Groups / Student must submit:-
Completion of a lab report consisting of all the key sections as discussed below, demonstrating your quantitative and qualitative analytic skills. The Lab Report will be submitted electronically through the assignment link on the Moodle page. The Lab Report must be in Microsoft office format.
1. You are required to prepare a Lab Report in response to the online survey data that is up on Moodle.
2. This should have an analysis conducted for both the quantitative and qualitative data.
3. It should contain thematic analysis, using NVivo for the qualitative component (see below).
4. For the quantitative component, the statistical tests (ran on SPSS) chosen by students to analyze the data will need to be taken from the selection of parametric tests covered in Research Technique & Analysis 2:
- One way between groups ANOVA
- Two-way between-group ANOVA
- Linear Regression
- Multiple Regression
5. Please ensure to stick within the outlined word count (see below).
6. Ensure that you reference in accordance with the APA 6th edition format.
7. There are referencing classes available in the library for those who are not clear on this format.
Details of assignment brief
Important Points to Note
- The Lab Report requires the student to systematically prepare a report in accordance with the scientific method applied to the discipline of psychology, this includes but is not limited to
- Appropriate structure of Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References and Appendix.
- Ensuring all central variables are adequately defined.
- Provide a literature review and supplement research questions with reference to the literature, particularly with research articles.
- The questionnaire is made up of a number of demographic questions and a number of scale variables in the SPSS file and a qualitative question in the excel file. The student is required to choose particular variables to focus on in the SPSS file, and develop two hypotheses to develop a Lab report around.
- A title should be between 12 and 15 words.
- It should contain an abstract containing the appropriate content with a word count of 150 words.
- For the Introduction, they will choose the literature that is appropriate to the hypotheses they have developed and develop a rationale for the report. The two hypotheses and qualitative research questions should be listed at the end of the introduction.
- The Method should detail all the key sections of participants, materials (information on the measures used in their study), design, and procedure and data analysis.
- The Results section should include the reporting of the appropriate analysis that was conducted for addressing the hypotheses for the quantitative component, and the themes developed from the thematic analysis in NVivo for the qualitative component as detailed below.
- The Discussion should outline the findings in terms of previous research and the hypotheses and research question and then critique the study in terms of strengths, limitations, applications, implications, and future directions, finishing the section with a conclusion.
- These sections should follow with a Reference section and Appendices.
- Appendices must include the output from the SPSS for the associated analysis along with the traditional appendices such as information sheet, survey and debrief sheet.
Requirements for Quantitative Analysis
1. An SPSS file is up on Moodle for the quantitative aspect of the report.
2. Examine the dataset and develop two different hypotheses to test in your report.
3. The hypotheses must be tested using one of the tests covered in the module (i.e. you must use this material from the Research Technique and Analysis 2 module [listed above]). Each hypothesis needs to be answered by a separate statistical test (i.e. you could run a one-way ANOVA for H1 and a multiple regression for H2, or separate multiple regressions for each hypothesis, etc.).
4. Run the analysis for each of the hypotheses.
5. Include at least one chart depicting the findings.
6. Should contain a descriptive statistics section (table of descriptive statistics, reliability of measures) along with the inferential section for the hypotheses
7. In your results for each of the tests:
a. List the hypothesis
b. State the test that you conducted
c. Report the findings of the test in journal format.
Requirements for Qualitative Analysis
1. An excel file of qualitative data is on Moodle for the assessment
2. Using the steps shown in class, import the data as survey data into Vivo.
3. Using the notes from class to go through the appropriate stages to develop the nodes.
- Including child-nodes where relevant.
4. Build upon this to develop the themes in the data with supporting nodes.
5. Once completed, now develop a thematic model – project map version only, mapping the themes in the data to demonstrate the hierarchical nature of the data and analysis.
6. In your results section:
- Copy the model into the results section.
- For each of the themes:
- State the theme and describe it (defining what it is).
- Give two key quotes that depict the theme.
- Include a sentence of a conclusion regarding each of the themes in the data.