Week 9 Assignment: Data Analysis and Visualization
Skill Being Assessed: Problem Solving – Data Analysis (Quantitative Communication)
Criteria for Success: In this assignment, you will:
What to Submit/Deliverables: The assignment includes an application to a professional conference in two parts:
  1. A Conference Application on Data-Driven Decision Making with questions to complete. Download the Week 9 Assignment Template [DOCX].
  2. A PowerPoint presentation.
What is the value of doing this assignment? This assignment gives you the opportunity to apply the statistical concepts and methods you have learned throughout the course to a current real-world problem. You will continue to practice your problem-solving skill through analysis of data—examining how others use descriptive statistics, and creating your own mathematical visuals in order to analyze and draw conclusions based on this data.
You will also practice taking initiative in putting together a conference application on the problem identified and sharing your findings with a specific audience. This will additionally help you practice communicating effectively—a skill you can use in your personal and professional lives every day.
As you work to complete this assignment, you will continue to practice results-driven strategies. You will have the opportunity to engage in a statistical process while working toward a specific goal, use measurement to report results, and consider the quality and integrity of data and the ways it can be used to effectively communicate solutions.
Your goal for this assignment is to: Apply the statistical concepts and methods you have learned to a current real-world problem by using your problem solving, initiative, and results-driven skills to complete an application and presentation for a professional conference that incorporates the data analysis, conclusions, and recommendations you have reached.
What you need to complete this assignment:
Scenario: You are submitting an application to a professional conference on data-driven decision-making. The application has two parts:
  1. Providing information to the conference organizers.
  2. Creating a presentation for the conference audience.
Steps to complete: In Week 9, complete and submit your assignment in Blackboard using the following steps:
STEP 1: Visit one of the following newspapers’ websites: USA TodayNew York TimesWall Street Journal, or Washington Post. Select an article that uses statistical data related to a current event, your major, your current field, or your future career goal. The chosen article must have been published after the start of this term.
Examples may include:
The article should use one or more of the following categories of descriptive statistics:
Note: Once you navigate to a publication’s website, it may be easiest to do a search with a statistics-related word (ex: standard deviation).
The publications listed are suggestions. If you find an article from another source OR if you are uncertain the article contains all of the information necessary to complete the assignment, please let your instructor know. Your instructor can help you determine whether it is a good fit for this assignment. If you need additional help locating an article, contact a Strayer librarian for more assistance. Remember to review the examples in the Week 6 Discussion.
STEP 2: Using the data from your article, use the template included in this assignment to answer the following questions asked by the conference organizers. Remember to consider their expertise as mathematical professionals and use appropriate language to communicate your findings:
STEP 3: An additional part of the application process requires you to create a presentation based on the information provided in the template.
STEP 4: In the notes section of your final slide, answer the following questions:
STEP 5: Format your presentation according to the Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
STEP 6: Submit your assignment in two parts:
Note: See an example Conference Application Template Example [DOCX] and Education and Life Expectancy [PPTX] example to see the length and content expected for this assignment.
Discussion Post:
The Federal Reserve Bank (“the Fed”) is the central bank of the United States. One of its jobs is to manage the money supply. Sometimes it increases the money supply. Sometimes it decreases the money supply.


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