The purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to run an experiment of your own and follow the full process of running an experiment. You may choose any topic that you like to perform an experiment on, as long as you are not taking unnecessary risks in conducting the experiment. Experiments should not be run on animals or people, and should satisfy the following rules for nil/negligible risk research (otherwise you would be required to apply for Ethics approval through the UTS Human/Animal Research Ethics Committee)
Stage 1 – Planning the Experiment
- What are the specic objectives of the experiment?
- Which factors are likely to be in influential?
- Which of these factors will you include in the experiment and allow to take on dierent values?
- What values can they take?
- Which of these factors will you hold constant during the experiment? At what level for each one?
- What characteristics will you measure?
- Will you measure the experimental units or smaller observational units?
- How will you do the measurements?
- What limits exist in terms of units? time? materials
- Choose a rule by which to assign experimental units to the treatment factors
- Specify the measurements to be made, the experimental procedure, and the anticipated diculties
- Specify the model
- Outline the analysis
- Calculate the number of observations needed