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# Part A (Items #1 and #12 are required but not graded) You will submit one file, a Word document. Please

limit each response to 250 words or less. Name the file in the following format: lastnamefirstinitialBTM8107-1.doc (example: smithbBTM8107-1.doc).

1. Briefly describe your area of research interest (1-3 sentences is sufficient).
2. List 4 variables that you might assess in a research project related to your research area.
3. List one for each type of measurement scale: Nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio. If you
4. cannot think of a variable for each measurement scale, explain why the task is difficult.
5. Create one alternate hypothesis and its associated null hypothesis related to your research
6. area.
7. Briefly describe whether you think your area of interest is more conducive to
8. experimental or correlational research. What are the costs/benefits of each as it relates to
10. Reliability vs. Validity. Considering your area of research interest, discuss the importance
11. of reliability and validity. Can you have one without the other? Why or why not?
12. Sample vs. Population. Considering your area of research interest, describe the difference
13. between a sample and population. Why is it important to understand the difference
14. between a sample and population in a statistics course?
15. Measures of Central Tendency. Below is a set of data that represent weight in pounds for
16. a particular sample. Calculate the mean, median and mode. Which measure of central tendency best describes this data and why? You may use Excel, SPSS, some other software program, or a hand calculator for this problem.
17. 110.00
18. 117.00 120.00 118.00 104.00 100.00 107.00 115.00 115.00 115.00 114.00 100.00 117.00 115.00 103.00 105.00

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