# MN 503 Assignment

Assignment

Statistical assessment of two research reports

1. Examine two research articles      which incorporate a statistical analysis discussed in this course but not      previously examined in your submission of activity 1 or 2.
2. Briefly summarize and report on      each statistic and discuss whether the assumptions of each test were met      and if the type of data was appropriate for each statistical test.
3. Include the following sections      in your paper:
Section 1 – a review of the data analysis:
Provide a discussion of the following elements:
1. What is the problem or question(s) this research concerns?
2. Give a brief overview of how the data were collected.

3. What is the source of data? (I.e., questionnaire, physiological data, existing statistical information, etc.). In some studies there are two or more sources of data.

4. List the independent and dependent variables

5. Discuss sample size estimation. Consider the following

1. Was a power analysis conducted?
2. Was the sample size appropriate      for the statistical test? Why or why not?

6. Describe the statistic used to measure the hypotheses/ research questions.

1. How is this appropriate?
2. How were assumptions met?
3. Is the level of measurement      appropriate? Why or why not?

7. Discuss how the data were displayed (i.e. graphs, tables)

1. Were these appropriate? Why or      why not?

Section II Data analysis Evaluation:

What did the data analysis show?

What conclusions were drawn by the authors?

Do you agree or disagree with the conclusions? Why or why not?

Were the study limitations discussed? What were the limitations if any? How did the authors deal with the limitations?

Give your overall evaluations of the methods used in this article, including a discussion of the following questions:

• What things were done well?
• What were done poorly?
• How much trust do you put in      the findings?

Section III: Understanding the Data:

1. Provide a discussion of the      usefulness of each study to your nursing peers.
2. What might they think of the      study?
3. What might they find confusing?
4. What aspects of the studies      might they question?
5. Summarize why you think the      studies do or do not provide sufficient evidence to change practice.
6. Summarize your thoughts related      to the usefulness of the statistics.

7. Your paper must be composed using Microsoft® Word® and must be typed in Times New Roman, font size 12. This and all papers should be written in APA format and follow standard rules of grammar and formatting. 10-12 pages excluding cover page and references are required.

8. When your paper is complete, save as a Word document, and upload to the Dropbox basket: Unit 9 Assignment.

9. A rubric for this and all assignments can be found in the Grading Rubrics section of the Course Home.

10. How to Submit

11. When you are ready to submit your assignment, click the Dropbox tab and select this unit’s basket from the drop-down menu, then attach your file. Make sure to save a copy of the assignment you submit.

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