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After identifying a research question and surveying the literature on this topic, the next step in t

After identifying a research question and surveying the literature on this topic, the next step in the research process is to outline the study design. A study design, or the methodology, describes and justifies a plan of action for analyzing the stated question. This plan of action should identify, describe and defend the selection of hypotheses, the sample/cases, and the operationalization and measurement of the independent, control and dependent variables. The purpose of this assignment is to both describe the data and variables that will be used to analyze your question and justify each of these decisions. The researcher must provide a rationale for the selection of the methods to indicate how each of these choices appropriately addresses the research question. The study design is also an exercise in persuasive writing.
In writing up their study design, students should re-introduce the topic to remind the reader of their research topic and research question. Then students should identify several hypotheses that might answer their research question. Student should explain the theory behind the hypotheses, justify the selection of the hypotheses, and state the hypotheses clearly in an if/then format. Then, students should provide a detailed description of the sample and cases that will be studied (who/what will be examined, how many). Finally, students should identify the variables, provide the operational definition for each one, and identify/describe the level of measurement. Students should explain how variables will allow for a sufficient test of the hypotheses. Students can find information on their variables in the variable view of their dataset or in the codebooks (if using a dataset outside the Pollock datasets).
Overall, students will be evaluated based on several criteria. First, students will be evaluated on the clarity and detail in the discussion of the study design. Students should define key terms that are used, describe the cases selected and describe how each variable is measured. Second, students will be evaluated based on the persuasiveness of their argument. Students should relate each decision in the methodology back to the hypotheses and research question, explain each decision in selecting the data/cases/variables and provide examples to demonstrate why these decisions will best answer the research question. Finally, the study design will be evaluated based on writing style, organization and grammar. Students are expected to write in full sentences, report the information in an organized and logical manner, and use proper grammar.
Instructions for the Study Design
This paper is due March 16, 2021 by Midnight. Papers turned in after this time will be considered late and will be penalized by one letter grade for each day late. Problems with technology or the internet does not excuse late work.
Each student will submit their essay on Blackboard under the Assignments tab.
Each study design must include details on the following topics:
Research question
Hypotheses (2 to 3)
Sample (Cases)
Independent Variable(s)
Control Variable(s)
Dependent Variable
The body of finished papers should be approximately 3 pages in length (body length excludes cover page and work cited page), with one-inch margins, double-spaced, using 12 point font in Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri. Students should also include a cover page on the front of their assignment that lists a title for your research paper, your name, date and class (POL 352).
You are not required to use citations in this assignment. However, if you quote or use ideas/statistics from an article or book, you must cite the source in-text and in a separate Works Cited page. You may use MLA, Chicago or APA style. See the Purdue OWL for guidelines on the citation styles:
Students are encouraged to use the Writing Center on campus:

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