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Page Ref: 16-186) Select a topic suitable for research and discuss how a student would develop this topic into a research project using the eight steps of the research model as identified in the textbook. Answer: Follow the research model as it is presented on pp. 20-22. When selecting a topic for research it should be broad enough so that information can be found about the topic, but narrow enough so that it challenges the student and offers the potential for in-depth study. Page Ref: 20-227) Develop a table based on hypothetical data that you assemble on the members of a sociology class composed of 25 students. Make a class roster that includes the first name, sex, age, and grade point average of the 25 students. Then, develop a table based on this data along with all the components used in Table 1.2 on page 23. Incorporate the means, medians, and modes of the data collected when appropriate (grade point averages and ages of the members).Summarize other data in an appropriate form. Answer: The table will summarize the data contained in the roster. The table must include a title, headnote, headings, columns, and rows. For the source, specify the university, your class number, section, semester, and year.Page Ref: 23-248) Dr. Zarchov has just completed calculating the test scores of her Introduction to Sociology honors class. The 15 students in the course registered the following scores out of a maximum of 100 points: 85, 96, 86, 96, 91, 89, 87, 86, 96, 86, 85, 99, 85, 98, 85. Based on these scores, what is the mean, median, and mode? If you were Dr. Zarchov, what grading scale would you assign to the scores and why? Answer: The range of the scores is 85 to 99. The mean or arithmetic average is 90. 0 (the sum of the scores [1350] divided by the number of scores [15]). The median, the middle score, is 87. The mode is 85. The median is probably the best measure to use for comparisons. When assigning grades, Dr. Zarchov may be using a percentage scale required by the university for grading. This scale may specify a score of 93% or higher to be an "A," 90-92% an A-, 87 to 89% a B+, 83 to 86% a B, 80 to 82% a B-, and so on. If Dr. Zarchov is using a curve, she may award grades very similar to what the percentage requirements are, mainly because the grades are bunched together. It is also possible that this honors exam was more difficult than an exam for a standard class or may have had additional requirements. So, using a curve becomes more of a matter of discretion as to what the professor considers fair based on a number of factors. Page Ref: 24
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