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Term Assignment......
Jeremy Jackson
|     May 7th, 2018
NW 3431
|     New Westminster
Jeremy Jackson: "Life is a group project"

A Short Video Introduction to the Project




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. Each STUDENT must submit THEIR OWN final research paper.

Group Size & Picking Your Group

Groups must be 1 or 2 people in size. DO NOT work with someone unless you are VERY CONFIDENT that they will be reliable. The benefit to working with someone is help and another point of view, the disadvantages are many. Think it through before you decide to work with someone. This decision is your choice and therefore the responsibility for problems in your group is also yours.

NOTE: If you do choose to work with someone and they go missing...do the following. Take 2 weeks to contact them, if they do not reply, continue working on your own. That means, every student working with someone is responsible for staying in regular contact with them. NO EXCEPTIONS.

If you wish to work with someone find them on 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.

If you are going to work with someone else, be sure to have an agreement BEFORE WEEK 4 of the course!


Project Details

The 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.

Here is a link to one of the project videos in lecture 3 if you are in any way unsure about random assignment. Watch and if you are still unsure ask me or watch the other videos in lecture 3.

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 6 subjects in each level of your IV. If you have one IV with 3 levels, this means you should have 18 subjects. Subjects must be:

a) Your friends and/or acquaintances. You are not allowed to use subjects you don't know.

b) NOT under the age of 18

c) Told they can withdraw from the study at any time

d) Not asked about their gender or race on any survey

4) For feedback, open a thread in the "Projects" forum, name the thread with your name(s), describe your study and ask for help if you need it. I will respond with feedback.

5) You must enter your data in to MS Excel and conduct analyses at the level I describe in lecture 11.

6) Support your research idea with appropriate references.

7) Each student must hand in their own final paper (worth 25% 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.


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 name of your group member, your affiliation (use Douglas College as I have) and a running head. An example page 1 is shown below.


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.



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:






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




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.






Each student will be evaluated separately on their 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) Experiment or not - Students not conducting an experiment can not pass the paper. YOU MUST DO AN EXPERIMENT. This means that you must have random assignment of subjects to levels of your IV. Random assignment is NOT, NOT, NOT, random sampling. Ask if you need help on this...this is a common mistake made by students and it is a costly one to make.

d) 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. ASK ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE FEEDBACK ON THIS.

e) 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.

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

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


Help on how to analyze your data is given in lecture 11. Good luck and ASK, ASK, ASK, if you have any questions at all.




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