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MIDTERM EXAMINATION Fall 2009 STA630- Research Methods old paper

MIDTERM  EXAMINATION
Fall 2009
STA630- Research Methods

Question No: 1    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Who, among the following, wrote the book "Research Methods for Business"?
► Zikmund, W.
► Sekaran, U.
► Dessler, G.
► Neuman, W.C.

Question No: 2    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
What does an empiricist believe?
All the knowledge that we have of life after death can be used in research.
► Knowledge in the form of ‘facts’ should be gained through sensory experience.
Research conducted within the British Empire was biased and unreliable.
► Research should not always necessarily rely on the scientific methods.

Question No: 3    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Action research usually takes place in a single school because;
► It is designed to answer questions about improving practice in a particular setting.
► It is difficult to secure permission to study students in multiple schools.
► Teachers do not have the necessary skills to conduct research across multiple settings.
► Data collection methods used in action research are designed for single settings.

Question No: 4    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Which of the following is characteristic of action research?
► Variables are tightly controlled.
► Results are generalizable.
► Results demonstrate cause-and-effect relationships.
► Data are usually qualitative.

Question No: 5    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Which of the following statements is TRUE for qualitative research question?
► It asks a question about some process, or phenomenon to be explored.
► It is generally an open-ended question.
► It asks a question which may be open ended.
► It asks a closed ended question.

Question No: 6    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Which of the following is NOT an example of quantitative variable?
► Age
► Grade point average
► Gender
► Motivation

Question No: 7    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
In research, something that does not “vary” is known as:
► Variable
► Method
► Constant
► Control group
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Question No: 8    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
The cause variable or the one that identifies forces or conditions that act on something else is known as:
► Moderating variable
► Independent variable
► Categorical variable
► Dependent variable

Question No: 9    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Which of the following statements best defines hypothesis?
► A quantitative study.
► A tentative prediction of the results of the research.
► A qualitative research design.
► The operational definition of the study.

Question No: 10    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Which of the following is the characteristic/s of Hypotheses in qualitative research studies?
► Hypotheses are very specific and stated prior to beginning the study.
► Hypotheses are never used.
► Hypotheses are often generated as the data are collected, interpreted, and analyzed.
► Hypotheses are always stated after the research study has been completed.

Question No: 11    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Hypothesis test may also be called as:
► Informal test
► Moderating test
► Significance test
► t-test

Question No: 12    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Which of the following refers to "A review that only demonstrates familiarity with an area is rarely published but it often is part of an educational program is which type of review"?
► Integrative review
► Theoretical review
► Self-study review
► Historical review
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Question No: 13    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Which one of the following tasks is NOT accomplished by theoretical framework?
► Elaborate the relationship among the variables
► Explain the logic underlying the relationship between the variables.
► Describe the nature, and direction of the relationships among the variables.
► Relates the previous studies.

Question No: 14    ( Marks: 1 ) http://www.vustudents.net   - Please choose one
Which of the following strategies is useful when defining a particular research question?
► To clearly articulate the research question, to provide operational, definitions and ensuring its testability.
► To clearly articulate the research question, outlining the conditions in which the phenomena of interest are to be investigated.
► To provide operational definitions of the ideas or concepts involved in the research.
Ensuring that their research question is empirically testable.

Question No: 15    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
What should the business researcher be aware of when signing a confidentiality agreement?
Any clause which limits the length of a questionnaire.
Any clause which allows the company to comment on findings that will be published.
Any clause which increases the level of access for the researcher.
Any clause which guarantees the anonymity of research participants.

Question No: 16    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
In a study of concept learning in first-graders, all of the following should happen, except;
► To help make the experience enjoyable, children should be given substantial incentives to participate.
► The children should be asked if they want to participate.
► Teachers of the children in their classes should give informed consent.
► Parents must give consent.



Question No: 17    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Which of the following is least likely to occur as an ethical problem with electronic research?
► Privacy could be invaded.
► People are not likely to be able to stop once they have begun participating.
► Debriefing could be avoided.
► Informed consent cannot be completely monitored.

Question No: 18    ( Marks: 1 )   http://www.vustudents.net - Please choose one
Quantitative research has been criticised because:
The reliance on instruments and procedures makes it high in ecological validity.
The measurement process suggests a spurious and artificial sense of accuracy.
It underestimates the similarities between objects in the natural and social worlds.
It has no validity.

Question No: 19    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Which of the following is a characteristic of a standardized test?
► The administration of the test is controlled carefully to ensure that all examinees experience the same conditions.
► The test is developed by experts to ensure it is technically sound.
► The scores are interpreted in standard ways.
► All of the given options

Question No: 20    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Mr. Latif is measuring students' attitudes on a controversial topic. Which of the following would you recommend he use to control for the potential problem of students feeling the need to respond with socially acceptable responses?
► Ensure construct validity
► Allow anonymous responses
► Ensure reliability
► Ensure confidentiality

Question No: 21    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Which of the following scales can measure the Temperature?
► Nominal scale
► Ordinal scale
► Interval scale
► All of the given options

Question No: 22    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Following are the properties of nominal scale, except;
► Least powerful
► Suggest no order
► Provide categorical information
► Provide magnitude of object

Question No: 23    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Which of the following is NOT the implication of Ordinal scale?
► Characteristics of nominal scale
► Rank the object
► Does not provide magnitude of object
► Provide rate

Question No: 24    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Which of the following statements is correct about validity and reliability?
► When internal validity is high, external validity is low
► When internal validity is high, there is no change in external validity
► When internal validity is high, external validity is also high
► All of the given options

Question No: 25    ( Marks: 1 )  http://www.vustudents.net  - Please choose one
When you are confident that the experimental manipulation produced the changes you measured in the dependent variable, your study probably has good ________ validity.
► Internal
► External
► Causal
► Construct

Question No: 26    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Mr. Ali has conducted an extensive review of the literature and has deductively reasoned a hypothesis about his problem on the basis of this review. Which type of a research plan is Mr. Ali likely proposing?
Qualitative
► Ethical
► Both quantitative and qualitative
► Quantitative

Question No: 27    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Which of the following is a legitimate purpose of a research plan?
► It forces you to think through every aspect of a study.
► It provides detailed procedures to guide the conduct of the study.
► It provides clear roadmap of the study.
► Writing a plan facilitates the evaluation of it.

Question No: 28    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
In the statement ‘Smoke badly destroys health of people’ what is the unit of analysis?
► Transportation
► Individuals
► Pollutants
► Drugs

Question No: 29    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
While studying supervisor-subordinate relationship in an organization, what is the unit of analysis?
► Individual
► Dyad
► Employer-employee
► Organization

Question No: 30    ( Marks: 1 )  http://www.vustudents.net  - Please choose one
Which of the following types of survey research is often used for program evaluation or accreditation purposes?
► Developmental surveys
► Followup studies
► Public opinion polls
► No survey research is appropriate

Question No: 31    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Which of the following is NOT an example of a problem with using survey research to investigate behaviour?
Respondents tend to answer by giving the most socially desirable answer.
Respondents may inadvertently omit key terms in the question.
Respondents may not give an honest reply to what they see as a threatening question.
Respondents may be unwilling to reveal information as they believe they are likely to be identified.

Question No: 32    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
What should the researcher do if they have achieved a low response rate?
Copy responses and paste them again.
Abandon the research project entirely.
Recognize and accept the possible limitations of a low response rate.
Fill in some more questionnaires themselves.

Question No: 33    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Which of the following statements is correct about questionnaire?
A questionnaire should run to at least twenty pages.
The questions should have no spaces between them so that the whole questionnaire looks small.
Only questionnaires that are A3 size achieve high response rates.
Clear presentation is more important than overall size.

Question No: 34    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Critical decision area in questionnaire construction is which of the following?
► Question content
► Question wording
► Response strategy
► All of the given options

Question No: 35    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
The most critical area of an article to read is;
► Introduction
► Abstract
► Results section
► Limitations

Question No: 36    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Which of the following is/are advantage(s) of the self-completed questionnaire?
Inability to confirm who completed the questionnaire
Its unsuitability for some kinds of respondents
Inability to ask many questions that are not directly relevant to the respondent
► Easy to justify the answer

Question No: 37    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Time consumed in mall intercept interview is representing which of the following type?
► High
► Moderate
► Low
► Nill

Question No: 38    ( Marks: 1 )  http://www.vustudents.net  - Please choose one
Which of the following similarity is found in Qualitative research and Survey research?
► Examine topics primarily from the participants' perspectives.
► They are guided by predetermined variables to study.
► They are descriptive research methods.
► Have large sample sizes.

Question No: 39    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Which of the following represent a good qualitative problem statement?
► Defines the independent and dependent variables.
► conveys a sense of emerging design.
► Specifies a research hypothesis to be tested.
► Specifies the relationship between variables that the researcher expects to find.

Question No: 40    ( Marks: 1 )    - Please choose one
Which of the following makes research questions very crucial?
Guide your decisions about what data to collect and from where.
Help you decide which research area interests you.
Ensure that your findings have external validity.
Prevent you from thinking about research strategies.

Question No: 41    ( Marks: 10 )
How would you explain "Research Proposal" and its different sections?


          

Mid Term old past Paper STA630 Research Method

MIDTERM EXAMINATION

Spring 2010

STA630- Research Methods (Session - 4) Question No: 1 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one
Research can help in the following ways for developing methodologies, EXCEPT;

Tools of data collection

 New technique for gathering data

Defining a problem

Data analysis

Question No: 2 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Which of the folowing is the basis of the Scientific Method?

To test hypothesis in conditions that is conducive to its success.

 To formulate a research problem and disprove the hypothesis.

To formulate a research problem, test the hypothesis in carefully controlled conditions that challenge the hypothesis.

To test hypothesis and if they are disproved, they should be abandoned completely.

Question No: 3 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Research method is applicable in all of the following fields, Except.

Health care

Business

Government offices



Religion

Question No: 4 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Which of the following BEST describes quantitative research?

 The collection of non numerical data

An attempt to confirm the researchs hypotheses

Research that is exploratory

Research that attempts to generate a new theory

Question No: 5 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Which of the following is the definition of an independent variable?

A variable that is manipulated or controlled by the experimenter.

A response variable.

The behavioural measure made by the experimenter.

A dependent variable that is controlled by the experimenter.

Question No: 6 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Why do you need to review the existing literature?

To give your dissertation a proper academic appearance, with lots of references.

 Because without it, you could never reach the required word-count.

To find out what is already known about your area of interest.

To help in your general study.

Question No: 7 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

A literature review should be characterized by all of the following, EXCEPT;

Summarize and report each article.

Use important topics as the organizing structure of the review.
Analyze all articles for similarities and differences related to major topics.

Discuss implications relative to the research problem.

Question No: 8 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Which of the following functions is performed by theoretical framework?

Elaborates the relationship among the variables.

Explains the logic underlying these relationships.

 Describes the nature, and direction of the relationships.

All of the given options.

Question No: 9 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

When there is a need of generating new ideas for hypotheses or to interpret the results of some research, which one is the best research deign?

Experiment

 Surveys

 Focus group discussion

Communication analysis

Question No: 10 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

What should the business researcher be aware of when signing a confidentiality agreement?

 Any clause which limits the length of a questionnaire.

Any clause which allows the company to comment on findings that will be published.

Any clause which increases the level of access for the researcher.

Any clause which guarantees the anonymity of research participants.

Question No: 11 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Which of the following is an example of deception in business research?


The obtaining of company material without permission.

 The researcher wearing a disguise during an observation.

The researcher representing their research as being about a different topic.

The researcher failing to ask permission to interview someone.


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Question No: 12 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

All of the following are part of the ethics code for animal research, except;

The researcher must be an expert about the species being studied.

Procedures using reinforcement are preferred over those using punishment.

 Animal studies that are purely educational in purpose cannot be done.

If the animal must be killed at the end of the study, a painless procedure must be used.

Question No: 13 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Which of the following is not an example of deception?

 A part of the truth is not communicated to the respondent.

To observe code of ethics.

To leak out information regarding any confidential matter.

To create bias between respondents before the survey.

Question No: 14 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Which of the following BEST describes an assessment that examines students' ability to conduct a chemistry experiment in the lab?

Aptitude

 Interest inventory

Performance assessment

Standardized test

Question No: 15 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Which of the following is a legitimate purpose of a research plan?

It forces you to think through every aspect of a study.

 It provides detailed procedures to guide the conduct of the study.

It provides clear roadmap of the study.

Writing a plan facilitates the evaluation of it.

Question No: 16 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Which of the following surveys are more impersonal than face-to-face interviews?

Mail

Recorded Interview

 Focus group

Telephonic

Question No: 17 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

All of the following are the characteristics of scientific methods of research,
EXCEPT;

Cumulative

 Deterministic

Unethical

Rationalism

Question No: 18 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Which of the following is NOT the feature of theoretical framework?

 Make an inventory of variables

Statistical analysis

Specify the direction of relationship



Make an inventory of propositions

Question No: 19 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Which of the following study requires the collection of data at one point in time from a large number of respondents?

 Case study

Cross-sectional study


All of the given options


Longitudinal study

Question No: 20 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Which of the following is NOT the goal of the explanatory research?


 Testing theory

 Establishing the relationship between different phenomenon

Generating new ideas about the topic

Replicating a theory to a new area

Question No: 21 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Basic research can also be called as

 Practical research

Fundamental Research

Action research

Assessment research

Question No: 22 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Descriptive hypothesis is also called:

Directional Hypothesis







Univariate Hypothesis

Non directional Hypothesis

All of the given options

Question No: 23 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Logical argument of the researcher can be based on:

Personal experience

Literature review

Arm chair thinking

All of the given options

Question No: 24 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Rationalism is the application of which of the following?

 Research solution

Logic and arguments

Intuition

Previous findings

Question No: 25 ( Marks: 1 ) - Please choose one

Which of the following is the characteristic/s of Hypotheses in qualitative research studies?

Hypotheses are very specific and stated prior to beginning the study.

 Hypotheses are never used.

Hypotheses are often generated as the data are collected, interpreted, and analyzed.

Hypotheses are deductively tested



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