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# April 19, 2018 Course #Title MATU-203 – Introduction.docx

April 19, 2018

Course #/Title: MATU-203 – Introduction to Statistics

Assignment Title: Final Class Project

Week Assessment Occurs: Week 8

Total Points for Assignment: 200 points

Criteria

EXEMPLARY

PROFICIENT

DEVELOPING

EMERGING

NOT COMPLETE

Part 1

Collection of Data

36-40
The paper fulfills all
instructions for Part 1. All
questions are thoroughly
demonstrate excellent
understanding of all topics.

30-35
One or two of the
required elements for
Part 1 is missing,
incomplete or
underdeveloped. Most
questions are
demonstrate good
understanding of all
topics.

20-29
Three required elements
for Part 1 are missing,
incomplete or
underdeveloped. Some
questions are thoroughly
demonstrate good
understanding of most,
but not all, topics.

1-19
Four or more required elements
for Part 1 are missing,
incomplete or underdeveloped.
Most questions are not
understanding of most topics.

0
Part 1 is missing from
submission, or its
contents are not a
response to the
assignment directions,
or the attempt is
confusing or incorrect
to the point of being

Part 2

Organization of
Data

36-40
The paper fulfills all
instructions for Part 2. All
data and statistics are
presented clearly and are
correct. All graphs are
presented correctly and
clearly with proper labeling.
All questions are thoroughly
demonstrate excellent
understanding of all topics.

30-35
One or two of the
required elements for
Part 2 is missing,
incomplete or
underdeveloped. Most
data and statistics are
presented mostly
clearly and are mostly
correct. Most graphs
are presented correctly
and clearly with proper
labeling. Most
questions are

20-29
Three required elements
for Part 2 are missing,
incomplete or
underdeveloped. Some
data and statistics are
presented somewhat
clearly and are somewhat
correct. Some graphs are
presented correctly and
clearly with somewhat
proper labeling. Some
questions are thoroughly

1-19
Four or more required elements
for Part 2 are missing,
incomplete or underdeveloped.
Most data and statistics are not
presented clearly or are not
correct. Most graphs are not
presented correctly and/or
clearly and/or don’t have proper
labeling. Most questions are not
understanding of most topics.

0
Part 2 is missing from
submission, or its
contents are not a
response to the
assignment directions,
or the attempt is
confusing or incorrect
to the point of being

April 19, 2018

demonstrate good
understanding of all
topics.

demonstrate good
understanding of most,
but not al.

April 19, 2018

Course #/Title: MATU-203 – Introduction to Statistics

Assignment Title: Final Class Project

Week Assessment Occurs: Week 8

Total Points for Assignment: 200 points

Criteria

EXEMPLARY

PROFICIENT

DEVELOPING

EMERGING

NOT COMPLETE

Part 1

Collection of Data

36-40
The paper fulfills all
instructions for Part 1. All
questions are thoroughly
demonstrate excellent
understanding of all topics.

30-35
One or two of the
required elements for
Part 1 is missing,
incomplete or
underdeveloped. Most
questions are
demonstrate good
understanding of all
topics.

20-29
Three required elements
for Part 1 are missing,
incomplete or
underdeveloped. Some
questions are thoroughly
demonstrate good
understanding of most,
but not all, topics.

1-19
Four or more required elements
for Part 1 are missing,
incomplete or underdeveloped.
Most questions are not
understanding of most topics.

0
Part 1 is missing from
submission, or its
contents are not a
response to the
assignment directions,
or the attempt is
confusing or incorrect
to the point of being

Part 2

Organization of
Data

36-40
The paper fulfills all
instructions for Part 2. All
data and statistics are
presented clearly and are
correct. All graphs are
presented correctly and
clearly with proper labeling.
All questions are thoroughly
demonstrate excellent
understanding of all topics.

30-35
One or two of the
required elements for
Part 2 is missing,
incomplete or
underdeveloped. Most
data and statistics are
presented mostly
clearly and are mostly
correct. Most graphs
are presented correctly
and clearly with proper
labeling. Most
questions are

20-29
Three required elements
for Part 2 are missing,
incomplete or
underdeveloped. Some
data and statistics are
presented somewhat
clearly and are somewhat
correct. Some graphs are
presented correctly and
clearly with somewhat
proper labeling. Some
questions are thoroughly

1-19
Four or more required elements
for Part 2 are missing,
incomplete or underdeveloped.
Most data and statistics are not
presented clearly or are not
correct. Most graphs are not
presented correctly and/or
clearly and/or don’t have proper
labeling. Most questions are not
understanding of most topics.

0
Part 2 is missing from
submission, or its
contents are not a
response to the
assignment directions,
or the attempt is
confusing or incorrect
to the point of being

April 19, 2018

demonstrate good
understanding of all
topics.

demonstrate good
understanding of most,
but not al.

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### April 19, 2018 Course #Title MATU-203 – Introduction.docx

1. 1. April 19, 2018 Course #/Title: MATU-203 – Introduction to Statistics Assignment Title: Final Class Project Week Assessment Occurs: Week 8 Total Points for Assignment: 200 points Criteria EXEMPLARY PROFICIENT DEVELOPING EMERGING NOT COMPLETE
2. 2. Part 1 Collection of Data 36-40 The paper fulfills all instructions for Part 1. All questions are thoroughly answered and answers demonstrate excellent understanding of all topics. 30-35 One or two of the required elements for Part 1 is missing, incomplete or underdeveloped. Most questions are thoroughly answered and answers demonstrate good understanding of all topics. 20-29 Three required elements for Part 1 are missing, incomplete or underdeveloped. Some questions are thoroughly answered but some lack detail, and answers demonstrate good
3. 3. understanding of most, but not all, topics. 1-19 Four or more required elements for Part 1 are missing, incomplete or underdeveloped. Most questions are not thoroughly answered and most answers demonstrate poor understanding of most topics. 0 Part 1 is missing from submission, or its contents are not a response to the assignment directions, or the attempt is confusing or incorrect to the point of being inadequate. Part 2 Organization of Data 36-40 The paper fulfills all instructions for Part 2. All data and statistics are presented clearly and are correct. All graphs are presented correctly and
4. 4. clearly with proper labeling. All questions are thoroughly answered and answers demonstrate excellent understanding of all topics. 30-35 One or two of the required elements for Part 2 is missing, incomplete or underdeveloped. Most data and statistics are presented mostly clearly and are mostly correct. Most graphs are presented correctly and clearly with proper labeling. Most questions are thoroughly answered 20-29 Three required elements for Part 2 are missing, incomplete or underdeveloped. Some data and statistics are presented somewhat clearly and are somewhat correct. Some graphs are presented correctly and clearly with somewhat
5. 5. proper labeling. Some questions are thoroughly answered but some lack detail, and answers 1-19 Four or more required elements for Part 2 are missing, incomplete or underdeveloped. Most data and statistics are not presented clearly or are not correct. Most graphs are not presented correctly and/or clearly and/or don’t have proper labeling. Most questions are not thoroughly answered and most answers demonstrate poor understanding of most topics. 0 Part 2 is missing from submission, or its contents are not a response to the assignment directions, or the attempt is confusing or incorrect to the point of being inadequate. April 19, 2018 and answers
6. 6. demonstrate good understanding of all topics. demonstrate good understanding of most, but not all, topics. Part 3 Analysis of Data 36-40 The paper fulfills all instructions for Part 3. Correct hypothesis test performed. All steps of the hypothesis test presented correctly and clearly. Conclusion is correct and correctly stated in non- technical terms. All questions are thoroughly answered and answers demonstrate excellent understanding of all topics. 30-35 One or two of the
7. 7. required elements for Part 3 is missing, incomplete or underdeveloped. Correct hypothesis test performed. Most steps of the hypothesis test presented mostly correctly and clearly. Conclusion is mostly correct and stated in non-technical terms. Most questions are thoroughly answered and answers demonstrate good understanding of all topics. 20-29 Three required elements for Part 3 are missing, incomplete or underdeveloped. Correct hypothesis test performed. Some steps of the hypothesis test presented somewhat correctly and clearly. Conclusion is somewhat correct and stated in non- technical terms. Some questions are thoroughly
8. 8. answered but some lack detail, and answers demonstrate good understanding of most, but not all, topics. 1-19 Four or more required elements for Part 3 are missing, incomplete or underdeveloped. Incorrect hypothesis test performed and/or most steps of the hypothesis test not presented correctly and clearly. Conclusion is not correct and/or not correctly stated in non- technical terms. Most questions are not thoroughly answered and most answers demonstrate poor understanding of most topics. 0 Part 3 is missing from submission, or its contents are not a response to the assignment directions, or the attempt is confusing or incorrect
9. 9. to the point of being inadequate. Part 4 Conclusions and Recommendations 36-40 The paper fulfills all instructions for Part 4. All questions are thoroughly answered and answers demonstrate excellent understanding of all topics. 30-35 One of the required elements for Part 4 is missing, incomplete or underdeveloped. Most questions are thoroughly answered and answers demonstrate good understanding of all topics. 20-29 Two required elements for Part 4 are missing,
10. 10. incomplete or underdeveloped. Some questions are thoroughly answered but some lack detail, and answers demonstrate good understanding of most, but not all, topics. 1-19 Three required elements for Part 4 are missing, incomplete or underdeveloped. Most questions are not thoroughly answered and most answers demonstrate poor understanding of most topics. 0 Part 4 is missing from submission, or its contents are not a response to the assignment directions, or the attempt is confusing or incorrect to the point of being inadequate. April 19, 2018
11. 11. Writing and Organization Title Page, References, Writing, and Organization 36-40 All required content is present (Title Page, Main Body, References in APA or MLA format, Appendices). Correct formatting is applied throughout. Writing is logical and organized. Sentences are well-phrased and varied in length and structure. Word choice is consistently precise and accurate. The writing is free of errors in grammar, spelling and writing mechanics. The report is the specified length and formatted to be visually appealing. 30-35
12. 12. Format does not follow all requirements listed below. One or two of the following is incorrect or missing: (1) Title page, (2) header with name and page numbers, (3) References in APA or MLA format (3)correct word choices, (4) accurate grammar, (4) length requirements, (5) clear, (6) correctly labeled graphs, tables or formulas, if applicable, (7) margins (8) appendix 20-29 Format does not follow all requirements listed below. Three of the following are incorrect or missing: (1) Title page, (2) header with name and page numbers, (3) References in APA or MLA format (3)correct word choices, (4) accurate grammar, (4) length requirements, (5) clear, (6) correctly labeled graphs, tables or formulas, if applicable, (7)
13. 13. margins, (8) appendix 1-19 Format does not follow all requirements listed below. More than three of the following are incorrect or missing: (1) Title page, (2) header with name and page numbers, (3) References in APA or MLA format (3)correct word choices, (4) accurate grammar, (4) length requirements, (5) clear, (6) correctly labeled graphs, tables or formulas, if applicable, (7) margins, (8) appendix 0 Format does not follow specifications given in the assignment directions, and/or there are numerous writing errors to the point that meaning and relevance cannot be determined.
14. 14. COM 310 Milestone Two Guidelines and Rubric Social media often reaches multiple departments within an organization such as human resources, legal, marketing, operations, sales, and more. Planning strategically offers an organization a blueprint of sorts that can be communicated to these various stakeholders. These plans help set direction and also help prioritize initiatives while keeping everyone on the same page. Equally important is planning for social media mishaps. It is never more apparent that strategic planning was not done or did not include a contingency plan than when social media engagement snowballs into a public relations disaster. For Milestone Two, you will propose appropriate social media platforms for the organization to use to meet its goals. You will also discuss effective and ineffective uses of social media to give the organization a sense of how best practices drive content, target audience engagement, and ultimately help businesses achieve their goals. First, you must explain why you are recommending the platforms you have chosen and how the business can use them. Ground your choices in research and best practices to be sure your choices are clear. You need to make it clear what the opportunities and limits of each platform are, so providing an explanation of the terms of service is necessary. Now that you have explained to the business how it should use the social media platforms you have identified, provide the executives with examples of what effective and ineffective use of social media looks like using screenshots and accompanying explanations. Include
16. 16. of social media looks like. This will give the business a sense of how best practices drive content, target audience engagement, and ultimately help businesses achieve their goals. A. Using a real-world example, describe a situation in which an organization demonstrated exceptional use of social media for the particular goals and objectives you mentioned in Milestone One. This will show the executives specific examples of social media done well by another company. This could even be a competitor of the company you are working with. B. Using a real-world example, describe a situation in which an organization did not adhere to best practices. This will show executives specific examples of social media misuse or abuse. C. Develop a plan, based on best practices, for how the business should handle feedback (positive and negative) on social media. D. Explain how appropriately responding to feedback on social media can help the business achieve its goals. Support explanation with examples. Guidelines for Submission: Your paper must be submitted as a 4- to 5-page Microsoft Word document (not including screenshots) with double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and at least three sources cited in APA format.
17. 17. Critical Elements Proficient (100%) Needs Improvement (75%) Not Evident (0%) Value Social Platforms: Target Audience Proposes two appropriate social media platforms, explaining how each will help the company reach the target audience and achieve its goals Proposes two social media platforms, explaining how each will help the company reach the target audience and achieve its goals, but not all proposed platforms are appropriate or explanation is cursory Does not propose two social media platforms or explain how each will help the company reach the target audience and achieve its goals 12 Social Platforms: Best Practices Develops a strategy based on best practices that the company will use on each platform Develops a strategy that the company will use on each platform but the strategy is cursory or not based on best practices Does not develop a strategy that the company will use on each platform
19. 19. Examples: Exceptional Use Describes a real-world situation in which an organization demonstrated exceptional use of social media to achieve its goals Describes a real-world situation in which an organization demonstrated exceptional use of social media to achieve its goals but description is cursory or lacks clarity Does not describe a real-world situation in which an organization demonstrated exceptional use of social media to achieve its goals 11 Examples: Did Not Adhere Describes a real-world situation in which an organization did not adhere to best practices Describes a real-world situation in which an organization did not adhere to best practices but description is cursory, unclear, or contains inaccuracies Does not describe a real-world situation in which an organization did not adhere to best practices 11
20. 20. Examples: Handle Feedback Develops a plan, based on best practices, for how the organization should handle feedback on social media Develops a plan for how the organization should handle feedback on social media but plan is cursory or not clearly based on best practices Does not develop a plan for how the organization should handle feedback on social media 12 Examples: Appropriately Responding Explains how appropriately responding to feedback on social media can help the organization achieve its goals, supporting explanation with examples Explains how appropriately responding to feedback on social media can help the organization achieve its goals but explanation is cursory, unclear, or not supported with examples
21. 21. Does not explain how appropriately responding to feedback on social media can help the organization achieve its goals 12 Articulation of Response Submission has no major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization Submission has major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that negatively impact readability and articulation of main ideas Submission has critical errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that prevent understanding of ideas 8 Total 100% COM 310 Milestone Two Guidelines and Rubric COM 310 Final Project Guidelines and Rubric
22. 22. Overview The final project for this course is the creation of a social media consultation document. Social media often reaches multiple departments within an organization such as human resources, legal, marketing, operations, sales, and more. Planning strategically offers an organization a blueprint of sorts that can be communicated to these various stakeholders. These plans help set direction and also help prioritize initiatives while keeping everyone on the same page. Equally important is planning for social media mishaps. It is never more apparent that strategic planning was not done or did not include a contingency plan than when social media engagement snowballs into a public relations disaster. In this assessment, you will explore strategic social media use for an existing organization of your choice. This paper will cover two platforms you feel are relevant to the organization’s goals and detail how these platforms can be used in tandem to reach organizational goals. You will be both creative and strategic and align goals to specific tactics on each platform of your choice. You will also include a plan of action to guide decision making when negative comments make a community toxic or when opportunities present themselves to engage the audience in positive communication. The project is divided into two milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules Three and Five. The final product will be submitted in Module Seven.
23. 23. In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes: • Illustrate social media best practices for achieving organizational goals • Choose appropriate social media content for meeting the communications needs and goals of organizations • Analyze the effectiveness of social media strategies for various personal, professional, and organizational goals • Devise effective approaches for constructively addressing audience feedback on social media Prompt For this assessment, you will first identify a local business with little or no social media presence (if there is an issue with access to a local business, work with your instructor to identify one you may use). Assume you have been asked to create a social media consultation document to help executives understand and plan for social media. This paper will be informational and is not specifically a social media strategy. Instead, it is meant to inform decision makers and provide them the information they would need to begin creating a social media strategy. Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed: I. Social Media Overview: This section will give you the opportunity to research the history of social media and identify
26. 26. the particular goals and objectives you mentioned in Part I. This will show the executives specific examples of social media done well by another company. This could even be a competitor of the company you are working with. B. Using a real-world example, describe a situation in which an organization did not adhere to best practices. This will show executives specific examples of social media misuse or abuse. C. Develop a plan, based on best practices, for how the business should handle feedback (positive and negative) on social media. D. Explain how appropriately responding to feedback on social media can help the business achieve its goals. Support explanation with examples. V. Conclusion: Conclude your paper by making recommendations for next steps should the business decide to move forward with developing a presence on social media. Remind them that keeping up with a social media presence is a long-term commitment and will constantly be refined and measured. A. Explain how the continuous use of social media can help the organization achieve its goals. Support explanation with examples. B. Offer recommendations for measuring success and explain its importance. C. Develop hypothetical next steps for the organization should they decide to move forward with a strategic social media plan.
28. 28. best practices drive content, target audience engagement, and ultimately help businesses achieve their goals. This milestone is graded with the Milestone Two Rubric. Final Submission: Social Media Consultation Document In Module Seven, you will submit your final project. It should be a complete, polished artifact containing all of the critical elements of the final product. It should reflect the incorporation of feedback gained throughout the course. This submission will be graded with the Final Project Rubric. Final Project Rubric Guidelines for Submission: Your social media consultation document should be 8 to 10 pages in length (not including screenshots), double-spaced, have one-inch margins, and use 12-point Times New Roman font and APA format. Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (85%) Needs Improvement (55%) Not Evident (0%) Value Social Media Overview: Social Media Meets “Proficient” criteria and research chosen provides keen
29. 29. insight into the evolving use of social media by businesses Overviews how social media has been used by businesses over the past decade, supporting overview with research Overviews how social media has been used by businesses over the past decade but overview is cursory, verbose, or not supported by research Does not overview how social media has been used by businesses over the past decade 4.8 Social Media Overview: Best Practices Meets “Proficient” criteria and main ideas provide exceptional insight into the use of social media by businesses Summarizes established best practices regarding the use of social media by businesses
30. 30. Summarizes established best practices regarding the use of social media by businesses but summary is cursory or is missing key details Does not summarize established best practices regarding the use of social media by businesses 4.8 Social Media Overview: Opportunities and Limits Meets “Proficient” criteria and details communicate a unique perspective on the capacity of social media Explains the opportunities and limits of social media as a communications tool Explains the opportunities and limits of social media as a communication tool but explanation is cursory or lacks clarity Does not explain the opportunities and limits of social
31. 31. media as a communication tool 4.8 Business Goals: Current State Meets “Proficient” criteria and identified gaps provide exceptional insight into the business’s needs Analyzes the business’s current state and identifies gaps that will be addressed using social media Analyzes the business’s current state and identifies gaps that will be addressed using social media but analysis is cursory or unclear or gaps are not clearly identified Does not analyze the business’s current state or identify gaps that will be addressed using social media 4.8 Business Goals: Identified Gaps
32. 32. Meets “Proficient” criteria and goals exhibit a nuanced understanding of the needs of the business Selects goals for the business based on the identified gaps and justifies the selections Selects goals for the business based on the identified gaps and justifies the selections but justification is cursory or illogical Does not select goals for the business based on the identified gaps 6 Business Goals: Achieve Its Goals Meets “Proficient” criteria and examples exhibit keen insight into the potential positive impact of audience engagement Explains how audience engagement through social media can help the business achieve its goals, supporting explanation with examples
33. 33. Explains how audience engagement through social media can help the business achieve its goals but explanation is cursory or not supported with examples Does not explain how audience engagement through social media can help the business achieve its goals 8 Social Platforms: Target Audience Meets “Proficient” criteria and explanation cites specific platform features that illustrate the platform’s potential Proposes two appropriate social media platforms, explaining how each will help the company reach the target audience and achieve its goals Proposes two social media platforms, explaining how each will help the company reach the target audience and achieve its
34. 34. goals, but not all proposed platforms are appropriate or explanation is cursory Does not propose two social media platforms or explain how each will help the company reach the target audience and achieve its goals 6 Social Platforms: Best Practices Meets “Proficient” criteria and makes detailed connections between specific best practices and the features of each platform Develops a strategy based on best practices that the company will use on each platform Develops a strategy that the company will use on each platform but the strategy is cursory or not based on best practices Does not develop a strategy that the company will use on each platform
35. 35. 6 Social Platforms: Content Meets “Proficient” criteria and description offers keen insight into how each platform targets specific audiences Describes what types of content should be used on each platform to reach the target audience and why Describes what types of content should be used on each platform to reach the target audience but does not describe why Does not describe what types of content should be used on each platform to reach the target audience 6 Social Platforms: Terms of Service Meets “Proficient” criteria and chosen examples show keen insight into the limits terms of
36. 36. service place on platforms Assesses how the terms of service impact use of the chosen platforms by the organization and provides specific examples Assesses how the terms of service impact use of the chosen platforms by the organization but assessment is cursory or lacks specific examples Does not assess how the terms of service impact use of the chosen platform by the organization 4.8 Examples: Exceptional Use Meets “Proficient” criteria and details offer insight into how the power of social media helps companies achieve goals Describes a real-world situation in which an organization demonstrated exceptional use of social media to achieve its goals
37. 37. Describes a real-world situation in which an organization demonstrated exceptional use of social media to achieve its goals but description is cursory or lacks clarity Does not describe a real-world situation in which an organization demonstrated exceptional use of social media to achieve its goals 4.8 Examples: Did Not Adhere Meets “Proficient” criteria and details offer keen insight into the consequences of not adhering to best practices Describes a real-world situation in which an organization did not adhere to best practices Describes a real-world situation in which an organization did not adhere to best practices but description is cursory, unclear, or contains inaccuracies Does not describe a real-world situation in which an organization did not adhere to best practices
38. 38. 4.8 Examples: Handle Feedback Meets “Proficient” criteria and plan demonstrates insightful connections between best practices and audience feedback Develops a plan, based on best practices, for how the organization should handle feedback on social media Develops a plan for how the organization should handle feedback on social media but plan is cursory or not clearly based on best practices Does not develop a plan for how the organization should handle feedback on social media 8 Examples: Appropriately Responding
39. 39. Meets “Proficient” criteria and examples exhibit a nuanced approach in responding to feedback on social media Explains how appropriately responding to feedback on social media can help the organization achieve its goals, supporting explanation with examples Explains how appropriately responding to feedback on social media can help the organization achieve its goals but explanation is cursory, unclear, or not supported with examples Does not explain how appropriately responding to feedback on social media can help the organization achieve its goals 8 Conclusion: Achieve Its Goals Meets “Proficient” criteria and examples show keen insight into effectiveness of continuous
40. 40. social media use Explains how the continuous use of social media can help the organization achieve its goals, supporting explanation with examples Explains how the continuous use of social media can help the organization achieve its goals but illustration is cursory or examples provided are not cogent Does not explain how the continuous use of social media can help the organization achieve its goals 4.8 Conclusion: Recommendations Meets “Proficient” criteria and recommendations exhibit keen insight into the importance of measuring success Offers recommendations for measuring success, explaining its importance Offers recommendations for
41. 41. measuring success, explaining its importance, but recommendations are cursory or lack clarity Does not offer recommendations for measuring success 4.8 Conclusion: Hypothetical Next Steps Meets “Proficient” criteria and next steps make cogent connections with the organization’s goals Develops hypothetical next steps for the organization should it decide to move forward with a strategic social media plan Develops hypothetical next steps for the organization should it decide to move forward with a strategic social media plan but next steps are cursory or inappropriate Does not develop hypothetical next steps for the organization
42. 42. should it decide to move forward with a strategic social media plan 4.8 Articulation of Response Submission is free of errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, and organization and is presented in a professional and easy-to-read format Submission has no major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization Submission has major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that negatively impact readability and articulation of main ideas Submission has critical errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that prevent understanding of ideas 4 Total 100%
43. 43. COM 310 Final Project Guidelines and RubricOverviewPromptMilestonesFinal Project Rubric MATU-203 Final Project Instructions Mastering the concepts in Introductory Statistics assists in building critical thinking skills, developing businesses and organizations, and solving all types of problems that require data. But an understanding of statistics extends beyond the ability to crunch numbers or use a software program. The ability to collect, organize, and analyze data is the beginning. The ability to clearly communicate your results to another person is the mark of true mastery. The Assignment In this assignment, you will choose a scenario with data – from one of 5 options provided at the end of these directions under Project Topics – and you will construct a paper that pulls together the statistics you have learned in order to answer a question. You will:
44. 44. 1. Introduce the main question, and explain the data that you will use to address it 2. Organize your data by providing appropriate charts, graphs and descriptive statistics 3. Analyze your data by conducting a hypothesis test 4. State your conclusions and recommendations See the section Outline Of Material To Present below for a more detailed explanation of what you will submit for each of these four sections. The topics that you may choose from are • Business – Analysis of Home Sales • Health Sciences – The Effect of Caffeine on Heart Rate • Psychology – The Effect of Colored Paper on Reading Speed • Sociology – Level of Education and its Effect on Homelessness in Veterans • Criminal Justice – Analysis of Poverty and Crime At the end of these directions, under Project Topics, are the full descriptions for each of these 5 topic options, including the data you must use in your analysis. Please scroll down and read through each of these 5 options in their entirety before making your selection. You must select one of these 5 topics.
45. 45. You may not select your own topic. Outline of Material to Present This assignment is broken down into four parts: Collection of Data, Organization of Data, Analysis of Data, and Conclusion/Recommendations. Each part has a subset of questions and issues you must address. Please ensure that your report includes a section for each of the 4 Parts listed below, and that each part addresses ALL of the sub-questions listed. Again, you must select one of the 5 topics provided at the end of these instructions in the section Project Topics, and you must use the data and names provided within your chosen topic prompt. Part 1: Collection of Data - Introduction and Primary Data Analysis (3 – 5 paragraphs): 1. Describe the objective: Before you can examine the data, you must understand the problem. a. Discuss the importance of this issue or situation. b. Introduce the company or organization you are preparing this report for, and explain
46. 46. why it is important to them. c. What is the research question? In other words, what is the basic question you, as the researcher, want to address? Why should we care about it? d. Was this an experimental or observational study? Explain. 2. Clearly and with sufficient detail, describe the population, sample, and collection methods in this study. a. What is the population you are interested in? b. What is the sample, specifically? c. What is a plausible way the sample was chosen and why? d. What problems or biases might have occurred from choosing that type of sampling method? 3. Discuss the type of data. a. Was the data quantitative or qualitative? Explain. b. What is the level of measurement (nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio)? Explain. 4. Describe the variables a. What are the independent and dependent variables? Give the type, units, and more specific information. b. Give examples of any confounding variables, lurking variables, and/or missing variables and explain how they may be affecting your study.
47. 47. Part 2: Organization of Data - Examination of Descriptive Statistics (graphs and tables, and approximately 4 paragraphs) Now that your data is collected, you need to organize it to identify characteristics and patterns. 1. Graph your data appropriately. Construct a scatterplot, bar graph, or other graph to show the nature of the data. For each graph, be sure you label the graph completely – that means give it a title, label the axes, and explain what that graph means in the context of this narrative. 2. Discuss whether the data is normally distributed. For this, use a visual inspection of a Histogram and Normal Quantile Plot, as well as what you see in the data itself and what that means about the high and low ends of the data. 3. Calculate and present the three Measures of Central Tendency: mean, median, and mode. Provide both the value of the statistics as well as an analysis of what they mean in terms of understanding the sample. 4. Calculate and present the Measures of Variation: range and standard deviation. Provide both the value of the statistics as well as an analysis of what they mean in terms of understanding the sample.
48. 48. 5. Calculate and present the 5-Number Summary: minimum, Q1, median, Q3, maximum. Provide both the value of the statistics as well as an analysis of what they mean in terms of understanding the sample. 6. Identify any Outliers. You can do this using a visual inspection of the graph as well as the formulas from the textbook (HINT: Q1 - 1.5*IQR, and Q3 + 1.5*IQR). 7. Discuss any corrections: Based on your inspection of the outliers are there any errors that should be corrected? How would you correct them? Discuss the implications of this result. Part 3: Analysis of Data - Examination of Inferential Statistics (tables of results, and appropriate hypothesis test steps) Assuming that all assumptions have been met, it is now time to analyze the data. Present a complete hypothesis test. 1. Identify the claim. 2. State the null and alternative hypotheses, in words and in symbolic form. 3. Explain what type of test you will be performing (i.e. a test of two dependent means, a test for correlation, etc.) and why that test is appropriate to address the
49. 49. main question you are trying to answer. 4. Select the significance level and determine if it is a one or two-tailed test. 5. Identify the test statistic and compute the value of the test statistic and the p-value. 6. Make a decision of whether to Reject or Fail to Reject the null hypothesis. 7. Restate your decision in nontechnical terms. That means, state your conclusion in a way that anyone can understand; a final conclusion that just says “reject the null hypothesis” by itself without explanation is not helpful to those who hired you. Explain in ordinary terms what it means. Part 4: Conclusion and Recommendations (approximately 3 paragraphs) Summarize and explain your results. Provide recommendations. 1. What can you infer from the statistics? 2. What information might lead you to a different conclusion? 3. What variables are missing? 4. What additional information would be valuable to help draw a more certain conclusion? 5. What qualitative or quantitative data would you want to collect if you were hired to do a follow up study?
50. 50. Formatting Requirements Your paper should be a Word document, with embedded charts, graphs, figures, and tables. It should be APA or MLA Format, with name and page number on each page, and should include each of the following: 1. Title page: You should have a cover page. The cover page should have the specific title of your study (Note: “MATU 203 Paper” does not clearly define the topic you are presenting), your name, Brandman University, MATU 203, term, and year. You might find it helpful to include an image of something representative of the study to provide a visual context for your report. 2. Write Up/Body: The body should be 5 - 8 pages with graphs, images, screen shots of data output, and text included. Please use a “page break” to separate the cover from the body and the references from the body and the appendices from the reference page. 3. References: Please include all articles, books, websites, publications, or other information
51. 51. that helped you reach your conclusion. The references come after the main body and before the appendix. At least two references are required, not including the textbook. 4. Appendices: You must have an appendix. The appendix goes at the end of your paper and might be an additional 1-2 pages. In the appendix, include your given data as well as supplemental charts and graphs outside of the ones included in your paper. Label the appendices, Appendix 1, Appendix 2, and so on. Academic Integrity The University expects that students will conduct themselves in an honest and ethical manner and respect the intellectual work of others. Your paper will be submit through TurnItIn, which is a plagiarism detection service. Your paper will receive a Similarity Report that represents the percentage of your paper that is similar to or copied from other sources. Any type of plagiarism, including using work without referencing, copying another paper, not citing references in the body of the paper, using a paper from another course,
52. 52. etc., will be met with penalties determined by the instructor, including the possibility of failing the course, and having an Academic Integrity Violation Sanction Report submitted to University administration. Note: You may not use a paper you wrote from a prior course, even if it is the same class you are taking now, without prior permission from your individual instructor. If you have further questions about academic integrity, please contact your instructor and/or see the catalog. Project Topics (select one of the topics and data sets below) Study #1: Business Mickey and Minnie Home Sales, an Orange County real estate company, wants to know if there is a relationship between the price a home sells for and the number of weeks the home was on the market prior to the sale. Mickey and Minnie conjecture that the higher the price of the home, the longer the house will be on the market. They select a simple random sample of 31
53. 53. recently sold homes in Anaheim for analysis and they want to know if the number of weeks to sale influences asking price. You are asked to organize and analyze this data, and present your results to the company with an appropriate hypothesis test. Please present a report to the Mickey and Minnie executives that includes your data, results, and related evidence from national studies. Asking Price (thousands), X Weeks to Sale, Y 150 6 250 17 200 8 285 10 320 12 80 5 120 8 300 12 180 6
54. 54. 600 22 300 9 210 8 300 16 460 14 670 15 400 10 300 18 200 9 240 14 65 7 900 13 330 12 205 5 405 15 630 16 255 7 310 14
55. 55. 440 16 305 13 700 20 280 6 Click here to Download the Data Set for Study #1 https://drive.google.com/a/mail.brandman.edu/file/d/1dYWKW3 giR4g8J9ZtMeH90ZKdMkWhdLMW/view?usp=sharing Study #2: Nursing and Health Sciences Premiere Hospital of Newport Beach (PHNB) wants to determine whether or not to serve caffeinated coffee for their patients in the waiting rooms. At this point, they are not concerned about the visitors, only people who will be treated at the hospital. As a state-of-the-art medical facility, they know that many similar facilities do serve coffee and they want to determine if there is sufficient evidence to show that caffeinated coffee increases heart rate. The hospital tested 31 hospital patients who each recently had
56. 56. two cups of coffee while awaiting a doctor consultation. The patients’ heart rates were recorded before they drank coffee, and again after they drank coffee. You are asked to organize and analyze this data, and present your results with an appropriate hypothesis test of whether caffeine significantly increases heart rate. Please present a report to the Premiere Hospital administrators that includes your data, results, and related evidence from national studies. Heart Rate Before Coffee Heart Rate After Coffee 80 95 70 100 80 84 65 65 77 84 60 74 90 100 75 85
57. 57. 88 98 70 95 78 80 70 80 62 78 50 60 72 88 75 79 60 72 72 90 60 65 68 78 65 75 62 75 75 90 84 88 87 95 73 87
58. 58. 78 88 68 75 72 84 81 92 75 86 Click here to Download the Data Set for Study #2 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1s07MuF4SwwTcFvdDtvwLFVS MDaodaFZq/view https://drive.google.com/file/d/1s07MuF4SwwTcFvdDtvwLFVS MDaodaFZq/view Study #3: Psychology Some people believe that reading text printed on colored paper is easier than reading text on white paper. For this reason, disability services locations often provide colored filters that are clear to put over top of books and imprinted pages. Irvine University, a public research institution with 30,000 undergraduate students, is considering the possibility of providing colored filters for those people in disability services who would be helped by this tool. Irvine University randomly tested 31 students in their