Data Collection & Analysis Project Guidelines

Data Collection & Analysis Project Guidelines

Data Collection & Analysis Project Guidelines

Data Collection & Analysis Project Guidelines

 Purpose: The purpose of this project is to help students apply techniques

presented in class. Further, it provides students with the opportunity to

analyze data with a software program such that they may utilize this

program for their future data analysis needs (e.g., research, grants,

assessment, and evaluation).

 Research Question: Is there a correlation between Body Mass Index (BMI)

and Body Fat Percentage (BFP) measured by Bioelectrical Impedance among

a sample of AHS 340 students?

 Data Collection: The data collection will be done in class by students using

an instrument (questionnaire) provided by the course instructor.

 Data Analysis: Students will analyze the data using Microsoft Excel.

Descriptive statistics (analysis of frequency, percentage, mean, and

standard deviation) used to characterize the study sample in terms of the

variables measured. Correlation analysis or one-way analysis of variance will

be utilized to examine the relationship/correlation between BMI and BFP.

 Project Report: Your report should include the following parts:

 Background (Max of 2 pages): This section establishes the context of

the project by summarizing current understanding and background

information about the topic, stating the purpose of the work in the form

of the research question, briefly explaining your rationale, methodological

approach, highlighting the potential outcomes your study can reveal, and

describing the remaining structure of the paper.

 Methods (Max of 1 page): The methods section should describe in detail

the study design, data collection process, sampling method, variables

measured, the type of data analyses conducted and the software utilized.

 Results (No page limit): The results section of the project is where you

report the findings of your study based upon the information gathered as

a result of the methodology [or methodologies] you applied. The results

section should simply state the findings, without bias or interpretation,

and arranged in a logical sequence. The results section should always be

written in the past tense. Use of tables and graphs (descriptive statistics)

is very good here. Minimally, this section should include the following:

- A table showing demographic characteristics of the


- A table showing classification of participants based on their

BMIs classification( Underweight, Normal, Overweight, &


- A table showing BMI classifications ( Underweight, Normal,

Overweight, & Obese) by gender

- A table showing classification of participants based on their

body fat percentage categories

- A scatterplot of BMI vs. BFP

- Value of r(Pearson correlation coefficient)

 Conclusion (Max of 1 page): The conclusion is intended to help the

reader understand why your research should matter to them after they

have finished reading the paper. A conclusion is not merely a summary of

your points or a re-statement of your research problem but a synthesis

of key points.

 References (No page limit): This is a list of cited sources (if any) that

you consulted and obtained information from while writing your research

paper. For this paper, you are required to use APA style.

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