Web Exercises

  1. Using the site: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/faculty_sites/rainbow/html/fact_sample.html which provides a brief introduction to sampling by the University of California, Davis, write a short essay on how you would select a sample of participants to study a topic in your field of interest. Would it be a random sample or not? What considerations would you include in your study?
  2. Review the site: http://explorable.com/convenience-sampling on convenience sampling. Afterward, use the internet to find a study which uses this method, and discuss the process for data collection and the findings of the research. Discuss whether using a convenience sample the best approach for this study.
  3. Review the following report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/5057f4ef-f924-422c-bafe-771b1ead78e4/Beef-Veal-Carcass-Baseline-Study-Design.pdf?MOD=AJPERES. How was sampling used in this study, specifically to provide information to decision makers involved in the implementation process?