You have a solid plan to draw your sample (using probability methods of course) and gigantic grant to fund the whole project. What are the key variables that you intend to study? More specifically what is the primary independent variable and the primary dependent variable and what the key control variables do you need to measure and include? In answering the question you should walk me through the important stages of measurement ranging from conceptualization to operationalization of variables. Additionally in describing your variables and how you’ve conceptualized and operationalized them you need to clearly indicate the level of measurement utilized and why that decision matters for your study. Finally how will you know if your measures are reliable and valid? How will you test that empirically? 2). Ethics and ethical commitments among scientists are critical considerations when carrying out research. What are the ethical obligations of scientists regarding data collection and analysis? Why is this critical to the advancement of science? Identify the four major problem areas regarding the ethical treatment of human subjects. How are subjects’ rights protected by scientists in each of these areas? Short Response (Please choose two and only two questions to answer. Each answer is worth a total of 25 Points) 1). Briefly define and explain the concept of quasi-experimental designs. How are they similar to experiments and what are the key differences (what are the hallmark features that distinguish experimental from non-experimental or quasi-experimental designs and why does that matter for causal inferences)? 2). Name define and explain the various types of reliability and validity measures typically utilized by social scientists. 3). What are some of the most common and widely accessed datasets and measures of crime/victimization in society that researchers often utilize? How are they (the data) compiled? What the specific pros and cons of each dataset? CJ 602 Exam Grading Rubric Criteria Components Points Possible Essay Questions: Introductory Paragraph Includes clear re-statement of the question to be answered; Identifies/outlines topics to be covered in the essay questions. 15 Literature Review Provides thorough response to each component of the essay question—addressing each part of the question fully and directly. 175 Summary Concluding Paragraph Clearly summarizes the content of the answer and concludes the essay. 5 Appropriate Citation Appropriately cites material from the course as well as outside materials where appropriate. Additionally includes a formatted reference page which accords with APA guidelines. 5 Short Answer Questions Responses will be no more than two paragraphs while addressing each component of the question (as well as appropriate citations in accordance with Essay Questions) 25 (x’s 2) Total 250 Requirements: 1-2 ‘
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