Crafting a Methodological Blueprint: Research Study Participants, Procedures, and Instrumentation

Research Study Participants, Procedures, and the Instrument(s)[WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 4, 6]

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, review Chapters 13 through 17 from the course text, Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics: Using Microsoft Excel, as needed.

This week, you will complete the following components of the methods section for the Research Design Proposal.

This section of the proposal should have the following sections:

Participants—Population or Sample: Your research study may include the entire population or a subset or sample of the population. If your study will employ a sample, you must choose the appropriate sampling method. (If you wish to review sampling methods, you may revisit the Types of Sampling interactive from Week 1.) In this section of your paper,
If you will utilize a sample,
Describe the sampling method (e.g., random sampling, systematic sampling, multi-stage cluster sampling, stratified sampling, convenience, snowball, or other) in your research study.
Include the rationale for utilizing the sampling method you propose.
If you will not be utilizing a sample,
Explain how everyone will be assigned to each group if you use an experimental or quasi-experimental method.
Procedure: In this section of your paper,
Describe the precise procedures you will use in conducting this research study (i.e., exactly what you will do in the study).
It should be clear enough so that anyone could replicate the study. In other words, clearly explain to the reader how you will collect the data.
Instruments in the Study Design: In this section of your paper,
Identify the instrument you will use to collect data in your research study.
Describe the instrument. If you are conducting a survey or interview, include a minimum of seven questions you will ask.
The Research Study Participants, Procedures, and the Instrument(s) paper

must be one to two double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA StyleLinks to an external site. as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA Formatting for Microsoft WordLinks to an external site. resource.
must include a separate title page with the following in title case:
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Space should appear between the title and the rest of the information on the title page.
student’s name
name of institution (The University of Arizona Global Campus)
course name and number
instructor’s name
due date
must utilize academic voice.
See the Academic VoiceLinks to an external site. resource for additional guidance.
must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph.
Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
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must use at least one scholarly, peer-reviewed, or credible source in addition to the course text.
The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible SourcesLinks to an external site. table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source.
To assist you in completing the research required for this assignment, view Quick and Easy Library ResearchLinks to an external site. tutorial, which introduces the University of Arizona Global Campus Library and the research process, and provides some library search tips.
must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your PaperLinks to an external site. guide.
must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center.
See the APA: Formatting Your References ListLinks to an external site. resource in the Writing Center for specifications.
Carefully review the Grading RubricLinks to an external site. for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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