M.L. SULTAN TECHNIKON

 

 

NOVEMBER 2001 EXAMINATION

 

 

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMME

INSTRUCTIONAL OFFERING

DURATION

MARKS

EXAMINER

MODERATOR

 

B.TECH

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

THREE HOURS

100

Dr R.P. Chetty

Prof D.R. Bagwandeen

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INSTRUCTIONS/REQUIREMENTS

1. Answer all questions

2. Calculators may be used.

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DO NOT TURN THE PAGE BEFORE PERMISSION IS GIVEN

 

SECTION A

1.            Outline the steps in the research process by means of a flow chart.

(10)

2.            What do you understand by the following terms and what would you include in this section of your proposal?

2.1       Critical Questions/Hypothesis

2.2            Literature Review

2.3       Data Collection Plan

(15)

3.            Distinguish between a sample and a population. Give an example to illustrate your answer

(5)

4.            Explain two methods of sampling and illustrate each method with an example.

(10)

5.            Distinguish between the validity and reliability of a measuring instrument.

(5)

6.            Explain how you would use the table of random numbers to draw a sample of 40 subjects from a population of 300 subjects.

(5)

TOTAL: 50

 

SECTION B

The following depicts the relationship between test scores (X) and examination scores (Y) for a group of students.

STUDENT

X

Y

 

 

 

A

1

5

B

2

4

C

2

5

D

2

6

E

3

8

F

5

7

G

5

8

H

7

7

I

7

8

J

8

8

1.         Draw a histogram for the X-data.           

(4)

2.        Calculate the following:

2.1       mode for the Y-scores 

(2)

2.2       median for the X-scores 

(2)

2.3       mean for the Y-scores 

(2)

2.4       Range for the X-scores 

(2)

2.5       Variance for the X-scores 

(4)

2.6       Standard deviation for the X-scores

(4)

SECTION C

1.            What factors would you take into account when deciding to choose between using an interview or a questionnaire to collect data from your sample.

(5)

2.         How would you ensure the validity of your questionnaire?

(10)

3.         Give five differences between a conversation and an interview?

(5)

4.         What do you understand by the term ethics in social science research?

(5)

TOTAL: 30

FINAL TOTAL: 100

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