1. List at least 10 variables that will be measured in your research. No more than two of these should be sociodemographic indicators such as race or age. The inclusion of each variable should be justified in terms of theory or prior research that suggests it would be an appropriate independent or dependent variable or will have some relation to either of these.
2. Write a conceptual definition for each variable. Whenever possible, this definition should come from the existing literature, either a book you have read for a course or the research literature that you have been searching. Ask two class members for feedback on your definitions.
3. Develop measurement operations for each variable. Several measures should be single questions and indexes that were used in prior research. (Search the web and the journal literature in Sociological Abstracts or PsycINFO.) Make up a few questions and one index yourself. Ask classmates to answer these questions and give you feedback on their clarity.
4. Propose tests of reliability and validity for four of the measures.
1. Propose a sampling design that would be appropriate if you were to survey students on your campus only. Define the population, identify the sampling frame(s), and specify the elements and any other units at different stages. Indicate the exact procedure for selecting people to be included in the sample.
2. Propose a different sampling design for conducting your survey in a larger population, such as your city, your state, or the entire nation