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RESEARCH EVALUATION (please read carefully the instructions and this assessment no reference required,thanks) 30% OF UNIT GRADE Due Date: 5pm Wed 30 April 2014 Word count: 1500 (+/- 10%) Choose the three options; Newspoll report, SNS study or mobile news study. You are free to choose any one of the three options regardless of your major or specialist degree. Once you select your choice, you must complete the assessment by reading the research report and reviewing the methodology. Please use the following file format: last name_first name_ tutorial group number.doc/docx when submitting on Moodle. Your report should be typed in Times New Roman 12pt double-spaced and saved as an MS-Word document. The first page should include the following information; Student Name: Your full name Student ID: uXXXXXX Word Count: XXXX Chosen option: Newspoll, SNS, Mobile news (select one) Tutorial group number: information available on moodle Tutor’s name: information available on moodle Keep in mind that the paper should not be a summary of the article but an analytical evaluation of the methodology. Incorrect observations or analyses will be marked down. Students are responsible for uploading the correct documents on time. Once you upload your assignment on Moodle, you should check to make sure that your report was submitted. No special consideration will be made for computer-related technical issues. ‘Newspoll’ newspaper report from The Australian (available on Moodle under the menu ‘Research evaluation’) Use only this news story and the accompanying tabled data. Evaluate the news story and its conclusions from a methodological perspective. The main questions asked will be; how did the researchers collect data, what data did they collect, when did they collect data, why did they collect these data and not others? How do you evaluate their methodological approach? Your focus should be on the methodology, the analysis and what the story reports or does not report. Use only the news story as presented on Moodle. You need no other information. No references required. SNS option (available on e-reserve) Kross E, Verduyn P, Demiralp E, Park J, Lee DS, et al. (2013) Facebook use predicts declines in subjective well-being in young adults. PLoS ONE, 8(8), e69841. Use only this article. Evaluate the paper and its conclusions from a methodological perspective. The main questions asked will be; how did the researchers collect data, what data did they collect, when did they collect data, why did they collect these data and not others? How do you evaluate their methodological approach? Your focus should be on the methodology, the analysis and what the study contains and does not contain. Use only the journal paper as presented on Moodle. You need no other information. No references required. Mobile news option (available on e-reserve) Page 18 of 21 Chan-Olmsted, S., Rim, H., & Zerba, A. (2012). Mobile news adoption among young adults: Examining the roles of perceptions, news consumption, and media usage, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 90(1), 126-147. Use only this article. Evaluate the paper and its conclusions from a methodological perspective. The main questions asked will be; how did the researchers collect data, what data did they collect, when did they collect data, why did they collect these data and not others? How do you evaluate their methodological approach and its limitations? Your focus should be on the methodology, the analysis and what the study contains and does not contain. Use only the journal paper as presented on Moodle. You need no other information. No references required. Assessment Criteria: This assessment supports unit Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4; and Generic Skills 1 to 5 inclusive o Evidence of understanding research methodologies, methods and techniques, as discussed in textbook readings, lectures and tutorials; o Your knowledge of the application of methodologies, methods and research design; o Evidence of critical awareness of the strengths and limitations of research design; and o Your ability to evaluate the strength & weaknesses of a research report.

RESEARCH EVALUATION (please read carefully the instructions and this assessment no reference required,thanks)
30% OF UNIT GRADE
Due Date: 5pm Wed 30 April 2014
Word count: 1500 (+/- 10%)
Choose the three options; Newspoll report, SNS study or mobile news study. You are free to choose any one of the three options regardless of your major or specialist degree. Once you select your choice, you must complete the assessment by reading the research report and reviewing the methodology.
Please use the following file format: last name_first name_ tutorial group number.doc/docx when submitting on Moodle. Your report should be typed in Times New Roman 12pt double-spaced and saved as an MS-Word document. The first page should include the following information;
Student Name: Your full name
Student ID: uXXXXXX
Word Count: XXXX
Chosen option: Newspoll, SNS, Mobile news (select one)
Tutorial group number: information available on moodle
Tutor’s name: information available on moodle
Keep in mind that the paper should not be a summary of the article but an analytical evaluation of the methodology. Incorrect observations or analyses will be marked down.
Students are responsible for uploading the correct documents on time. Once you upload your assignment on Moodle, you should check to make sure that your report was submitted. No special consideration will be made for computer-related technical issues.

‘Newspoll’ newspaper report from The Australian (available on Moodle under the menu ‘Research evaluation’)
Use only this news story and the accompanying tabled data. Evaluate the news story and its conclusions from a methodological perspective. The main questions asked will be; how did the researchers collect data, what data did they collect, when did they collect data, why did they collect these data and not others? How do you evaluate their methodological approach? Your focus should be on the methodology, the analysis and what the story reports or does not report. Use only the news story as presented on Moodle. You need no other information. No references required.

SNS option (available on e-reserve)
Kross E, Verduyn P, Demiralp E, Park J, Lee DS, et al. (2013) Facebook use predicts declines in subjective well-being in young adults. PLoS ONE, 8(8), e69841.
Use only this article. Evaluate the paper and its conclusions from a methodological perspective. The main questions asked will be; how did the researchers collect data, what data did they collect, when did they collect data, why did they collect these data and not others? How do you evaluate their methodological approach? Your focus should be on the methodology, the analysis and what the study contains and does not contain. Use only the journal paper as presented on Moodle. You need no other information. No references required.

Mobile news option (available on e-reserve) Page 18 of 21 Chan-Olmsted, S., Rim, H., & Zerba, A. (2012). Mobile news adoption among young adults: Examining the roles of perceptions, news consumption, and media usage, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 90(1), 126-147.
Use only this article. Evaluate the paper and its conclusions from a methodological perspective. The main questions asked will be; how did the researchers collect data, what data did they collect, when did they collect data, why did they collect these data and not others? How do you evaluate their methodological approach and its limitations? Your focus should be on the methodology, the analysis and what the study contains and does not contain. Use only the journal paper as presented on Moodle. You need no other information. No references required.

Assessment Criteria:
This assessment supports unit Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4; and Generic Skills 1 to 5 inclusive
o Evidence of understanding research methodologies, methods and techniques, as discussed in textbook readings, lectures and tutorials;
o Your knowledge of the application of methodologies, methods and research design;
o Evidence of critical awareness of the strengths and limitations of research design; and
o Your ability to evaluate the strength & weaknesses of a research report.

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