Hmpyc80 Research Methodology

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HMPYC80 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
TOPIC 1 STATISTICS
Hypothesis testing Variables (Tut 104 p 165) Sampling Distribution of the mean GROUPS DESIGN T Test- difference between the means of 2 groups (BG p.147) Dependent and Independent samples (tc and td) One-way analysis of variance (The F test uses variance as an index for the difference between two or more means.) (BG p. 174) Factorial Analysis of Variance (BG p.180)

TOPIC 2 CORRELATIONAL DESIGN
Correlation coefficient (BG p. 208) Regression analysis, testing Beta (BG p.221) Prediction and regression analysis (BG p. 235) Multiple regression analysis (BG p.245)

TOPIC 3 FACTOR ANALYISIS (BG p. 268)
Latent and manifest variable

TOPIC 4 RESEARCH PROPOSAL REVIEW
Qualitative analysis (Tut 104 p101)
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However, the guidelines do not guarantee that your research will be ethical - you still have to pay close attention to any ethical issue that my crop up in your research project. Always make sure that you are knowledgeable about ethical guidelines.

Paradigms
Positivist, interpretive and constructionist paradigm Positivist: numerical, quantitative data Interpretive: insight into subjective world , identify common themes Constructionist: how is the social world constructed, discourse analysis Ontology, epistemology and methodology Each research paradigm has a particular ontology, epistemology and methodology. Ontology refers to researchers’ assumptions about the nature of the social world, for example, positivist researchers tend to assume that the social world operates in a predictable, law-like manner analogous to the physical world. Epistemology refers to researchers’ assumptions about how to gain knowledge about the social world, for example positivist researchers assume that one should measure social phenomena objectively. Methodology refers to the actual procedures used by researchers, for example positivist researchers frequently collect data by means of objective tests and questionnaires and analyse these using statistical techniques. The table
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