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Term Assignment...
Instructor:          Jeremy Jackson   |    Winter, 2017

Office:                NW 3431    |   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: 2 students per group.

 

DUE

Oral: In class between weeks 12 and week 15. Exact dates to be assigned. All groups must plan to be ready to present by week 12. Book your oral presentation date with the instructor.

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

 

LATE PENALTIES: A late penalty of 10% per day late (including weekends and holidays) will apply to written assignments. Late oral presentations will not be accepted.

 

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 an oral and Power-Point presentation of the results to the class. Each individual in the group must present for 10 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 20% of your course grade and will consist of 2 parts: oral work (worth 10%) and Power-Point presentation (worth 10%).

 

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 50 slides. You may use any template you like for the Power-Point. APA is NOT required.

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, effortful, 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 class 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 we have a finite time available in which all students have an opportunity to present their materials. Please include approximately 10 minutes at the end of 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 groups by attending class and asking questions of the presenters. A grade will be assigned to each student representing their performance. 2.5% of the course grade is assigned to attendance on each of the four days other groups are presenting. If you attend, your course grade will stand. If you do not attend, 2.5% per day will be subtracted from your final grade.

 

Term Assignment 2

GROUP MEMBERSHIP: 1 student per group.

 

DUE

Oral: In class between weeks 12 and week 15. Exact dates to be assigned. All groups must plan to be ready to present by week 12. Book your oral presentation date with the instructor.

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

 

LATE PENALTIES: A late penalty of 10% per day late (including weekends and holidays) will apply to written assignments. 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 20% of your course grade and will consist of 2 parts: oral work (worth 10%) and Power-Point presentation (worth 10%).

 

OVERVIEW

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

1. LENGTH and STYLE:   minimum: 20 slides, maximum 50 slides. You may use any template you like for the Power-Point. APA IS required.

2. SOURCES: Sources are required. Include sources for any methological 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 comittee. 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. Please include approximately 10 minutes at the end of 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 groups by attending class and asking questions of the presenters. A grade will be assigned to each student representing their performance. 2.5% of the course grade is assigned to attendance on each of the four days other groups are presenting. If you attend, your course grade will stand. If you do not attend, 2.5% per day will be subtracted from your final grade.

 

 

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