Taxonomy. Evidence-based review of the literature for project justification: This review provides evidence-based support for your identified problem, project methods, and evaluation (presented in Week 4). The literature should be directed toward justifying the project, not focus on potential solutions. You must include a review of your specializations professional-practice standards and guidelines related to your project and a minimum of five (5) scholarly references for this section of the paper. Methodology: This section addresses in detail how you will accomplish the project objectives. Include, as relevant, the who, when, where, and how of each objective. Resources: Identify and justify the human, physical, and/or technical resources you will need to complete this project. Note that for this assignment, you do not have to address the financial aspects of your plan. Formative evaluation: Describe how and when you will conduct formative evaluation of your project. Explain how you will use the evaluation results and how you will determine if the project is proceeding as planned. Summative evaluation: Describe how and when you will conduct summative evaluation of your project. Explain how you will use the evaluation results. Timeline: Create a graphic timeline representing significant stages of your project. Provide a narrative to help your Instructor understand the timeline. Include the timeline in an Appendix to your Practicum Project Plan. Note: You must use APA-style headings, but you are not required to title the headings as listed above. The Practicum Project Plan is due on or before Day 7 of Week 5.