The final research paper is due on or before 05/04/14. The submission link will close on 05/04/14 at 11:59 PM. However, you
may complete and turn in your research paper any time after the midterm exam. To submit click on “view/complete” at the
bottom of this page.
Final Research Paper Instructions:
Select one program housed in one of the following agencies (Federal or State) and set up a quasi-experimental designed
research protocol using secondary data to perform your research.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or Texas Environmental Quality Commission (TEQC)
Department of Homeland Sercuity (DHS)
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services or Texas Department of Human Health and Social Services
State/Federal Agency or Non-Profited Organization where you are employed
Once you have determined the program(s) that you will be researching, explore journals, news blogs, census bureau, GAO,
selected agency(ies) website to obtain resourceful information (i.e., data sets collected by Federal/State agency, etc).
You are expected to include all parts of the body of the paper (see outline of the research paper); however in the section
discussion & finding you are to include some of the statistical operations covered this semester:
Determination of frequency distribution and cumulative frequency distribution ( including graphical examples)
Measure of central tendency (mean, median, mode)
Measure of dispersion (standard deviation, symmetrical & asymmetrical distribution (skewness)
Normal and binomial probability distribution (z scores)
A causal explanation (cause and effect) of your research findings.
Formatting of the Paper:
The body of the paper is to be 8-10 pages in length,
Seven of the 8-10 pages must be text only (this is minus cover sheet, abstract, table of content, tables, bibliography,
The remaining 1-3 pages is to be used for your statistical calculation, tables, graphs, data sets, or any non-text
information crucial to the research paper, which can be included in the body of the paper.
If you have more than 3 pages of non-text information include it in a Roman numeral labeled appendix (statistical
calculation, tables, graphs, data sets, pictures).
Further formatting of the paper is to be as follows: Times New Roman size 12 font, 2.0 spaces (double-spaced), 1” margins.
Also, include a cover sheet, table of contents, APA style citations (in the body of the paper) and APA style bibliography. A
few pictures and graphs may be included in the body, but will not substitute for text. If you have a large number of pictures
and graphs place them in a Roman numeral labeled appendix.