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Develop an initial survey based on a topic of interest in your personal or professional life.
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Note: Complete this assessment and wait for faculty feedback before beginning Assessment 2.
Before rushing out to collect data, it is important to clearly define what you are trying to accomplish and what you are trying to answer from your study. This assessment provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate your ability to define your goals and begin to formulate a data collection strategy to meet those goals.
Using the Initial Survey Design Template linked in the Resources under the Required Resources heading, identify a topic of interest in your personal or professional life and explain your reasons for selecting the topic and your thoughts about the study design. As you fill out the template, keep in mind that surveys are usually done to answer some sort of question. This topic could be something based on your professional activities or your personal interests. In other words, you get to make the subject of the statistical study something to which you can relate.
Address the following in the template:
|Define a study topic in relation to its importance in one’s personal or professional life.
||Does not describe a survey topic.||Describes a survey topic, but does not explain its importance to one’s personal or professional life.||Defines a study topic in relation to its importance in one’s personal or professional life.||Defines a study topic in relation to its importance in one’s personal or professional life, and provides specific examples of how the results could be used in one’s personal or professional life.|
|Identify potential variables to include in data gathering related to a survey topic.
||Does not identify potential variables to include in data gathering.||Identifies potential variables to include in data gathering, but some of the variables are not relevant to the survey topic.||Identifies potential variables to include in data gathering related to a survey topic.||Identifies potential variables to include in data gathering related to a survey topic, and describes why they are appropriate.|
|Explain why a specific population is appropriate for a study.
||Does not specify a population for a study.||Specifies a population for a study.||Explains why a specific population is appropriate for a study.||Explains why a specific study population is appropriate for a study compared to other potential populations.|
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