Design  a basic survey questionnaire. Survey questions will be used to answer a research question you would like to ask the entire class. Your sample frame is all students in the class. Create a research question.  What do you want to know about UCB students? Consider which broader population you wish to generalize your results.

Remember the question needs to be causal in nature. It may NOT be purely descriptive.  Causal research questions ask if a relationship exists between two or more variables. Acceptable examples include, “What is the relationship between a person’s self-control and his likelihood of committing a crime?” and “Which beliefs and personal characteristics affect a person’s opinions about criminal justice?”  Descriptive questions seek to identify the characteristics of only one variable.  An example of a descriptive question is, “How many students at UCB are enrolled part time?”  Here’s another way to look at it:  you should be able to discern dependent and independent variables in a causal research question.  Descriptive research questions only contains a single variable. Design a 5-question survey instrument in order to gather the data necessary to conduct your study. Write the questions in the format you would deliver them to your participants (i.e., properly spaced and formatted).  Keep in mind the principles of exhaustive and exclusive measurement, as well as the guidelines and pitfalls of writing survey questions. All of your questions must be close-ended, which means you must write (and properly format) the response options.


Also remember that this is only a research proposal.