Unformatted text preview: Instructions for Abstract -2 - 3 pages, double-spaced, plus one page for refs. -The abstract will be a summary of the research you have done this semester. Therefore, it should be based upon your work rather than work done within the group. Grading: This written assignment is worth 50 points. The abstract is due on the final day of class, April 29. Students who do not turn in a hard copy of the abstract on April 29 will lose 10 points. The abstract should include the following components: 1. Title. Create a descriptive title for your study. 2. Introduction to the Problem (10 pts). Summarize the literature relevant to the hypotheses being tested. Include proper citations. State any gaps in the research literature. State the individual hypotheses being tested. 3. Description of Methods (10 pts). State the research design. Indicate independent and dependent variables. Explain your measures with examples and citations. Describe the analytical plan for testing hypothesis testing, e.g., t, F, chi-square, correlation coefficients. 4. Results (20 pts). Report the results from your study, e.g., relevant descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, correlation coefficients, statistical significance. You do not need to include tables, charts, etc. Rather, summarize in words what you found in the tables. Provide an interpretation of your results, i.e., what do your results reveal? 5. Conclusion (5 pts). Describe how the results inform the research literature and address any research gaps. State any thoughts for future research directions. 6. References (5 pts). (APA Style) Include at least 3 of the most relevant references (1 page). Instructions for Group Presentation - Use PowerPoint. - Slides should be emailed to Prof. Dunton by 9 pm of the day prior to the presentation. -Two hard copies of the presentation should be brought to class on the day of the presentation. - Each group will have 15 minutes to present, followed by 5 minutes of questions from class. Time will be closely monitored so that each group has 20 minutes. - Each group member should present some part of the presentation. - One member may be designated to answer questions during the 5 minute Q&A. - Group members should dress appropriately. Suggestion: It is strongly recommended that the group rehearse the presentation one or more times before the actual class presentation. This will ensure that members are fluent in the material being presented and that the 15 minute time limit will not be exceeded. . Grading: The oral presentation is worth 200 points. The presentation will be graded upon…. -The quality of the slides. -The clarity of the presentation. -The application of key concepts learned during the semester. Included in the 200 points will be a confidential evaluation of each member’s contribution to the project by all members of the project. Members who put in little or no work to the presentation (or who have contributed little to the project during the semester) will likely lose points during these evaluations. The oral presentation should include the following: Title. A descriptive title for the presentation. All group members’ names should be on the title slide. (1 slide) Background. Summarize the literature relevant to the hypotheses being tested. State any gaps in the research literature. See Homeworks #1 and #7. (2-3 slides) Hypotheses. State the group hypothesis and all individual hypotheses being tested. Indicate the independent and dependent variables. See Homeworks #2 and #4. (1-2 slides) Methods. State the research design. State the key variables surveyed (IV’s and DV’s). Explain your measures with examples and citations Describe the analytical plan for testing hypothesis testing, e.g., t, F, chi-square, correlation coefficients. See HW #7 and #8. (1-2 slides) Results. Pie chars, bar charts, or histograms to provide Descriptive statistics for each key IV and DV (approx. 4 to 6 variables). On one slide, report the results of the group hypothesis. On one slide for each group member, report and interpret the results for each individual hypothesis. See Homework #9. (6-10 slides) Discussion. Describe how the results inform the research literature and address any research gaps. Describe what the group has learned during the course of analyzing and interpreting the data. Note: This section will require a discussion among the group to determine how the findings inform the literature And what has been learned. See Homework #10 (2-3 slides) Conclusion. Briefly summarize the main findings. State any thoughts for future research directions. See Homework #10. (1 slide) References. Include the most relevant references (1-2 slides). . Presentation Tips 1.Know the purpose of your presentation -What do you want your audience to know? -What does the audience already know about your topic? -How will you get and keep their attention/interest? 2. Make sincere and regular eye contact. 3. Vary the speed at which you talk, volume that you use, and pitch of your voice. - Avoid speaking too quickly or quietly. - Make your voice interesting to hear. -Speak with energy and enthusiasm. 4. Use physical gestures and facial expression. 5. Add pauses and take deep breaths. - Use in place of “ums” 6. Don’t read your presentation or slides verbatim. 7. It’s not just about numbers, it’s about what the numbers mean. 8. Look at the audience instead of the presentation screen. 9. Use a pointer or computer mouse. 10. Don’t apologize. . Use humor when appropriate. . Keep in mind your time. . Think ahead of questions that you may be asked. . Practice, practice, practice. . Have fun. Tips for Creating Effective Slides 1.Font size -No smaller than 28 point -Headings and titles should be 40 to 44 point. 1.No more than 8-10 lines of text per slide. 1.Use different font colors, bold, underline and italicize to emphasis points. 3. Use Ariel instead of Times New Roman. 4. Include graphics, images, pictures. 1.Avoid overuse of Powerpoint animation and slide transitions. 6. Include no more than 1-2 tables or charts per slide. 7. Highlight or circle what you want people to see in tables and charts. 8. Each slide should take about 2 minutes to present. . ...
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- Spring '09
- Hypothesis testing, Times Roman, future research directions.