Subject | General |

Due By (Pacific Time) | 12/19/2016 12:00 am |

__PART 1__

For this Assignment, you will explore the Final Project dataset provided in the Course Information tab and select one of the following diseases (dependent variables): dengue, HIV, coronary heart disease, diabetes, or lung cancer. You will examine the other (independent) variables available in the dataset. They include demographic variables (i.e., gender, age, race/ethnicity, income, education, insurance, urban residence, and region), clinical risk factors (i.e., BMI and cholesterol), and behavioral risk factors (i.e., alcohol and tobacco consumption, injection drug use, condom use, exercise, and fruit/vegetable intake). You will then develop a problem statement (or research question) related to your disease and 1-2 independent variables of your choice. Finally, you will begin to research this disease in the literature.

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**The Assignment: 2–3 pages)**

• Provide a brief (e.g., 2-paragraph) background summary of the disease (dependent variable) you have selected from the Final Project dataset.

• Identify and provide a brief description of the independent and dependent variables you will consider for your Final Project.

• Run and save the Data Dictionary from the Final Project SPSS datafile. Include the output as an appendix to your assignment.

• Identify your “Statement of the Problem” (or research question). Be sure your statement or question makes mention of both the independent and dependent variables you are examining. (This will be important for later assignments when you complete statistical analysis using the Final Project dataset.).

• Provide an Annotated bibliography which is to include:

• Sources: Four recent (less than 3 years old) primary peer-reviewed research articles related to the disease of your paper. Beyond the minimum four primary research articles, you may add additional, high-quality secondary literature (reviews or meta-analyses), and you may use websites if from a scholarly and relevant source (e.g. CDC, NCHS, etc.). Your sources must follow APA formatting.

Annotation: For each research article, include a brief description of the study aim, the methods used, and the major findings. For each non research source, provide a concise description of the relevant key points addressed in the source. Include in the annotation a brief description of how you plan to use each source (e.g. provides statistics for the problem, etc.)

__PART 2__

**Assignment:** (2–3 pages)

• Provide a summary of other studies that **directly relate** to your identified disease. Be sure to refer back to the sources used for your annotated bibliography in week 4.

• Considering the feedback you received on your week 4 assignment, restate your “Statement of the Problem” (or research question).

• Identify both your null and alternative/research hypothesis.

• Provide a brief description of the significance of why this issue is important for examination.

__PART 3__

For this Assignment, consider the data gathering method(s) that would be necessary to examine your statement of the problem (research question) as well as the statistical analyses required to test your null hypothesis. Review this week’s Learning Resources and reflect on the types of statistical analyses you may use to explore the variables of interest for your Final Project.

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**The Assignment **(1 page)

• Methods

• Brief description of possible study participants*

• Description of the possible data gathering methods*

• Explanation of the types of statistical analyses you will conduct and why (Be sure to include an explanation of how your variables of interest helped determine the appropriate analyses.)

*Must relate to the information (variables) you selected in the Final Project dataset.

__PART 4__

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With your disease in mind, and the instructor feedback you received on your methods section, conduct the appropriate statistical analyses using SPSS and review the output obtained. For this Final Project Assignment, review this week's Learning Resources. Reflect on the significance of the results. Be sure to save the code for your statistical analysis and include it as an appendix with your submission for this week.

**Note:** SPSS allows you to set an option so the syntax code is saved in the output or you can paste code directly into a syntax window by clicking the mouse on 'Paste' before running a procedure. Then save the syntax window into a syntax file (really a txt file that can be copied into Word) before ending the SPSS session.

**The Assignment:** (1 page of narrative plus charts and SPSS syntax code)

• Description of the steps you took to conduct your statistical analyses.

• Summary of your statistical findings**

• Narrative description

• Tables and graphs (Be careful – too many tables and graphs decreases clarity)

• Be sure to include your SPSS codebook as well as the syntax code used in SPSS to conduct your statistical analyses. The page length of your code may vary according to the types of analyses conducted.

****Note:** Do not attempt to explain your results in this section; only report your findings.

__PART 5__

This section combines all parts (You can copy and paste from previous section)

**The Assignment:** (7–10 pages)

• Section I: Introduction (3 pages)

• Brief description of your identified disease

• Summary of other studies that **directly relate** to your identified disease outcome

• Statement of the Problem/Research question

• Written statements for both your null and alternative/research hypothesis

• Brief description of the significance of why this disease is important for examination

• Section II: Methodology (1page)

• Brief description of the study sample

• Description of the data gathering methods for your variables of interest

• Explanation of the types of statistical analyses you conducted and why

• Section III: Results (2–4 pages)

• Description of the steps you took to conduct your statistical analyses

• Summary of your statistical findings

Narrative description

Tables and graphs (Be careful--too many tables and graphs decreases clarity)

• Section IV: Conclusions and Discussion (1–2 pages)

• Explanation of your major results (Be sure to answer your research question.)

• If appropriate, report on statistical significance (or not) of your results; including any relationship between your variables of interest.

• Social change implications of your results for the population that was sampled from.

• Suggestions for future research.

• Appendices

• SPSS Codebook

• Syntax Code (step-by-step instructions of how to run the different analyses)

• References

**Include 4–6 peer-reviewed resources**.

**Be sure to follow APA format**.

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