The scientific method

The scientific method provides standardized steps to follow when conducting research. Following the steps of the scientific method, in order, can ensure that the data obtained is as valid, reliable, and accurate as possible. Sometimes, however, a researcher might be tempted to not do each step or to not do the steps in order. A researcher might be eager to analyze data and not wait until all data is collected before running analyses. Or, a researcher might collect data on a topic without first forming a specific question and hypothesis.

Choose a topic of interest. You can use the same topic you used for Unit 4 and Unit 5 Learning Activities (it is recommended but not required to do this).

Discuss what would happen if you (1) collected data before forming a question/hypothesis, (2) ran analyses before data collection was complete, and (3) drew conclusions before collecting data.

Explain how to conduct a single factor experimental study of this topic that uses the scientific method to improve upon above issues. Be sure to directly state what the steps of the scientific method are.

Discuss one other area of possible bias or error and how use of the scientific method could help to work around this issue.

Your paper should be 3–5 pages. Submit your Assignment to the Unit 6: Dropbox: Assignment.

Writing Requirements

Your Assignment should include:

  • Cover page (provide your name, title of Assignment, course and unit number, and date)

  • Body (3-5 pages)

  • Reference list

Assignment Guidelines:

  • Sources in APA format (You must use your text and 2 additional sources)

  • Times New Roman 12 point font, Double-spaced

  • Written adhering to the guidelines of Standard American English. This means that your thoughts should be well-organized, logical, and unified as well as original with the viewpoint and purpose clearly established and sustained. Standard American English guidelines also include the use of correct grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.

  • Written in APA Formatting and Citation style

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