SELECTED STUDY –
ANALYSIS #1 ASSIGNMENT
ANALYSIS #2 ASSIGNMENT
learned much during the first few weeks of this course and this Analysis
assignment is an opportunity for you to pull all of your learning together. To be
successful on this assignment, apply everything that you have learned from your
readings, the discussion forums, and the module information pages.
For additional help, use the module materials and textbook readings.
CRITERIA FOR ANALYZING A RESEARCH STUDY
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Remember to provide
evidence to support
your responses as well as
citations and references (including the article you are analyzing)! For
example, when answering 1b. You would include how your problem
statement meets the 5 criteria for problem statements that you learned in
Include citations and references
from the textbook, course
your research article
Failure to do so will result in point loss or rejection of your
research study that you selected in
Select a Study
Module 2 to answer these questions for Analyses #1 & 2.
use the template
provided in the course, and include the entire
question prior to your response. The template will expand to
accommodate your responses. Your paper will not be accepted if the
instructions are not followed completely.
Keep the template in black font (as provided), but use
Well thought out and
answers to the analysis questions
will generate a critical analysis of your research article, a skill that all
baccalaureate-prepared, health care and human services professionals
need to acquire in order to provide evidence-based care to their
Use APA format for all citations and references. Use the correct file
naming procedure for your submissions.
For Analysis #1 answer: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (covers modules 1-3); (Due
For Analysis #2 answer: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (covers Modules 4-6); (Due
1. Problem Statement/Purpose Statement
What is the
of the research experiment that you selected in the
Select a Study assignment in Module 2? [It must be one of the options specified
for the assignment – do NOT find your own article, as your paper will not be
b. Provide a properly formatted reference (APA format) for the article:
c. Follow the same
directions you did in the Module 1 “Problems
Everywhere” discussion forum and write a
for this research
experiment. (Hint: citations and references needed; use the readings to
inform/guide/support your responses throughout this paper).
d. Using the definition for a research
what do you think the
of this research experiment is?
e. In your opinion, is this experiment important to our health care system in this
Using your textbook and course content define the term
one for the research study you are analyzing.
b. Using your textbook (hint: citations and references needed) and course
the term simple hypothesis and
one for the research study
you are analyzing. Then
the following terms and use your
to write a
Identification and Operational Definitions of Study Variables
a. Name the
variable/s in your study
. Concept of Operationalization:
In an experimental research study, the
researchers hope to find that
applying the IV
change the DV
. In order to
determine if the change occurred (or how much of a change occurred), the
researchers must clearly define both the IV and DV, and specify exactly how the
variables will be measured in the study. For example, suppose researchers want
to determine the effect of steroid use (IV) on aggression (DV) in male youth.
They must define what they mean by “steroid use” and specify how it is to be
measured (i.e., participant-reported daily use of over-the-counter anabolic steroid
products for the purpose of increasing muscle mass) as well as define and
specify their DV (i.e., as measured using the Aggression Scale for Adolescents
[Orpinas & Frankowski, 2001]).
With that example in mind, how did the researchers operationalize the IV and DV,
and how did they
(i.e., exactly how did they determine if
the IV had changed/had an impact on the DV, or exactly how did they
the DV had been impacted or changed)
Please explain thoroughly:
Before researchers begin their experiment they review the literature to see what
previous experiments might have taken place using the same or similar variables;
nobody wants to reinvent a wheel. Literature Reviews are relatively short and
are always located
between the abstract and the methods sections of a research
Locate the Literature Review in your research study. It will be
under a section called Introduction
OR Literature Review
ALTERNATIVELY, there may be no specific heading
Note that it is NOT in the Abstract.
is the Literature Review in your article? (Page
number? Column? Paragraph/s?)
Read carefully through the
section in your study and
that are being addressed in the
After reviewing the course content on primary and secondary sources
the Reference page of your article for 1
that you are certain about
just from reading the title in the citation
number or Authors of the citation
and whether that citation is primary or
secondary. Use the readings/course content to provide a rationale for your
use the buzz words
that are posted on the content page to help
you – what words clue you in that is it primary or secondary?):
At the beginning
or end of the Literature Review, and before the Methods
section the researchers
they found in earlier
variables of interest. Researchers
use this summary to point out a
A gap is something that is still not understood, or perhaps still not
fully explored. Researchers often state this as their aim in conducting their study.
Review the section carefully because they may point to more than one gap or
area in need of further research.
did the researchers point out in your study?
Using your understanding of the multiple research study designs from your
textbook and the content pages, identify the
used for this study
provide a rationale for your decision
(i.e., provide a
of the type of
design that you identify in your research article):
In your opinion, was this design appropriate for this study?
Why or why not?
Base this on evidence from your readings and course content.
(variables other than the IV and the DV)
can impact/affect the DV (may contribute to the change in the DV, outcome or
results). In other words, they may be threats to internal validity of the study.
Were threats to
(extraneous variables) controlled in this study?
How? Give specific examples.
that should/could be controlled in this
study. Why? (i.e.,
how do you think this variable might affect the DV or the
of the study?):
How would YOU have controlled for this extraneous variable?
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