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Term Assignment......
Instructor
Jeremy Jackson
|     May 2nd, 2016
Location:
NW 3431
|     New Westminster
Jeremy Jackson: "Life is a group project"

Requirements

The research project consists of a research study to be conducted by students and a written paper describing the rationale for, methods and results of the study. Both members of the group must support the development, design and conduct of the research study. Each GROUP must submit ONE project proposal and each STUDENT must submit THEIR OWN final research paper.

Group Size & Picking Your Group

Groups must be 2 people in size. Find your group on the "Group Projects" discussion forum on Blackboard or the Introductions forum. One reason for the Introductions you will make of yourself to other students is to help you pick group members with whom you share interests. Read the introductions and go ahead and solicit people to work with you. Ask me for help if you have difficulty.

Be sure to be in a group BEFORE WEEK 4 of the course!

 

Project Details

The group project is a research study. In this study, you must:

1) Randomly assign subjects to ONE IV with TWO levels. More than two levels of one IV are allowed but you may not have two IV's. You MUST randomly assign subjects to levels of your IV. Correlational and/or descriptive studies are not allowed. Please NOTE....random assignment is NOT random sampling. Do the exercise in lecture 1 and watch the videos in lecture 3 for clarification of what random assignment is.

2) Conduct a study on a subject we have already covered or will cover in the course. Any subject discussed in the lectures or text chapters is just fine. The social psychology chapter in particular is a great place to get ideas for a study. Lecture 3 contains some examples of group projects students have done. Read the examples and watch the videos.

3) You should have a minimum of 10 subjects in each level of your IV. If you have one IV with 3 levels, this means you should have 30 subjects.

4) Write and hand in a proposal for grading (worth 10% of the final grade). Each group will hand in one proposal. This should be handed in by your principal investigator (group leader). The due date is given in the syllabus.

5) You must enter your data in to MS Excel and conduct analyses at the level I describe below.

6) Support your research idea with appropriate references.

7) Each student must hand in their own final paper (worth 20% of the final grade). The paper should be structured as indicated below. Graphs and references may be shared between group members but the written portion of the paper must be done individually.

 

Project Proposal

Each group will need to go to the assignments tool and submit their GROUP proposal.This should be done by your principal investigator. Submit a PDF with the name groupname_proposal.pdf. For example, if I were the principal investigator for the group "freuds" my proposal would be named freuds_proposal.pdf. The document should be laid out EXACTLY as follows:

Page 1: should be laid out exactly as is shown below. Note: The principal investigator is a group member you assign to lead your group project.

p1

 

Page 2: should be laid out exactly as is shown below.

p2

 

Page 3: should be laid out exactly as is shown below.

 

p3

 

You will need to include any materials at all that subjects will be exposed to. This may include surveys, videos, audiotapes, etc. Just attach these as digital files when you hand in your proposal using the "Assignments" tool on the course website.

The Final Research Paper

You will need to go to the assignments tool and submit your paper. Submit a PDF document with the name yourname_finalpaper.pdf. For example, my paper would be named jeremyjackson_finalpaper.pdf. The document should be laid out EXACTLY as follows (or in formal APA format, either is fine):

Page 1: Title page – you can get a guide on APA format from the library or the APA web site if you wish to use formal APA. This page contains the title of your paper, your name, the names of your group members, your affiliation (use Douglas College as I have) and a running head. An example page 1 is shown below.

paper1

Page 2: Abstract - The abstract is a 150-word summary of your research project. Mention the rationale, hypotheses, subjects, IV and DV, results and conclusions. A sample abstract is shown below.

paper2

 

Pages 3-7: These pages contain: a) An introduction that describes your topic, the rationale for your research study and your hypotheses. b) A methods section in which you describe your subjects, IV and DV, type of research design, procedure and any materials that you used. c) A results section in which you describe your results in words and, if necessary, tables and/or graphs. d) A discussion section that contains a summary of what you found, why you did or did not find what you expected, weaknesses of your study, and possible applications of your results. An example of what these pages should look like is shown below:

 

paper3

paper4

paper5

 

Page 8: This page contains references. You must source at least 5 references from journal articles and/or books.

 

paper6

 

Pages 9-?: These pages contain figures and/or graphs. DO NOT include raw data, Excel data or Excel output here. If you only have 1 figure/graph, only include 1 page here.

 

 

paper7

 

Evaluation

Each student will be evaluated separately on his or her paper. The paper will be evaluated for:

a) Format - the paper should be laid out as I have done above. Font , font size, margins, etc., all matter.

b) Completeness – the paper should contain all the sections described above.

c) Quality of the research study – was it an interesting study, was the hypothesis interesting as opposed to obvious, was the procedure used appropriate to test the hypothesis effectively, were obvious problems removed.

d) Quality of the writing – was care taken to ensure that sentences flowed well from one to the next, ideas were not duplicated, words were used correctly, ideas were conveyed efficiently but effectively.

e) Conclusions – did you recognize weaknesses of your study, identify problem areas, & draw the correct conclusions from the data.

f) References – were relevant references cited in the correct way, were there a sufficient number of references to support the research hypotheses.

Analysis

In this section I give you some help on how to analyze your data using MS Excel. Give this section a quick preview now, but don't worry about the details until you have collected your data.

Let’s begin the lecture by opening the Excel file:Psych 1200 Excel Class.xls.

When you open this file, you will see sheet 1 displayed. Sheet 1 shows an example of a case in which we have one IV with two levels and one DV. Your first job is to determine how many levels your IV has. Most of you will have one IV with two levels. This sheet shows you how to analyze the results of an experiment with one IV that has two levels and one DV.

Lets imagine for the sake of this example that the IV is “quality of dress and grooming” and the IV has two levels: A=Low quality dress and grooming and B=High quality dress and grooming. Suppose the researcher is a waitress and on 8 randomly selected work nights she dresses and grooms herself poorly. On 12 nights she dresses and grooms herself well. Now imagine that she gives a survey to her customers at the end of the meal and asks them on a scale of 1-10 how much they liked their server.

The data are displayed in columns A and B of sheet 1. The first 8 rows of data contain level A of the IV (Level A=low quality dress and grooming) and the next 12 rows contain level B of the IV (Level B=high quality dress and grooming). In column B, we see the scores each customer gave the waitress on the 1-10 scale (this is the DV). For instance, we can see that the first customer in level A rated the waitress a 5 on a scale of 1-10. If you have one IV with two levels and one DV, step 1 will be to enter your data into Excel as I have done in the example. Even if you do not have one IV with two levels, keep reading....you will learn how to use Excel by going through this example.

Next I’d like you to calculate averages and SD's for each group. You can see that they are displayed on sheet 1 for this example. You will learn how to do this in the movie "Average and SD". It will be important for you to comment on any differences you find in your research report. In the example, the difference between the means is large. A mean difference of 2.2 (i.e., 7.1-4.9=2.2) on a scale of 1-10 is fairly important. Mean differences of .5 or less are small. The SD’s are also pretty different as well. A difference in SD’s of .5 or bigger is large. Look for reasons why the SD’s are different (if they are). In this case, the last person in group B rated the waitress as a “1”. This is a very unusually low score – it’s an outlier. This is the reason why the SD is larger for group B than group A. This one unusually low score is creating SPREAD or VARIABILITY in the group B scores. Now, I’d like you to be able to draw a basic histogram of your group averages if you have one IV with 2 levels.

You will learn how to do this in the movie "Histogram". Take a look at the graph in the Excel file. Create a graph that looks like this one and label it correctly. For our example the labels would be as follows: Title: Average Waitress Ratings for Low and High Quality Grooming Conditions X-Axis: X=Quality of Dress and Grooming Level A = Low Quality Dress and Grooming Level B = High Quality Dress and Grooming Y-Axis: Average Waitress Rating. This is all the analysis you will need to do if you have one IV with two levels and one DV.

 

 

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