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Exam format and advice25-11-11

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Exam format and advice25-11-11

MGT 682 exam format and advice 25-11-11

    The format of the exam has not yet been approved by the external examiner. If changes are made you will be told via e mailed.

The exam is on Monday 30th January 9.0 12.0 [to be confirmed with venue on 12/12]

The exam is three hours long

It is in two parts.

Part A is worth 40 of the marks

    It requires you to answer 4 questions out of 7.

    Each question is worth 10 marks.

These questions can cover any of the module content.

    Any answer will be strengthened by use of an example.

    If you use an example you need to say where it is from.

    You may use examples from the lectures, the text books, or wider reading. But you are not required to reference them by author, date and publication as you would in

    an essay.

    Just give enough information so the marker can see where the example comes from.

Example questions are below.

    Part B requires you to answer questions about how you would apply research methods to a case study.

    This part is worth 60 marks.

    It has 7 compulsory questions. They do not all carry the same marks.

You will be e mailed a copy of the case study in December.

    It will also be put on the web site.

YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO TAKE THIS CASE STUDY BRIEF INTO THE

    EXAM.

IF YOU TAKE THIS BRIEF INTO THE EXAM YOU WILL BE PENALISED AND

    AWARDED A MARK OF ZERO.

YOU WILL BE ISSUED WITH A CLEAN COPY OF THE CASE STUDY BRIEF IN

    THE EXAM.

    The questions require the application of research methods to the case. You need to justify why a choice or application of methods is suitable to the particular details of the case.

    The 5th tutorial, in weeks 11 and 12, gives you an example case study, and 7 questions you can produce practice answers to.

    It also asks you to design 3 more questions to test the ability to apply research methods theory to the details of this case.

    This was the case study and some questions used in the 2010-11 exam. There will be a different brief in 2011-12.

    So the tutorial exercise gives you a good idea of the type of questions which might be asked in response to a case study brief.

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How to revise

Read the lecture notes

    Read notes you may have taken on related reading

    Read notes you may have taken in the tutorials

    You could look at video recordings of the lectures links to these on the web site.

In these note examples of the application of methods.

Identify gaps in your knowledge.

    Read the notes and text books to fill these.

Plan answers to the practice questions

    Try and write some answers within a time limit.

Aim for 15 minutes for each answer to a question in Part A

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Exam technique

     Allocate your time by questions. Part A is worth 40% of the marks so allocate this

    an hour. Allocate 15 minutes maximum to each of the 4 questions you chose to do in

    part A

     Allocate the rest of the time just under 2 hours to part B.

     Part B questions do not all carry the same marks each question may be worth 5, 10

    or 15 marks. Thus roughly a 5 mark question is worth spending ten minutes on at

    the most. 10 marks = 20 minutes and 15 marks = 30 minutes.

     Be strict about time allocation

     Read all the questions carefully to decide exactly what they mean

     Decide the ones you will do in Part A

     Do the 2 ones you are most confident on first

     Attempt 4 questions in Part A and all questions in Part B - you can often gain a few

    marks just by attempting an answer

     Allow time at the end of the paper to check your answers if you want to add points,

    indicate in the margin and add them at the end of the paper.

     If you finish early go back to check your answers

     References. Indicate relevant authors in the answer, but you will not be penalised if

    you can’t remember the date of publication.

     The answer must include theory and examples used on the course, although a good

    answer will also include your own reading or examples.

     Wherever possible illustrate your answer with examples this shows you can apply

    the ideas to practice.

     If I can’t understand what you mean – I can’t give credit for it.

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Section A Example Examination Questions

    1. What is meant by quantitative research? Which research methods are most appropriate for quantitative research?

    2. Explain, with reasons, the information you need to provide when reporting the statistical analysis results of a questionnaire survey.

    3. Write short notes critically evaluating the use of interviews in research.

    4. How would you carry out a literature review at the University of Sheffield?

    5. What information would you need to gather for a case study and what criteria would you use to evaluate a case study?

6. Write short notes on the terms: ontology and epistemology?

    7. Explain what is meant by a mixed methodology and what advantages and disadvantages are there of this approach to research?

    8. Discuss, with an example, when a case study approach might be appropriate

    9. What ethical considerations are important in using human subjects for research purposes?

    10. How could you analyse qualitative research data? What are the main challenges of qualitative data analysis?

11. What are the main sources of bias in questionnaire surveys?

    12. What types of variables are there? For each type - design a question to collect this type of data.

    13. Write short notes on the use of direct observation as a research method.

    14. What factors would you need to consider when designing a postal questionnaire survey?

15. Critically evaluate the use of focus groups for collecting data.

    16. Discuss why you might use qualitative research rather than quantitative research.

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