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  • Michael 7:09 am on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Why do we need to do a Research? 

    A lot of daily activities we do, are either based on common sense or we do the just because we have to or just because we have been told so. But, sometimes common sense is not enough; we have to apply theories and look for facts hidden behind things and to get into that process we have to ‘research’. Because that might just work in one condition and can fail badly in the others or when combined with some other situations. Common sense approaches may overlook the impact of external factors which may contribute to what is observed. Even in the domain of healthcare, there are gaps in knowledge, theories about how something might work better and ideas for improvement.

    • Gilbert 4:14 am on January 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      i completely agree, there is always scope for improvement. What is important is that we get out of our comfort zone and look for areas that need to be explored. Researchers at times tend to study areas that have already been investigated primarily for the sake of convenience. This tendency however will not add to the academic pool. We as researchers, must aim to contribute to the existing knowledge. Find areas where relationships are still vague and where variables still need definition. Only then do we fulfil the true purpose of a research.

  • morry1 7:14 am on October 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Types of Statistics Samples 

    • Random Sample – Under this every member of the population is equal.
    • Voluntary response sample – Under this the subject of the sample decides, whether they’ll be a part of the survey or not.
    • This type of sample depends on the selection of easy to obtain members from the population.
    • Systematic Sample – It is chosen on the basis of an ordered system.
    • Cluster sample – It involves using a simple random sample of evident groups that the population contains.
    • Stratified Sample – It is used when the population is split into atleast to non-overlapping sub-populations.
    It is really important to know the difference between the types of Samples because though they may sound same with almost similar names but they could be majorly different or even a minute difference to could result in many errors.

    • martha 6:02 am on January 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      can you please explain a bit more about systematic sampling? I am researching about employee engagement and its effect on organizational commitment and job satisfaction. I intend to interview managers as well as employees. My supervisor suggested I go in for Systematic sampling for the survey. But i am not quite clear with how to go about it.

  • jackthomas01 7:16 am on October 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Ways of Citing 

    There are two ways of citing references – Author Prominent and Information Prominent
    1. Author Prominent –
    This way gives prominence (importance) to the author by using the author’s surname as part of
    your sentence with the date and the page number in round brackets.
    Direct quote example
    Cowie (1996, p. 91) ‘sdheudj dhidkkl ewdwls dwlokd mndewkmu’.
    Paraphrase example
    Cowie (1996) feslklenhejj dewhwd ewhdhlas dwwaidjil dwwkrwjd rewajkw dnhkjasndiwel.
    2. Information prominent –
    The other way of citing references gives prominence (importance) to the information, with all the required referencing details in round brackets at the end.
    Direct quote example
    bjuwdnhrhnd ‘djkiejdoij djewidi jniqwine nhiwqjk enjwiqjo ewnk ewqiojia ’
    (Cowie 1996, p. 91).
    Paraphrase example
    rdnejuhdsnajknhj ‘ndesjaknhi dbwjas bdwuiqdsj dbwuisnjm’
    (Cowie 1996).

    • Laura 11:07 am on January 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Are these formats valid for all types of resources like books or journal articles or working papers?

    • Lucas 5:39 am on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Yes Laura, these are valid for all sources of information.

  • morry1 7:15 am on October 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    How can you avoid plagiarism? 

    Plagiarism is the intentional use of someone else’s ideas, words, concepts in your work/assignments. It is considered as a serious misconduct at all the Universities and should be avoided at all times.
    Central Queensland University (CQU) also has a policy on plagiarism and students are strongly
    encouraged to familiarise themself with it.
    Committing plagiarism carries very serious penalties for the students, including expulsion from a
    Regrettably, students have been known to commit offences of plagiarism by not understanding what acceptable paraphrasing, summarising or quoting techniques are.
    The best way to avoid being accused of plagiarism is to acknowledge the resources upon which
    you have based your ideas.
    Note: Expulsion, for some international students, may mean having to return to their
    own country because this forfeits their student visa.

    • samanthaJ 11:13 am on January 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I totally agree! one of my friends got expelled from a university in Canada and had to return back to Saudi Arabia because of visa issues. The university however had issued him 3 warnings before taking such a serious step.
      I wonder why students find it so difficult to avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism does not necessarily discourage you from using facts and conclusions drawn by others, but merely requires you to interpret those facts in the particular context you are working and giving credit to the author whose work you have utilized. It is really beyond my understanding why students do not wish to give credit to someone who has worked hard in finding useful results.

  • Lucy Watson 7:13 am on October 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Types of Descriptive Statistics Research 

    a.) Numerical Statistics: This type is generally used in case of measurements, such as a person’s height, weight, heart rate, number of times one performs a task like – reading a book, smoking a cigarette, going for a walk etc. Numerical research is also known as quantitative research.
    b.) Categorical Statistics: It describes a person’s characteristics such as – gender, marital status, place of birth, hometown or type of food they like. Though it can take on numerical values but those numbers do not have mathematical meaning. One cannot do any sort of calculations with them. Other names for categorical statistics are qualitative or yes/no data.

  • Rosaline 7:10 am on October 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    General form of a journal paper 

    Generally submission of a manuscript to a editorial requires to follow the below guidelines –
    To make paper readable-

    • Use a 12 point standard font, such as Times, Geneva, Bookman, Helvetica, etc for writing and printing.
    • Text should be double spaced on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper with 1 inch margins, single sided
    • Number the pages consecutively
    • Start each new section on a new page
    • Recommended the page limits
    Mistakes to avoid
    • Placing the heading at the bottom of a page with the following text on the next page (insert a page break!)
    • Dividing a table or figure – confine each figure/table to a single page
    • Submitting the paper with pages out of order

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