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1 Draft IRPSummary:In the Independent Research Project (IRP), students conduct an analysis project using SAS primarily and Excel as needed to analyze real-world data.In the first assignment (IRP Research Question and Data Set), you identified the data set you wanted to use, developed a research question, and identified a statistical question that could be answered analytically.In this assignment, you will create and submit a business memo (template attached) that clearly communicates your analysis of the data set you identified in the previous assignment. When you submit this draft of your IRP, you will get feedback from your classmates and your instructor. You should use this feedback to improve your IRP.In later assignments (IRP Memorandum, IRP Presentation, Presentation Questions Reply), you will submit the final version of your IRP, create and submit a PowerPoint presentation that summarizes your IRP, present your analysis via a recorded video presentation, and answer questions about your presentation.AttachmentsIRP Template 2018.docxIRP Draft (2)CriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeUse of software tools10.0 ptsGood8.0 ptsFair0.0 ptsInadequate10.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeData Display15.0 ptsGood12.0 ptsFair0.0 ptsInadequate15.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnalysis Procedure25.0 ptsGood20.0 ptsFair0.0 ptsInadequate25.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeData Analysis Conclusion20.0 ptsGood16.0 ptsFair0.0 ptsInadequate20.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeRecommended Actions20.0 ptsGood16.0 ptsFair0.0 ptsInadequate20.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDecision Approach10.0 ptsGood8.0 ptsFair0.0 ptsInadequate10.0 ptsTotal Points: 100.02 IRP PresentationUpload your IRP PowerPoint presentation to this assignment.You only have four minutes, so be concise and careful with your language.Use the PowerPoint Narration tool for your slides, even if you present face to face, it is good practice.Attachments: IRP Presentation TemplateIS 3310 Presentation Rubric Fall 2018 v2CriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContentInformation on slides reflects understanding and effective summarization. Information has not simply been copied and pasted from another IRP memo. Information is presented in logical sequence/structure.60.0to >35.0 ptsGoodAll essential elements needed to explain the analyiss and decision are present.35.0to >10.0 ptsAdequateMissing an essential element that explains the analysis and recommendation.10.0to >0 ptsInadequateTwo or more essential elements needed to understand the analysis are missing.60.0ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDesignEasy to read, good color choices, no eye charts. Appropriate use of charts, graphs, and images to effectively communicate to the audience.15.0to >13.0 ptsGoodGreat design, color choice. Appropriate charts, graphs, tables, etc. are used in the presentation to promote the narrative.13.0to >10.0ptsAdequateSome charts, graphs, tables, etc. are used in the presentation to promote the narrative.10.0to >0 ptsInadequatePoor use of images, tables, etc. to explain the analysis and recommendation.15.0ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeUse of language (Grammar and Word Choice)Presentation is free of spelling and grammatical errors10.0 ptsGoodNo noticeable errors apparent in the presentation.10.0to >0 ptsInadequateOne ore more grammar, spelling, or obvious factual errors that a good proofreading of the presentation should have caught.10.0ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePresentationPresenter spoke clearly and slowly enough to be heard by the audience. Presenter effectively communicated their recommendation based on their analysis.15.0 ptsVery good.Clear, well spoken, not rushed. Presenation was organized logically, and effectively communicated the presenter’s recommendation.10.0 ptsAveragePresenation was understandable, but was rushed and not logically arranged.5.0 ptsCould be betterThe speaker was hard to understand, rushed through the presentation, are had annoying habits that made following the15.0pts3 IRP MemorandumIn this Independent Research Project (IRP), students provide a business decision recommendation using SAS primarily and Excel as needed to obtain real world data. The student will create and submit a business report that clearly communicates a recommendation based on their analysis of the data set that includes an analysis of different courses of action using weighted factors. The students will also create a Power Point presentation that summarizes their IRP and present their analysis live, via video-teleconference or as a recorded video presentation. The student will also answer questions about their presentation.DELIVERABLE:ATTACH:IRP MEMORANDUM TEMPLATEIRP Memo Final (3)IRP Memo Final (3)CriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSalutationIdentify the audience for this IRP3.0 ptsGoodDate, From, To lines correct.1.0 ptsFairOne or more items incorrect.0.0 ptsInadequateTwo or more items incorrect.3.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSubject LineShould relate to the topic, be interesting.3.0 ptsGoodSubject line is relevant and informative.1.0 ptsFairSubject line is not relevant to the IRP.0.0 ptsInadequateSubject line does is not informative.3.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroductionSummary of the whole IRP. You may not be able to write this portion until you have finished the rest of the paper.26.0 ptsGoodParagraph 1: Summary of IRP. Paragraph 2: Discussion of tools and data. Paragraph 3: Summary of findings, analysis conclusion, and recommendation.16.0 ptsFairMissing one of the introduction paragraphs, or not well written.5.0 ptsInadequateMissing two or more of the relevant parts of the introduction, or not written well.26.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIssue IdentificationRequires critical thinking and creative thinking.12.0 ptsGoodClearly discussed the problem that the analysis is investigating. Clearly identified a primary issue.10.0 ptsFairDiscussed the primary issue that is being investigated somewhat, but not clearly identify the problem.5.0 ptsInadequateDiscussed a symptom of the problem only.12.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIssue AnalysisHow are you going to investigate your problem with this data?12.0 ptsGoodClearly discussed analysis plan (specifically mentions ANOVA, Linear Regression, or other analysis method). Clearly states research question in plain language. Correctly states statistical question that matches research question (null and alternative hypotheses).7.0 ptsFairMissing one of the elements of this section.3.0 ptsInadequateMissing two or more of the elements of this section.12.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDataWhere did the data come from? What did you do to prepare it for analysis?9.0 ptsGoodClearly discussed data: 1) Source 2) Any data cleansing required (treatment of outliers?) 3) Appropriate descriptive statistics table included.6.0 ptsFairMissing one of the required elements of this section.3.0 ptsInadequateMissing two or more elements of this section.9.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnalysis9.0 ptsFull MarksClear discussion of analysis: 1) Identify variables (independent, dependent, type) 2) Relevant charts and tables 3) Discussion references any charts, tables, values (pvalue, etc.) needed to reach conclusion.6.0 ptsFairMissing one of the elements of this section.3.0 ptsInadequateMissing two or more elements of this section.9.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusion9.0 ptsFull MarksClearly discussed analysis conclusion: 1) Analysis results (significant, not significant) 2) Hypothesis conclusion (accept, reject) 3) Impact of your conclusion as it relates to the problem you identified in the “Issue Identification” section.6.0 ptsFairMissing one of the elements of this section.3.0 ptsInadequateMissing two or more elements of this section.9.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCOA’sCourse of Action Development8.0 ptsFull MarksStudent developed three or more courses of action (COA’s) to the problem based on a better understanding of the problem obtained by their analysis. COA could optimize ROI, optimize time, optimize, optimize impact on people, “status quo”, etc.6.0 ptsFairStudent developed two or more possible solutions.2.0 ptsInadequateStudent did not develop any possible solutions to the problem, or it was not clear that they understood how to think critically about solutions to the problem.8.0 ptsToday’s Date (e.g. 15 August 2017)
From: StudentFirstName StudentLastName
To:
InstructorName
Subj:
Independent Research Project Report: Topic (e.g. Airport Traffic Analysis)
IRP Summary:
Think of this section as an abstract or overview of your research paper. This entire report should be four
to six pages, including tables and charts. Try not to exceed ten pages. Everything that you put into this
paper should have a purpose and add value to your analysis. In the first paragraph of this section,
provide a brief overview of the analytical question you are trying to answer in this analysis. Try to
quickly, but effectively answer the who, what, why, when, where questions of your topic and why we
should care about the topic.
In the second paragraph of this section, discuss the SAS tools and tasks that you used to complete the
analysis, and identify the nature (origins, date, owner – the “meta data”) of the data set you used for
analysis.
In the third paragraph of this section, briefly summarize your findings, conclusions, and clearly
communicate your recommendation. If the decision maker agrees, they may not read past this section
of your report (but your instructor will).
Issue Identification:
In this section, discuss the issue that your analyzing. Consider more deeply the “who, what, why, where,
when, and how?” questions as you discuss the issue, going into more detail than you did in the “IRP
Summary” section. Make sure you identify the primary issue, not a symptom of your problem or
opportunity. This can take some research, and critical thought to arrive at the primary issue.
Issue Analysis:
In the first part of this section, briefly discuss your analysis plan. How do you plan to answer the
question you have about your issue? Make sure you clearly identify the question that you are hoping to
answer.
Data:
Discuss in detail your data, where it came from, how you cleaned it, etc. Provide a table with descriptive
statistics from SAS. This is the section that you fill in based on the “IRP Research Question and Data Set”
assignment.
Analysis:
In this section, discuss your analysis in detail. Include any relevant tables and charts. Do not change the
margins, and make sure all graphics fit on the page and do not break across pages.
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Conclusion:
In this section, clearly identify the analytical conclusion you have reached after your analysis of the data.
Make sure you interpret your findings, parameters, and what you learned from the analysis.
Course of Action Development
In this section, discuss at least three courses of action that could be used to improve a problem or take
advantage of the opportunity identified by your analysis. Try to think of different ways to address the
issue given the resources. Try to think “out of the box”. Consider expensive and inexpensive solutions,
fast or permanent solutions, high quality versus low quality solutions for example.
Recommendation
In this section, discuss your recommendation on how to improve a problem or take advantage of the
opportunity identified by your analysis. Defend your recommendation using the results of your analysis,
but be brief and clear.
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Identify real world data to analyze
This week, you just need to find some real-world data to use for your IRP.
You can any data that you have access to from work, home, organizations that
you belong to that you have the right to use. We will not publish this analysis, but
it will be shared in your presentation, so make sure that it is not sensitive
information (contains personal identifying information). Please review the IS 3310
Data Policy discussed during the first week of the course.
However, if you do not have access to any data, you can find many different data
sets from the links listed below. Do you have a question about health, economy,
jobs, etc.? There is probably data out there, you just have to find it. Explore the
various links and see what types of data sets are available for you to analyze.
If you identify additional websites with data, share it with me and I will add it to
this document and share it with the class.
Once you have found the data you would like to use for your IRP, simply describe
the name of your data set, its source, the number of records, and the number of
attributes. For example, I might have a question about future employment, and I
went to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. My assignment response would be:
Table 1.2 Employment by detailed occupation, 2014 and projected 2024
https://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_102.htm
Records: 1,090 (Rows of data)
Attributes: 10 (Columns)
The data set for your IRP should have at least 100 records, and four attributes.
***************************Data Sources**************************
http://www.data.gov (There are many topics here to choose from)
http://www.cms.gov (You need to explore this site to find the data)
https://vaers.hhs.gov/data/index
http://www.morningstar.com
http://www.usa.gov
Identify real world data to analyze
http://data.worldbank.org/
https://stats.bls.gov/data/
https://data.world/
http://www.statcrunch.com/index.php
https://www.kaggle.com/
http://www.kdnuggets.com/datasets/index.html
https://catalog.data.gov/dataset
Multiple Links for Datasets
Business and Finance Datasets
http://researchguides.dartmouth.edu/datasets Dartmouth College Business
Datasets
https://www.analyticsvidhya.com/blog/2016/11/25-websites-to-find-datasetsfor-data-science-projects/ Multiple Links for Datasets
https://www.kaggle.com/datasets
Multiple Links for Datasets
https://www.springboard.com/blog/free-public-data-sets-data-scienceproject/ 19 Free Datasets
https://www.dataquest.io/blog/free-datasets-for-projects/
Datasets
Multiple Links for
https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2016/02/12/big-data-35-brilliantand-free-data-sources-for-2016/#70f4ee0db54d Forbes Datasets
http://www.datasciencecentral.com/profiles/blogs/10-great-healthcare-datasets Healthcare Datasets
https://data.world/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=
US-Dataset&utm_term=dataset&utm_content=194298280772 Some Cool
Datasets
Identify real world data to analyze
https://www.quora.com/Where-can-I-find-large-datasets-open-to-the-public
Large Datasets
https://dreamtolearn.com/ryan/1001_datasets
More Datasets
http://guides.library.illinois.edu/c.php?g=347113&p=2349012
Datasets
Finance
https://www.sec.gov/dera/data/financial-statement-data-sets.html
Datasets
SEC
ANALYSIS TITLE
STUDENTFIRSTNAME STUDENTLASTNAME
IS 3310 SECTIONCODE
OVERVIEW
• In this section, summarize your introduction.
• Remember that Power Point is a visual aid…
• You are the presentation.
• Please change the design, but keep the sections.
• No more than seven bullets per slide.
• Usually no more than seven words per line.
ISSUE ANALYSIS
• In this section, discuss your analysis plan…
• In other words, how you planned to analyze your data set.
• Remember, your presentation should take no more than 5 minutes.
• At 7 minutes, I am cutting you off.
DATA
• Briefly discuss your data.
• The meta data (where it came from, what it is about)
• The descriptive statistics
• Number of records
• Number of attributes
• Include a table if you wish (see example below):
Item
Number
Notes
Records
1,278
No missing data
Attributes
12
Used five for the analysis
ANALYSIS
• In this section, discuss your analysis in detail.
• You need to convince me that you understood what you were doing.
• You may use several slides for this section (tables, charts, graphs)
• Include useful and relevant graphics that can help you tell your story.
• The right picture is worth a thousands words.
• What picture do you need me to see?
CONCLUSION & RECOMMENDATION
• In this section, clearly communicate to me what you discovered in your analysis.
• Discuss why it matters.
• What is your recommendation? What should we do about what you found out?
QUESTIONS
• You will have to answer questions from me about your analysis,
• So, make sure that you are ready to go on your presentation day.
• If you questions about the presentation, let the instructor know (you can use the Student
Lounge Discussion Board)
Today’s Date (e.g. 15 August 2017)
From: StudentFirstName StudentLastName
To:
InstructorName
Subj:
Independent Research Project Report: Topic (e.g. Airport Traffic Analysis)
Introduction:
In the first paragraph of this section, provide a brief overview of the analytical question you are trying to
answer in this analysis. This entire report should be four to six pages, including tables and charts.
In the second paragraph of this section, discuss the SAS tools and tasks that you used to complete the
analysis, and identify the nature (origins, date, owner – the “meta data”) of the data set you used for
analysis.
In the third paragraph of this section, briefly summarize your findings, conclusions, and clearly
communicate your recommendation. If the decision maker agrees, they may not read past this section
of your report.
Issue Identification:
In this section, discuss the issue that your analyzing. Consider the “Who, what, why, where, when, and
how?” questions as you discuss the issue. Make sure you identify the primary issue, not a symptom of
your problem or opportunity.
Issue Analysis:
In the first part of this section, briefly discuss your analysis plan. Make sure you identify the question
that you are hoping to answer.
Data:
Discuss in detail your data, where it came from, how you cleaned it, etc. Provide a table with descriptive
statistics from SAS.
Analysis:
In this section, discuss your analysis in detail. Include any relevant tables and charts. Do not change the
margins, and make sure all graphics fit on the page and do not break across pages.
Conclusion:
In this section, clearly identify the analytical conclusion you have reached after your analysis of the data.
Course of Action Development
In this section, discuss at least three courses of action that could be used to improve a problem or take
advantage of the opportunity identified by your analysis.
1
Recommendation
In this section, discuss your recommendation on how to improve a problem or take advantage of the
opportunity identified by your analysis.
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