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Term Assignment...
Instructor:          Jeremy Jackson   |    Winter, 2020

Office:                NW 3428    |   New Westminster
Jeremy Jackson: "Life is a group project."

Applied Research Methods Term Assignment

There are two term assignments. Students not in the "Honours Program" must do "Term Assignment 1", and students in the "Honours Program" must do "Term assignment 2".

 

Term Assignment 1

GROUP MEMBERSHIP: 3 or 4 students per group.

 

DUE

Weeks 14/15. Exact dates to be assigned.

 

LATE PENALTIES: A late penalty of 10% per day late (including weekends and holidays) will apply to video assignments.

 

TOPIC: Develop, design, conduct, analyze, and present the results of an opinion survey.

     

DESCRIPTION

Each group must conduct an opinion survey. Groups will identify the objective of the survey, design the survey instrument, administer the survey to at least 50 respondents, analyze the survey responses, and give a video and Power-Point presentation of the results. Each individual in the group must present for a minimum of 5 minutes (no exceptions and timed). Presentations must be of professional quality (see "Oral Work" below).

The Power-Point presentation accompanying the oral presentation must be clearly visible in the video.

ASSIGNMENT OF MARKS: The assignment is worth 25% of your course grade and will consist of 2 parts: oral work (worth 20%) and Power-Point presentation (worth 5%). If there is no time for in class presentations, students will make a video and submit the video presentation on Blackboard.

 

OVERVIEW

The majority of each individual’s oral mark will be assigned based upon the quality of his/her individual performance on the oral component of the assignment. One quarter of the oral grade will be assigned to the integration of the work of each member of the group. That is, how well the presentation flows as a single unit and how well the group worked together to answer questions and support each other in the presentation.

The written section of the assignment is a Power-Point slide deck:

1. LENGTH and STYLE:   minimum: 20 slides, maximum 40 slides. You may use any template you like for the Power-Point. APA is NOT required or even recommended. The slide deck must include:

i) Introductory slide with names, date, etc

ii) 1 slide describing the survey objective

iii) 1 slide describing the survey

iv) 1 slide describing the method of subject selection and basic subject demographic characteristics.

v) 1 or 2 slides containing "table 1".

vi) 1 - 3 slides containing mean scores for subjects overall and broken down by demographics or IV's of major interest. 1 additional slide containing the interpretation of these findings.

Vii) 1 - 3 slides containing correlations (or correlation analysis...so PCA, MDS, etc) between variables. 1 additional slide containing an interpretation of these findings.

viii) Summary/Conclusion slides stating what you found and WHY IT MATTERS!

2. SOURCES: No sources are required. However, sources may be used to support conclusions or justify the use of a particular analytic or methodological technique. If a source is used, please cite it using APA style in a slide at the end of the Power-point presentation.

3. PRESENTATION: Turn in a clean, well-presented, well-organized,grammatically and semantically sound slide deck. The Power-Point will be graded is if it were being presented to an organizational/business executive. Standards are high in industry. There must be no spelling mistakes, no typo's, and no formatting errors. The presentation must also have a look and feel suitable for presentation to a business executive. See class for guidance.

 

SURVEYS

Each group must develop their own survey. Guidance will be given in class on how to do this. Surveys must be no longer than 20 items in total. The survey must contain demographic items, behavioural items, and attitudinal items. There must be at least two demographic items. Gender and ethnicity items are not allowed. Surveys should be about a subject of current interest to young adults living in Canada. Some examples of work done by groups previously in the course are surveys on gun legislation, immigration, education, cost of housing, and American politics. Choose your topic and ensure that the instructor approves the topic before you construct your survey.

Once the survey is complete, have the instructor review it for methodological and ethical approval. Groups will not be permitted to begin collecting data until they receive approval from the instructor.

 

ORAL WORK

The majority of each individual’s mark will be assigned based upon the quality of his/her individual performance during the oral presentation of their work. Please ensure that each member’s oral aspect is clearly identified during the presentation. However, the group as a whole is required to present an integrated and comprehensive presentation that incorporates the presentations of all of its members. Consequently, a portion of each student’s oral grade (one quarter) will reflect the overall integration/quality/organization of the oral presentation. This portion will affect all members of each group equally.

Presentations are expected to be of industry quality. You are expected to appear professional in every way. Wear formal, clean, pressed clothes with no product or company logo's. You are expected to articulate clearly and not use slang or colloquial language. Humor is fine but only as an "ice breaker". Jokes should be minimized in the body of the presentation.

In all cases, presenters should make a formal address, recognizing the members of the audience and thanking them for their attention. All presentations should close formally and thank attendees for their consideration of the presentation. The audience must always be politely prompted for questions at the end of the presentation.

 

PRESENTATION TIME LIMIT

There will be a strictly enforced 20 minute time limit as is normal in industry presentations. The people you are presenting to are usually very highly paid and so very busy. For this reason, industry tends to take a dim view of you indulging yourself on maters of personal interest to you but not of immediate importance to the issues at hand.

 

 

Term Assignment 2

GROUP MEMBERSHIP: 1 student per group.

 

DUE

Oral: In class on week 14. Exact dates to be assigned. All students must plan to be ready to present by week 12. Book your oral presentation time with the instructor.

Power-Point: The Power-Point presentation must be printed and submitted to the instructor in class prior to the oral presentation.

 

LATE PENALTIES: Late oral presentations will not be accepted.

 

TOPIC: Present an analysis of your honours project data to the class.

     

DESCRIPTION

Each student must present for a maximum of 20 minutes (no exceptions and timed). Presentations must be of professional quality (see "Oral Work" below).

The Power-Point presentation accompanying the oral presentation must be printed and handed to the instructor on the day of the presentation. Presentation dates will be determined in class. Please see the instructor to book a time to present.

ASSIGNMENT OF MARKS: The assignment is worth 25% of your course grade and will consist of 2 parts: oral work (worth 15%) and Power-Point presentation (worth 10%).

 

OVERVIEW

The written section of the assignment is a Power-Point slide deck:

1. LENGTH and STYLE:   minimum: 15 slides, maximum 30 slides. You may use any template you like for the Power-Point. APA IS required.

2. SOURCES: Sources are required. Include sources for any methodological or empirical claims you make in your presentation. Sources must be cited using APA style in a slide at the end of the Power-point presentation.

3. PRESENTATION: Turn in a clean, well-presented, well-organized, effortful, grammatically and semantically sound slide deck. The Power-Point will be graded is if it were being presented to an honours committee. There must be no spelling mistakes, no typo's, and no formatting errors. The presentation must also have a look and feel suitable for presentation to an academic audience. See class for guidance.

 

ORAL WORK

Each individual’s mark will be assigned based upon the quality of his/her individual performance during the oral presentation of their work. Presentations are expected to be of academic defense quality. You are expected to appear professional in every way. Wear formal, clean, pressed clothes with no product or company logo's. You are expected to articulate clearly and not use slang or colloquial language. Humor is fine but only as an "ice breaker". Jokes should be minimized in the body of the presentation.

In all cases, presenters should make a formal address, recognizing the members of the audience and thanking them for their attention. All presentations should close formally and thank attendees for their consideration of the presentation. The audience must always be politely prompted for questions at the end of the presentation.

 

PRESENTATION TIME LIMIT

There will be a strictly enforced 20 minute time limit as we have a finite time available in which all students have an opportunity to present their materials. We will take approximately 10 minutes after your presentation to entertain class comments, questions and discussion. The use of organizational/presentation materials such as handouts, overheads, computers, videos, demonstrations is encouraged and at the discretion of each group.

 

CLASS PARTICIPATION

All students are expected to support presenting students by attending class and asking questions of the presenters. A grade will be assigned to each student representing their performance. If you attend, your course grade will stand. If you do not attend, 2.5% will be subtracted from your final grade.

 

 

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