IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING WORD LIMIT REQUIREMENTS:
Please note that each and every assignment has its own word limit.
The purpose of this assignment is to practice organizing data through ordering and grouping variables.
Data often appear disordered and it is difficult to see any connections or relationships. Ordering the data by certain variables or grouping variables into specific categories, such as age or sex categories, can help bring clarity to the data. Knowing how to organize data is an important skill to initiate the analytical process.
For this assignment, students will use Excel and SPSS Statistics to order variables. Using the “Example Dataset,” complete the steps below using both Excel and SPSS Statistics. View the Excel and SPSS tutorials for assistance in completing this assignment. Submit one Word document and include a screen shot of the data after completing the first two steps of Part 1 in Excel and SPSS to compare your results. Use a second Word document to complete Part 2 of the assignment.
Part 1: Ordering and Grouping Data Using Excel and SPSS
For Part 1, accomplish the following:
- Order (sort) observations according to age.
- Group observations by sex and investigate the age and income for males and females.
- Create a new variable titled “Exercise Group” based on the variable “Minutes Exercise.” Use the following categories to create your groups: 1 = 0-30 minutes; 2 = 31-60 minutes; 3 = 61-90 minutes; 4 = 91-120 minutes; and 5 = 120+ minutes.
Part 2: Data Interpretation
Study the results of the dataset grouping and ordering. Discuss the following in a 500-750 word summary:
- Describe the measurement levels for each of the variables in the dataset.
- Discuss what you learned from ordering the data by age and why this information is important.
- Describe the process you used to group the data in Excel and SPSS.
- Describe what you learned by grouping the variables by category of exercise.
- Are these data from a correlational study, experimental study, or quasi-experimental (observational) study? Discuss your rationale and identify a study question appropriate for this dataset.
You are required to cite at least FIVE sources to complete this assignment. Sources must be published within the last 5 years and appropriate for the discussion question criteria and public health content.
Submit the Word document to the instructor.
Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is not required.
While APA style is required, solid academic writing is expected as well, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines.
This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
PLEASE make sure APA citation and permalink for articles are complete and correct.
PLEASE add the links/sites below to the reference list if you use any of these readings and make sure everything is in proper APA format.
Read Chapters 1-3 in Using and Interpreting Statistics: A Practical Text for the Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences.
For assistance with using Excel software, use the “Excel Training: Add and Format Tables” video library located on the Microsoft website.
For assistance with using Excel software, use the “Excel Training: Add and Format Charts” video library located on the Microsoft website.
For assistance with using Excel software, use the “Excel Training: Excel for Mac Tips” video library located on the Microsoft website.
View “The Human Insights Missing From Big Data,” by Wang (2016), located on the TED website
View “Data Entry” from the SPSS Tutorials media.
View the following terms in The Visual Learner: Statistics media.
- Continuous Data
- Discrete Data
- Interval Level
- Ordinal Data
- Nominal Data
For assistance with using the IBM SPSS software, use the IBM SPSS Statistics Base 24, located on the IBM website.
Read “Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Data in Mixed Methods Research – Challenges and Benefits,” by Almalki, from Journal of Education and Learning (2016).
Read “Pathways to Malaria Persistence in Remote Central Vietnam: A Mixed Method Study of Health Care and the Community,” by Morrow, Nguyen, Curuana, Biggs, Doan, and Nong, from BMC Public Health (2009).
Read “10 Best Resources on…Mixed Methods Research in Health Systems,” by Ozawa and Pongpirul, from Health Policy Plan (2014).
Read “A General Inductive Approach for Analyzing Qualitative Evaluation Data,” by Thomas, from American Journal of Evaluation (2006).
Read “Guidance for Using Mixed Methods Design in Nursing Practice Research,” by Chiang-Hanisko, Newman, Dyess, Duangporn, and Liehr, from Applied Nursing Research (2016).
Read “Mapping the Developing Landscape of Mixed Methods Research,” by Creswell, from SAGE Handbook of Mixed Methods in Social and Behavioral Research (2010).
Microsoft Excel and SPSS Statistics will be used to complete some of the case study assignments for this course. To access these programs, you must first install Citrix on your computer.
To install Citrix, follow the procedure provided in the “Citrix Receiver Instructions.”
After Citrix has been installed on your computer, you may access Microsoft Excel and SPSS Statistics at https://myapps.gcu.edu. Select the specific software from the menu to gain access to it.
Use the “Example Dataset” to complete the topic assignment.
MUST 2000-2250 WORDS,have at least 6 citations with the page numbers and 6 references in APA format.(The List of References should not be older than 2016 and should not be included in the word count.)
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.
It is important that you cover all the topics identified in the assignment. Covering the topic does not mean mentioning the topic BUT presenting an explanation from the context of ethics and the readings for this class
To get maximum points you need to follow the requirements listed for this assignments 1) look at the word/page limits 2) review and follow APA rules 3) create subheadings to identify the key sections you are presenting and 4) Free from typographical and sentence construction errors.
REMEMBER IN APA FORMAT JOURNAL TITLES AND VOLUME NUMBERS ARE ITALICIZED.