The Culminating Project is a research assignment on statistics in which students will collect data,
analyze the data and present a report on their findings. This is a very large project, and students
must work on it for several months. While some class time will be allotted for the project
throughout the semester, students will be spending the vast majority of their time working on it
outside of class time.
Components of the Project
Collection of data on a topic of your choice
Analysis of the data and related research
Presentation of results
Your Presentation should consist of the following components:
o Introduction to topic and explanation of the issues and relevant research
o Presentation of the data
o Your analysis of the data combined with related findings from other research
o Conclusion, limitations of your conclusion and avenues of further study
All categories will be evaluated during this project. There are three components to the
evaluation: Research, Final Report and Presentation.
Students may choose their own topics, but they should be intrinsically interesting.
No two students may have the same topic.
The teacher has the right to turn down a student’s choice of topic.
Throughout the semester, students will meet with the teacher to update him/her on the progress
of the research. Progress Reports will be evaluated and will contribute to one’s final Culminating
To Be Handed In Due Date
Submit a topic
Progress Update #1: Project Proposal
Progress Update #2: Presentation of Data
Progress Update #3: Data Analysis
Progress Update #4: Presentation Plan
**Note: Presentation schedule will be determined closer to the due date
Final Report of Investigation
1) Determine your topic
First, develop a question or series of questions – choose a topic that interests you and that you
feel you will be able to collect data on.
Once you choose your question or series of questions, you should come up with a hypothesis
for what you think the answer to each question will be.
Make sure you back up your hypothesis with reasoning relevant to the social context of your
2) Progress Update #1: Project Proposal (5% of mark)
Clearly state your thesis question. If it helps, use the format: “Is there a relationship
Clearly state your hypothesis (i.e. what you predict the answer to your question will be)
Cite the sources you have already found for your project. Your sources may be online or in
You should include sources where you have found raw data for your project (i.e.
Statistics Canada, Nationmaster, etc.) AND sources for related research (i.e. studies
performed by someone else that relate to your research question/hypothesis).
Use a recognized format to cite sources properly (i.e. APA, MLA, etc. Easybib.com is a
helpful website to cite sources properly).
Useful Internet Data Resources
Websites that contain data on various attributes of the Canadian population:
Statistics Canada http://www.statcan.ca/menu-en.htm
Websites that compare various attribute measurements between countries.
Central Intelligence Agency –
The World Factbook
3) Progress Update #2: Presentation of Data (5% of mark)
Collect data from a valid secondary source (i.e. educational books, magazines, or websites
such as Statistics Canada). Primary data (i.e collected through your own, unbiased survey)
may be included if you choose, but only to supplement your secondary sources.
Aim for 500 – 1000 pieces of raw data (discuss with your teacher based on what your study is
All of the data should be raw (i.e. just numbers). This means no charts, graphs, summary
statistics or conclusions from another source.
Organize your data using meaningful tables.
4) Progress Update #3: Data Analysis (5% of mark)
Organize your data using a variety of graphs.
Graphs and tables should be formatted so that they are easy to read and understand (i.e. label
the axes, title the graph, remove any unnecessary legends, etc.)
Look for trends in your data and confirm these trends using statistics.
Your analysis should include one-variable statistics (studied in Chapter 2) AND two-variable
statistics (studied in Chapter 3). (Include standard deviation, variance, line of best fit (linear
regression), correlation coefficient or coefficient of determination, etc,)
You should do your calculations using technology (i.e. Excel), so there is no need to show all
of your calculation steps. You should, however, ensure that you are applying the correct
kind of statistical analysis to your data (linear or exponential, etc.).
5) Progress Update #4: Summary of Findings and Presentation Plan (10% of mark)
Study the results from your analysis and develop a conclusion with a logical argument. Your
conclusion should be based on the statistics you calculated.
Develop a written outline for your presentation. You should include a description of each
graph you intend to show and what you will say about it, and a breakdown of which group
member will discuss each topic.
6) Final Presentation (25% of mark)
Create a Powerpoint presentation summarizing your research and findings.
The presentation should outline your research question, data, statistical analysis and
Your presentation is expected to be 10 -15 minutes long.
7) Final Report (50% of mark)
Write a final report taking into account all your research, analysis and any feedback
based on your presentation. See FINAL REPORT section for more information.
This is a STATISTICS project – your focus at every point should be on the NUMBER, GRAPHS and