Lab 3

In this course, the first exercise is demonstrative, the second teachable, and the third inquiry-based. There will be a pre-lab before the third lab, which is hypothesis-driven and focuses on methods to address the research question.Lab 3: Students will design and implement a group research project based on a theme related to the previous two labs. Students will first prepare a research proposal or pre-lab assignment, in which they will develop a hypothesis with the guidance of the instructor and identify appropriate methods to test their hypothesis, including what quantitative data they plan to collect and how they plan to interpret the data. They will execute the research plan once approved by the instructor. Instructor will assist with project implementation but students will be solely responsible for the execution of their study including any data gathering. Students will then tabulate their results and formulate a conclusion. DSL 200.2, DSL 200.4.Students will perform all the work as a group. All students will brainstorm research questions, create a hypothesis, design a survey, collect data, discuss and interpret data, and write a report AS A GROUP. As a result of the process outlined above, the final grade on this assignment will be the same for all students in the group. It is imperative that students participate and contribute as much as possible to this project to receive a score they are satisfied with. LABORATORY 3 (20%):For lab #3, students will work in groups of 3. Each lab group will come up with their OWN research questions that can be answered using a survey as an investigative tool. Surveys are ideal for understanding how people think about various topics. Lab 2 investigated the potential market of a fictional product, but the subject for the student generated survey can be on any topic. Consider other questions you have about the attitudes, beliefs, or impressions the general public have on a topic that you are curious about. Decide as a group on the research questions you will attempt to answer with your survey.Once the research questions have been generated, find at least one academic source to support a statement of hypothesis. The information must be relevant and provide facts or evidence that support the prediction made by the hypothesis.*Note, everything up to this point should have been completed in the pre-lab assignment. Please use the bulk of the writing of that assignment for the final lab report. If there were problems with the pre-lab work, please use the feedback of the instructor to correct those problems for the final lab report.Using the same methods of survey creation that were performed in lab 2, student teams will create a short survey to give to people to test their research questions and hypothesis. Be sure to follow the guidelines for question creation that were discussed in lab 2 so that the data gathered is useful.Ideally the survey should be presented to the instructor for review before students begin collecting data. The groups will ensure that they collect a minimum of 30 usable responses to their survey. Any less than 30 responses will result in a loss of points for both the lab report AND presentation for the entire group.Once the data is gathered, students will analyze it for patterns or trends, and then interpret the data to see if their hypothesis statement was supported.EvaluationThe students will write a group lab report in similar fashion to lab #2. The report must have clear sections with headers for each of the following: Introduction and Hypothesis, Experiment, Results, Conclusion, and Discussion.The introduction must describe the thought process of the students in developing their research questions, including previous observations, the reasons for curiosity in the topic, and the current gaps in knowledge that will be addressed by their study. The writing will present facts or supporting evidence from at least one academic source of information (though more may be necessary) to support the prediction of the hypothesis. A testable and quantifiable hypothesis for the study must be written in the proper style. The information presented in the introduction should lead the audience to the hypothesis statement. Please be sure to make it abundantly clear to the reader what the hypothesis statement is for the study.The experimental design must be written in sufficient detail for the instructor to understand exactly how the experiment was carried out. Someone reading the experiment section should be able to duplicate the exact same experiment if they wanted to. This means that the wording of each survey question must be described, along with the reasons for asking that question (Ask yourself: what data are you trying to obtain with this question?).With the information gathered during the experiment, results must be thoroughly displayed in graphical or tabular form, and any analysis of the data must be described in full sentences and paragraphs. A final interpretation of the data must be written in this section.A clear conclusion must be determined based on the data gathered and how it relates to the hypothesis. It is a good idea to restate the hypothesis and explain how your data either supports the hypothesis, disproves the hypothesis, or falls somewhere in between. Furthermore, the writing should explain how this experiment addressed the original research questions.The discussion section should address either one of the following questions in great detail: 1) What new research questions were created by the group after completing this study? What would you study next? Or 2) How would you change the questions in your survey in order to get better feedback on your product? How could you improve the study you did?Student ExpectationsPlease submit the lab report as a Word document or PDF. No other formats will be accepted. Please refer to the grading rubric below to understand how it will be evaluated. *Note, since this is a group project, the entire group will receive the same grade.I expect all students in the group to contribute equally to the project. It is also expected that students will work out any problems of effort or contribution within their group dynamic. This is an essential skill to develop, to be able to work with others to achieve an end goal. If a concern is brought up to a student by the other members of the group, they should respond professionally and responsibly. If a student is not contributing in any meaningful way to the execution of the study or the writing of the report, I ask that the other members of the group inform the professor of this issue. The professor will issue one warning to the student to change their behavior. If it is determined that a student does not contribute, they will receive a zero on the assignment.I ask that all students take the work seriously and put in the effort required. I do not want to deal with petty drama, so please perform the group work professionally and responsibly.