Final Project: Early Methods Section

Due Wednesday, June 21, 2017 .

In your final paper for this course, you will need to write a Methods section that is about 4 pages long where you will assess and evaluate the methods of research.  

In preparation for this particular section, answer the following questions thoroughly and provide justification/support. The more complete and detailed your answers for these questions, the better prepared you are to successfully write your final paper.

Please submit your answers as a single 4- to 6-page document as a numbered list; this will ensure you do not inadvertently miss a question.

Additionally, please submit a title page and a reference page in proper APA format.What is your research question?

 What is your hypothesis or hypotheses? What is the null hypothesis?

 How many participants would you like to use and why? What are the inclusion characteristics, i.e., what must they have in order to be included in your study (for example, gender, diagnosis, age, personality traits, etc.)? Are there any exclusion characteristics, i.e. are there certain characteristics that would exclude them from being in your study? Does the sample need to be diverse? Why or why not?

 What sampling technique will be used to collect your sample? What population does your sample generalize to?

 What are the variables in your study? HINT: Refer back to your hypothesis or hypotheses.

 Provide operational definitions for each variable.

 How will you measure each variable? Discuss the reliability and validity of these measures in general terms.

 What technique will be used for data collection (e.g., observation, survey, interview, archival, etc.)?

 What type of research design is being used?

 Briefly discuss the procedure that would be followed when conducting the research.

 What are some POTENTIAL ethical issues? How might they be addressed?Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum Points Explanation and justification of research question.12Presentation of hypothesis and null hypothesis.16Analysis of participants exclusion/inclusion factors.16Explanation of sampling technique and characterization of population that sample generalized.12Identification of study’s variables.12Operational definitions for each variable are defined.16Development of methods to measure each variable, and the reliability and validity of these measures are evaluated.16Description of technique(s) used for data collection.12Description of the research design being used.12Identification of the research procedure.12Prediction of POTENTIAL ethical issues; POTENTIAL ethical issues are evaluated in terms of how they would be addressed.20Organization:IntroductionThesisTransitionsConclusion12Usage and Mechanics:GrammarSpellingSentence Structure12APA Elements:AttributionParaphrasingQuotations16Style:AudienceWord Choice4


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