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Assignment 3: Course Project
Note: At the end of Module 8, you will have a final project of putting together a survey report. This paper will include a supportive rationale for your survey, survey instrument, data file, and analysis plan. Each module you will have an assignment that helps you work toward the goal of completing your final project. In this module you will work on developing a topic for your survey and identifying your research hypotheses. An important part of this course is the development of a survey project. There are many steps to successfully completing it, and each module will be arranged to guide you to finishing the project in portions.
To start your project off, you will need to identify your survey topic.
Every survey starts with a purpose, hypothesis, and statement/topic. Before you begin your survey, it is essential that you develop a basic understanding of descriptive and predictive surveys, exploratory research, and how to develop a hypothesis.
Identify a survey topic. Make sure it is narrow.
Identify the main variables of the study you wish to propose. List them below. Put an IV next to the independent variable and a DV next to the dependent variable.
Discuss the purpose of your survey.
Briefly discuss the type of research you are doing as to whether it is causal or correlational. Be sure to refer to Appendix B in your book (Alreck & Settle) to insure you address key issues about external validity.
Develop the hypothesis or hypotheses for your survey. In order to keep your survey focused, you should have no more than 3 sets of hypotheses
Briefly explain how you plan to design your course project. Briefly justify how it is that you think using a survey best serves your research question.
Please make sure that you have the SPSS software available to you as stated in the technical requirements for this course as you will need this software to successfully complete the course project.
Your project paper should be in Microsoft Word 2000 or higher. Follow the current edition of APA style guidelines. Your paper should be double-spaced and in 12 pt. font