Signature Assignment: Fictitious Statistical Study

| December 31, 2015

This week you will develop a fictitious problem and data set that utilizes specific statistics to analyze the data. The goal of this

project is to allow you to demonstrate your cumulative knowledge and to operationalize your learning in a scholarly manner.

Review all course readings and resources as applicable.

Activity Description

For this assignment, you will undertake an analysis based on a self-designed fictitious study that utilizes statistical methodologies. You

will first develop a fictitious problem to examine – it can be anything. For example, maybe you want to look at whether scores on a

standardized college placement test (like the SAT) are related to the level of income a person makes 10 years after college; Or, whether

those who participate in a Leadership Training program rated as better managers compared to those who do not; Or, whether ones political

affiliation is related to gender. These are just a few examples; be creative and think about what piques your interest. You might also

address a problem that you may want to look at in future research for a dissertation. You will use either EXCEL or SPSS to conduct the


Your analysis report should include the following components:

Describe your research study.
State a hypothesis.
List and explain the variables you would collect in this study. There must be a minimum of three variables and two must meet the

assumptions for a correlational analysis.
Create a fictitious data set that you will analyze. The data should have a minimum of 30 cases, but not more than 50 cases.
Conduct a descriptive data analysis that includes the following:
a measure of central tendency
a measure of dispersion
at least one graph
Briefly interpret the descriptive data analysis.
Conduct the appropriate statistical test that will answer your hypothesis. It must be a statistical test covered in this course such

as regression analysis, single t-test, independent t-test, cross-tabulations, Chi-square, or One-Way ANOVA. Explain your justification for

using the test based on the type of data and the level of measurement that the data lends to for the statistical analysis.
Report and interpret your findings. Use APA style and include a statement about whether you reject or fail to reject the null

Copy and paste your Excel or SPSS data output and place it in an appendix.

Remember, the goal of this project is to show what you have learned in the course. Therefore, this project becomes a cumulative learning

project where you can demonstrate what you have learned through all the previous assignments, readings and video presentations that you

have watched.

Length: 12-15 pages not including title and reference pages
References: Minimum of 5 scholarly resources.
Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts

and insights relating directly to this topic. Your paper should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Review APA Form and


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