Assignment 2: Methodology – PTSD

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In your final paper for this course, you will need to write a Methods section that is about 3–4 pages long where you will assess and evaluate the methods and analysis of your proposed research.

In preparation for this particular section, answer the following questions thoroughly and provide justification/support. The more complete and detailed your answers for these questions, the better prepared you are to successfully write your final paper:

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  • What is the problem being      addressed by your research study?
  • State the refined research      question and hypothesis (null and alternative).
  • What are your independent and      dependent variables? What are their operational definitions?
  • Who will be included in your      sample (i.e., inclusion and exclusion characteristics)?
  • How many participants will you      have in your sample?
  • How will you recruit your      sample?
  • Identify the type of      measurement instrument to be used to collect the raw numeric data to be      statistically analyzed and the type of measurement data the instrument      produces.
  • What issues will you cover in      the informed consent?
  • If there is potential risk or      harm, how will you ensure the safety of all participants?
  • Name any possible threats to      validity and steps that can be taken to minimize these threats.
  • What type of parametric or      nonparametric inferential statistical process (correlation, difference, or      effect) will you use in your proposed research? Why is this statistical      test the best fit?
  • State an acceptable behavioral      research alpha level you would use to fail to accept or fail to reject the      stated null hypothesis and explain your choice.

This paper may be written in question-and-answer format rather than a flowing paper. Write your response in a 3- to 4-page Microsoft Word document.

All written assignments and responses should follow APA rules for attributing sources.

Submission Details:

  • By Wednesday, September      27, 2017, save your document as M4_A2_Lastname_Firstname.doc and      submit it to the M4 Assignment 2 Dropbox.


Assignment 2 Grading   Criteria

Maximum Points


Stated the problem   being addressed.



Stated the refined   research question and hypothesis (null and alternative).



Stated the independent   and dependent variables and provided the operational definitions.



Discussed sample   characteristics and size.



Discussed a sample   recruitment strategy.



Identified the type of   measurement instrument to be used and the type of measurement data the   instrument produces.



Discussed the informed   consent and potential risk and protection factors.



Named the possible   threats to validity and steps that can be taken to minimize these threats.



Discussed the type of   parametric or nonparametric inferential statistical process that will be used   and why it is a best fit.



Stated an acceptable   behavioral research alpha level for analyzing the data.



Wrote in a clear,   concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate   representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling,   grammar, and punctuation.





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