## Description

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

Final Report

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

Evaluation

All categories will be evaluated during this project. There are three components to the

evaluation: Research, Final Report and Presentation.

Topic

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.

Deadlines

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

Project mark.

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

Final Presentation

**Note: Presentation schedule will be determined closer to the due date

Final Report of Investigation

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Process

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

particular question

2) Progress Update #1: Project Proposal (5% of mark)

Clearly state your thesis question. If it helps, use the format: “Is there a relationship

between….”

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

printed form.

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:

E-Stat http://www.statcan.ca/english/Estat/licence.htm

Statistics Canada http://www.statcan.ca/menu-en.htm

Websites that compare various attribute measurements between countries.

NationMaster.com http://www.nationmaster.com/index.php

Central Intelligence Agency –

The World Factbook

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html

Sample Projects:

http://www.brocku.ca/cmt/mdm4u/asprojects/index.html

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

on)

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.

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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

conclusions.

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.

REMEMBER!!

This is a STATISTICS project – your focus at every point should be on the NUMBER, GRAPHS and

YOUR CALCULATIONS!!!

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