Statistics 422 Project Description - Spring 2009

Conduct a sample survey using any of the methods in our text beyond Chapter 4, and prepare a poster* to present your work.  Unless your survey is connected to other research on campus and you have obtained human subjects approval, all surveys are to be done by direct observation, and will not involve any interaction with subjects.  Your project must be approved by me before you start working on it.  Your poster should address the following issues:

  1. Introduction: this section gives information about the population to be sampled, what will be measured, and why the sample is being taken.  What is the research question?

  2. Sampling Design: Identify the key terms from Chapter 2 - what are the elements, population, sampling units, and frame?  What sampling designs did you consider (list more than just your final choice), and which design did you choose?   Explain why you chose your design.

  3. Methods, Implementation Details: How did you draw your random sample?   Attach a copy of key sections of computer code if you used SAS or some other program.

  4. Analysis: Include one or more graphical displays of your data.   Present the results of your analyses, with clear explanations.

  5. Conclusion: Interpret your results, and give conclusions about your research question.  Mention any new insights you had about sampling while doing the project.

Poster construction:

You can use 3' x 4' foldout posterboards for taping sheets of paper.   More details to follow.

Poster evaluation:

During our poster exhibit periods, each student will comment on other student posters.  A small part of the poster grade for each student will be based on these evaluations of other posters.

*Engineering Outreach students:

*For Engineering Outreach (EO) students, contact me to determine instructions for the course project.  A likely mode of presentation will be for you to prepare a Powerpoint or similar presentation and email it to me.  EO students will be able to view many of the on-campus posters, and they will also have a poster evaluation part of their project grade.