The purposes of the project are to distinguish between quantitative and qualitative data, to demonstrate both an understanding of the appropriate means of displaying, analyzing and interpreting statistics on each type, and the appropriate use of technology to produce a report of the findings.
Pick a meaningful survey topic that can be investigated by asking people in your surroundings (students, coworkers, neighbors, etc.). You must survey at least 30 people. In your report, you will identify and explain how the sample was selected and what population it represents.
Your survey must contain 2 questions.
One question must have a qualitative (word) response
One question must have a quantitative (numeric) response.
You must get your instructor to approve your questions. There will be a deadline for this mid semester (You can always email them to me before the deadline if you want to get started on the project early). After your questions are approved, you will collect and compile the data.
You will use SPSS to create the following:
For the qualitative data
Create a frequency table
Create a pie chart
For the quantitative data
Calculate the mean, median, mode, range, standard deviation, and five number summary
Create a dot plot
Create a box plot
Identify any outliers
Create a histogram
Be sure to demonstrate your knowledge of SPSS by utilizing features such as color, showing counts or percentages etc. To generate the required output through SPSS, you must first define the variables with the appropriate characteristics in Data Editor, then enter the results from your survey. Be sure to give your variables meaningful names. Since your report must include written work as well as SPSS output, it may be useful to generate the output in SPSS first, export it as a Word/RTF (.doc) document and then add the written comments.
The Report must contain the following:
Explain what topic is being investigated and why you selected it.
Identify the population of interest
Explain your sampling method and how the survey was conducted.
Include all of the above mentioned graphs and charts. Do NOT include anything other than what is listed above UNLESS it is helpful to your conclusion (if it is not addressed in the conclusion you will lose points).
This must include but is not limited to the following points:
Do you think you obtained results from this sample that were representative of the whole population? Why or why not? Be specific!
Discuss your findings by describing the graphs and/or point out any interesting features. Discuss the data; in other words, use the graphs and numbers to support your conclusions.
Compare the displayed data to what you expected to see. Since you were doing this survey with a purpose in mind, state your conclusions by reflecting on what you see in the graphs. Be specific!
What was interesting about this project?
What did you learn about your topic?
If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently? Why? Think about what you have learned about statistical procedures and methods.