Professor Amanda Sesko
PART 1: Ethics training
In order to work with human subjects data it is best practice to have gone through ethics training. I cannot give you the data unless you have completed this training. You are to complete a training through CITI. At the end you will get a certificate. Save this certificate and upload it along with your paper for part 2 (use separate attachments all in one submission).
Link to CITI and instructions: https://www.washington.edu/research/hsd/training/required-training/web-based-citi-training/
Other things to take note on:
- They will ask you what your role in the research is. You can indicate “Student Researcher—Undergraduate”
- They will ask you why you are completing this training. You can indicate “I am registering to take a CITI course for the first time” as well as “a student involved in an undergraduate methods course.” This will get you two course to complete—the introduction course and a student’s course. Note that as you go through them and take the quizzes, you have to have a certain percentage to pass. If you don’t pass it, you can just take it again right away (study the correct answers—they will give them to you).
- They will ask you what type of research it is. It is “Research with Human Subjects.”
PART 2: Writing-up the methods
This assignment is meant to get you started on the methods portion for the course project paper. NOTE: I recommend writing this up as you would for your final paper. In other words, turn in a polished draft (do not answer the questions in this document) of the following questions. See the final paper assignment for more details on these sections.
End of introduction section (bottom of the inverted triangle :
- What is the “gaping hole” that we address in the course project? Note, do not say “gaping hole” but instead summarize what you reviewed in your introduction, highlighting what hasn’t been done.
- Give a summary of study so that your readers have enough information to understand the following predictions.
- What are we predicting? Note: Since it is an experimental design, talk in terms of main effects and interactions. If we also predict a correlation between measures then discuss this in terms of pos/neg relationships between variables. Attach a graph of our predictions to the end of this assignment in a Figures section. Note: For your final paper you will be graphing the data, not the predictions, but I want you to start thinking about it here.
Methods section (fill in the following using APA format):
Participants and design
Who are the participants? What is the design, are participants compensated for participation, etc.? See APA, checklists, and other posted information on what to include here. (Note: Leave blanks for demographic data that you will include after we get it; Participants from the undergraduate research pool will receive extra credit, participants you collect will not be compensated.)
What did participants do? Explain in detail the procedures and materials going in chronological order of what participants go through. What materials are we using? Give example items if it is a scale, and the scale with endpoints. This should be written in past tense (e.g., participants completed the following scales…). See APA, checklists, and other posted information on what to include here.