The final project is about combining the topics we’ve learned throughout
the semester. Simply, it is an article, written with a short
introduction (just to give information on the data and research
questions), a methods section (describing how you will answer those
research questions with methods from 3 of the 4 units), a results
section (describing the results from the methods), and a short
discussion tying the results back to the research questions. My hope is
that this will act as a guide for future you.
- At least one method from 3 of the 4 units: the method must be a
general method from the unit (e.g., a method from unit 1 could be
simple regression, unit 2 regression with multicategorical
predictors, unit 3 could be polynomial or interactions in a
- A structure like an article in your field (generally introduction,
methods, results, discussion).
- Clear, accurate interpretations of the results in light of your
- Can I use the data from my previous homework assignments? Yes. You
can even use the same methods from the homework but will need to
interpret them in the correct format (i.e., as a paper and not a
- Can I use this as a paper for another class or another project? Yes,
as long as it meets the requirements for the final project.
- Does it need to meet all of the requirements? Yes. The requirements
are plenty flexible for you to run the analyses within the context
of your research.
- When is it due? Usually the day we would have had a final exam.
- Does it need to be APA format? No, but it is best if you write it
according to the guidelines of journals you’d like to publish in.