Res341 Final Exam Guide

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RES/341 Final Examination Study Guide

This study guide will prepare you for the Final Examination you will complete in the final week. It contains practice questions, which are related to each week’s objectives. In addition, refer to each week’s readings and your student guide as study references for the Final Examination.

Week One: Defining Research Process and Data Measurement

Objective: Define business research and its purpose.

1. The main distinction between applied and basic business research is that applied research is used to a. acquire knowledge about consumer preferences
b. solve a specific business problem
c. identify factors that affect employee motivation
d. investigate consumer seasonal spending habits

Objective: Define how data is collected, measured, and described in business research.

2. One advantage of written questionnaires and surveys for data collection is that they are a. less biased than other methods
b. less expensive to administer than interviews
c. less ambiguous than other methods
d. better than observational studies for measuring worker performance and productivity

Objective: Define how data is collected, measured, and described in business research.

3. To reduce the chance of bias in workplace research projects, a. have all data collection performed by management personnel b. design the data collection process to ensure that responses are truly anonymous c. provide feedback on results and repeat the data collection process until all participants provide similar responses d. keep the purpose of the research project a secret until all results are in

Objective: Define how data is collected, measured, and described in business research.

4. A sufficiently large coverage error will result in which of the following? a. Nonresponse bias
b. Probability sampling
c. Statistics about the actual population, not the target population d. Inability to perform inferential statistics

Objective: Define how data is collected, measured, and described in business research.

5. A survey was mailed to 400 students; 100 were randomly selected from the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes last semester. What sampling method was used? a. Cluster sample
b. Stratified sample
c. Systematic sample
d. Simple random sample

Objective: Develop problem definitions and hypotheses.

6. Research hypotheses are
a. definitions of the problems researchers want to solve
b. the questions researchers want to answer
c. assertions researchers develop and test for validity
d. the documented results of research experiments

Objective: Explain the components of a sampling design.

7. The process of picking confounding characteristics and allocating them across the groups being studied is called __________. a. matching
b. validity
c. randomization
d. experiments

Objective: Explain the components of a sampling design.

8. The manipulation of the independent variable is known as the __________. a. treatment
b. validity
c. randomization
d. experimental test

Objective: Explain the components of a sampling design.

9. A(n) __________ variable changes the relationship between the independent and dependent variables. a. dependent
b. independent
c. intervening
d. moderating

Week Two: Data Collection Methods and Introductions to Descriptive Statistics

Objective: Calculate measures of central tendency and dispersion.

10. A study of the scores on an in-plant course in management principles and the years of service of the employees enrolled in the course yielded the following statistics. For test scores, the mean is 100 and the variance is 225. For years of service, the mean is 5 and the variance is 81. Which measure has the greater dispersion? a. Test scores

b. Years of service
c. The dispersions are equal for both samples.
d. The dispersions cannot be compared because...
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