Directions for Z-Test DRAFT & FINAL Z-Test Writing Assignments Version 3
1. You will turn in two versions of this paper: the DRAFT version and FINAL version.
2. You will turn in an electronic version of the DRAFT and FINAL version of your paper.
3. Both the FINAL and DRAFT versions of the paper are worth 50 points, for a total of 100 points, or 10% of your grade.
4. I will make edits to the draft version of your paper and return those edits to you in a timely manner.
5. You will incorporate my written feedback into the final version of your paper.
6. A LATE draft or final paper will result in an automatic 25-point deduction.
7. Use the sub-headings and title that are given in the template below for your writing. Do not alter the format or the text of the titles or sub-headings. Do not remove the bolding from the headings.
8. The purpose of this assignment is to get experience writing on a statistical topic, write according to an outline, and to describe the use of the Z-Test in psychological research.
9. Consider your writing assignment as a take-home test. Do not work with any other student on the paper.
10. Use double-spacing between lines (not 1.5-line spaces or fewer).
11. Use 1-inch margins all around.
12. Use 12-pt. font: Arial, Calibri, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma. Do not use Times Roman—it is too hard to read.
13. The DRAFT paper should be no shorter than 1,250 words. The FINAL paper should be no shorter than 1,250 words. Check the number of words in your writing. Longer is not necessarily better. Papers which are too long or too short will be downgraded. Please see the rubric available for this assignment.
14. Don’t quote and don’t copy (plagiarize) any material from any outside source. You must write using your own words. Quotes are extremely rare in psychological writing—DO NOT use QUOTES.
15. Always save a copy of document for yourself as an attachment to an email (or somewhere).
16. Do NOT use a right justified margin. A right justified margin is one in which all the letters align on the right side. Use a ragged right margin—in which the words do not align on the right side. Here is more information about ragged right margin:
17. Include your name and class section (i.e. Section 20, 40, or 50).
Ask yourself whether you have:
1. Corrected the grammar, spelling, punctuation
2. Improved wording and deleted unnecessary words
3. Do the sentences flow from one to the next? Do not just answer questions.
4. Reword to delete any quoted material
5. Are all paragraphs indented?
6. Is the material factually correct?
7. Did you read through the paper to catch errors and improve readability?
8. Does the paper sound as though it was written quickly and unfinished?
Here is the rubric, or scoring rules, for both your DRAFT and FINAL paper. Each paper is worth 50 points for a total of 100 points across both papers.