Research and Evidence in Practice


HHLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice – Research Report
Research Report (20%)
Week 12 – Sunday at 11:59pm
(Australian Eastern Time)
What is the Research Report?
This task is designed to help you develop your skills in analysing data and interpreting both descriptive and inferential statistics.
Based on the scenario below you will briefly discuss the validity and reliability of a measurement instrument; report on and
interpret the statistical analysis of a data set; summarise the findings; and finally identify limitations of the study and suggest
alternative approaches for future studies.
The word limit for this task is 600 words (+/- 10%). You should complete your report using the template provided on Moodle.
No cover page is required. Answers must be written in a paragraph – no dot points. Use APA style conventions for both
referencing and formatting (eg double line spacing, indent first line of each paragraph). A minimum of three (3)
credible
references, must be provided to support your answers where appropriate.
What resources do I need to complete this assessment?
Scenario and Data Set: see next page
Research Report Spreadsheet: Available on the RAE Moodle in Assessment > Research Report > Resources: Research
Report.
Research Report Template: Available on the RAE Moodle in Assessment > Research Report > Resources: Research
Report.
Submission: Via the assignment submission box in the RAE Moodle in Assessment > Research Report > Submit: Research Report.
This is a 2-step process:
Step 1 Upload (document can be edited), Step 2 Submit (document can no longer edited). You must
complete both steps for your work to be graded. Your final submission must made be before the due date – End of Week 12,
Sunday 11:59pm (Australian Eastern Time).
Originality:
It is expected that the report you submit is entirely your own work. You may discuss the report with other students
and your teacher while you are developing your understanding of the task. However, the report you submit must be an
individual and original piece of
your own work. Please review the LTCA Academic Integrity Module for further details and
guidance on this matter.
Please note, significant penalties apply for breaches of Academic Integrity.
Marking:
Marks will be awarded for each question based upon the completeness of the answer i.e. a complete answer – full
marks, a partially correct answer – part of the marks, and an incorrect answer – no marks. Grades will be released 2 weeks from
the due date of submission. This timeframe allows for marking of all assignments and re-marking of any assignment that
receives a score of less than 50%. If your assignment has been re-marked this will be indicated on the paper.
Penalties: Late submissions will be penalised 5% of the total marks available for every day after the due date and time. After
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Penalties for work that has had no prior approved extension will be calculated as follows:
Within 24 hours after the due date and time: subtract 5%
Within 48 hours after the due date and time: subtract 10%
Within 72 hours after the due date and time: subtract 15%
Within 96 hours after the due date and time: subtract 20%
Within 120 hours after the due date and time: subtract 25%
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HHLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice – Research Report
Scenario and Data Set:
Scenario: We are consistently informed by research studies, (and even the media), that daily physical activity has many positive
benefits for physical health, but can such activity also have a positive impact on our metal health? In a bid to increase
community awareness about the benefits of daily exercise for improved mental health, BeyondBlue has asked your team to help
them review some of the research in this area and analyse some data measuring the number of hours per week a person
engages in exercise and their score on a depression scale, to provide evidence that this is indeed the case. Your analysis will help
BeyondBlue write a grant to obtain Government funding to develop an advertising campaign for television and social media.
Dataset details: 30 participants recorded their average hours of exercise each week for 6 weeks. Participants also completed the
self-administered Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II) on one occasion at the end of the 6-week period.
Groups: One Group of Participants
Measure 1: Mean number of hours of exercise (per week).
Measure 2: Beck Depression Inventory (BDI – II) score

Participant Hours BDI-II score
1 13 9
2 2 23
3 4 15
4 11.5 7
5 15 4
6 1 26
7 9 11
8 11 6
9 13 7
10 3 24
11 2.5 20
12 7 14
13 4.5 25
14 3 15
15 5 13
16 0.5 28
17 10 5
18 1.5 19
19 12 2
20 18 1
21 6.5 16
22 17 7
23 8 3
24 9.5 8
25 12.5 5
26 5.5 11
27 2.5 15
28 4 14
29 1 4
30 3.2 1

HHLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice – Research Report

MATERIALS (Approximately 200 words):
What this measure is used for? 1 mark
Characteristics of the measure, for example:
Number of items (questions)
Type of items (e.g. The measure uses a scale from X to X, where a low score indicates X and high
score indicates
X)
What a high or low score on the scale means in terms of the construct it is measuring
2 marks
Review available research that has reported on the validity and reliability of the measure and provide a
summary of this
3 marks
RESULTS (Approximately 200 words):
Enter the data provided above into the excel spreadsheet and generate a graph and results for your study.
Copy and paste a screen shot of the completed spreadsheet to your written report.
1 mark
For each of the following statistics briefly report what information it provides:
Mean
Standard deviation
Confidence interval
r value
P value
1 mark
1 mark
1 mark
1 mark
1 mark
Provide a brief explanation of the results 3 marks
DISCUSSION (Approximately 200 words):
Provide suggestions as to how BeyondBlue should incorporate these results into a grant application to
obtain Government funding to develop an advertising campaign for television and social media.
2 marks
Briefly describe two limitations to this study and provide suggestions as to how they could be rectified in a
subsequent study.
3 marks

 

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