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Communication Studies 211 Paper One Assignment This paper assignment is intended to familiarize you with reading journal articles and writing about them in a clear and precise way. We do not expect you to come up with an introduction or thesis statement for this paper. Instead, we want you to write a separate response to each question. In each response, be sure to answer the question fully. Do not worry about being redundant. You should envision that you are writing these explanations to sophomore who is not in Communication Studies 211 and has not read the study you are writing about. Where appropriate, you should define the term you are using. For example, before explaining what the conceptual dependent variable is in this study, you should define “conceptual dependent variable.” Whenever possible, use the language from the research report and then explain that language in your own words. Answer the following questions about the article “Sedentary Behaviors Increase Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Mortality in Men.” This article has been posted on CTools. We recommend that you use the redacted version to answer these questions as that version makes it clear which parts of the article can be safely ignored. Submit your completed paper via CTools by 10:10am on January 31, 2011. Late papers will be penalized. There is a total of 90 points available. 1. What is the conceptual independent variable? (5 points) A conceptual independent variable is the theory or idea that is being studied as the cause of an occurrence. In this study, the conceptual independent variable is whether or not the participant engaged in sedentary behaviors, such as watching TV and riding in a car. 2. What is the conceptual dependent variable? (5 points) A conceptual dependent variable is the perceived result or effect of the independent variable. In this study, the conceptual dependent variable is whether or not the participant’s death is due to cardiovascular disease. 3.
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2011 for the course COMM 211 taught by Professor Traubaut during the Spring '08 term at University of Michigan.

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triciamittmanpaper1 - Communication Studies 211 Paper One...

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