Professional and Technical Communication (CT
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Empirical Research Report Format and Requirements JTC300002 Professional and Technical Communication Spring 2009 P 39 are 39J39J39 39 39 Mayl Your 1020 page paper is due on May 8 You can post it to quottumitinquot and give a hard copy to Jenna or your GTA the week of May 4th Be sure to include all citation in proper format Front Matter You must have 0 A cover page with your name email and or ground address and institutional af liation ie a department at CSU o A title which should clearly and concisely indicate what your study is about The method employed might also be indicated in the title eg quotA Content Analysis of Situation Comedies in Prime Timequot 0 A 200300 page abstract that clearly summarizes the purpose of your study your methodology and your results ndings Report Body Format and Content The body ofthis report will run 10 to 12 pages depending upon your project Each page of the body of your report should have a header which includes 0 your last name 0 page number ushed right The introduction should range from three to four doublespaced pages or more depending on your eld and the nature of your project and should explain 0 WHY your project is worth doing and place the study in the context of previous research andor theory The data that you have colletcted and analyzed along with any anticipated data yet to be collectedanalyzed The contents of at least siX researchtheory articles in the area and describe how your study would build on the ndings and reasoning of previous studies You must discuss and cite all sources When citing sources use a citation style that is appropriate for your eld eg APA CBE etc The end of your introduction should include a brief description of the proposed study and must provide hypotheses or research questions Your hypotheses and research questions should be logically deduced from the literature you have summarized The Method section should explain precisely how you tested your hypotheses It should be structured as follows If you conduct a study using human beings the first section of the method will be labeled Participants If you conduct a study using something other than human beings ie a study of urban wildlife or a physics experiment your first section will be labeled Sample A brief paragraph should be used to describe how your subj ects sample was selected along with a rationale for the choices you made The second section of the method will be labeled Desigp If you performed an experiment you will define all the independent variables and the number of levels of each variable Ifyou report a study that was not an experiment such as a survey you do not need a design section in your methods The third section of the method will be labeled Procedures The procedures section will include a description of everything you did to collect your data It will include a description of how you manipulated your independent variables if you performed an experiment If you did a study that was not an experiment you will explain how you measured your independentpredictor variables N E 4 The fourth section of the method will be labeled Dependent Measures This section will provide a conceptual definition and an operational definition for each of your dependent variables 5 The fifth section of the method will be labeled Statistical Analysis In this section you will describe the statistical analysis that you used to test your data In the Results section you should tell the reader what you have learned In this section you report the results of your statistical analysis 0 Restate each hypothesis and discuss it 0 Were your hypotheses confirmed 0 You must interpret your results for your reader What do the results mean Number figures tables and graphs separately ie Table 1 Table 2 Figure 1 Table 3 Figure 2 etc In the Discussion section talk about the potential practical applications of your results Also discuss the theoretical implications of your results Do they fit with the results from other relevant studies Do they suggest that the theories you used should be changed In the discussion you must also discuss any limitations of the method you used Back Matter You should have a page titled References in which you will list the articles and books you have cited in the introduction and discussion These references should be in a style appropriate to your eld Grade Sheet You must attach this sheet to the end of your paper 10 pts Title page 30 pts Abstract 15 pts Figures and tables 25 pts Article format 100 pts Article content Your paper content Will be graded based on the following criteria 0 Accuracy ie use of accurate info etc 0 Audience Appropriateness e g appropriate information included for audience appropriate terminology used 0 Clarity amp Conciseness of writing ie lack of contradictory illogical unclear statements sentences understood on first reading wordiness is not a problem etc 0 Grammar ie grammar spelling word usage capitalization abbreViations etc 0 Organization ie within paragraphs among paragraphs use of transitions etc 0 Use of Sources ie Appropriate sources attribution paraphrasing etc 0 Tone appropriate tone for audience and for article type 20 pts Reference list Total points out of 200 possible