Purpose of Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is to provide students the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of their ability to apply statistical concepts to business situations to inform data-driven decision-making. The project is a 3-week project, with part 1 in Week 3, part 2 in Week 4, and part 3 in Week 5. In Week 3, students identify the organization, problem, research variable, methods for collecting data, and show mastery of validity and reliability as applied to data-collection methods.
Resources: Week 3 Videos; Week 3 Readings; Statistic Lab
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Identify a business problem or opportunity at a company where you work or with which you are familiar. This will be a business problem you use for the individual assignments in Weeks 3-5. It should be a problem/opportunity for which gathering and analyzing some type of data would help you understand the problem/opportunity better.
Identify a research variable within the problem/opportunity that could be measured with some type of data collection.
Consider methods for collecting a suitable sample of either qualitative or quantitative data for the variable.
Consider how you will know if the data collection method would be valid and reliable.
Develop a 350-word analysis that includes the following:
Name and description of the selected company.
Describe the problem at that company.
Identify one research variable from that problem.
Describe the method(s) you would use for collecting a suitable sample of either qualitative or quantitative data for the variable (Note: do not actually collect any data).
Analyze how you will know if the data collection method would generate valid and reliable data (Note: do not actually collect any data).
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