1. Be able to design research given a scenario. For example: You decide to study the effects of distracted driving on attention. Design the study. Two groups? More than two? Repeated measures? Counterbalancing? Factorial? Identify IV’s, DV’s, CV’s. State the hypothesis/purpose. Give complete rationale, explanation.
2. Be able to identify IV’s, DV’s and come up with potential control variables (extraneous variables) that need to be controlled in any given study.
Researchers are interested in whether or not Incontinence in the elderly can be cured without drugs.
IV would be various non-medical intervention treatments, DV is amount or degree of incontinence – maybe weigh the depends diapers every two hours, confounds might be age – so maybe match subjects or use age as another IV, gender also because males and females may differ in degree of incontinence at same ages, availability of bathroom facilities (if in a nursing home it may be down the hall, while in home care it may be a private bath off the bedroom, or some places may have better nursing care than other places).