MPC-005 Important Topics for Exams from Previous Years Papers

All these topicss are from IGNOU's Previous Years Question Papers.
These are those topics which were mostly repeated in exams.

  1. Case study
  2. Quasi Experimental Research – concept, advantage, disadvantage, types of design
  3. Discourse Analysis – concept, assumptions, approaches, steps
  4. Method of calculating/estimating reliability
  5. Correlational Research Design – concept, types, advantages, disadvantages
  6. Compare the causal comparative research design to correlational research design and experimental research design
  7. Types of between group single factor design
  8. Ethnographic Research – concept, steps, assumptions
  9. Hypothesis – meaning, significance, types
  10. Expost Facto Research – concept, characteristics, steps, difference with Experimental research
  11. Comparison of qualitative and quantitative research
  12. Qualitative Research – Meaning, types, theories
  13. Validity – types and threats
  14. Sampling – methods of non probability and probability
  15. Constructs
  16. Survey research – types, steps, instruments used
  17. Content Analysis
  18. Grounded Theory – steps, types, relevance, implications, types of coding, basic goals
  19. Variables – types, active and attribute
  20. Factorial Research Design – concept, types of interaction & effects, types
  21. Quality and criteria of good research
  22. Steps involved in preparing a qualitative research report


Important Questions


  1. Describe case study as a research method.
  2. Discuss the meaning and types of Quasi Experimental research design.
  3. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of quasi-experimental design.
  4. Discuss the assumptions, approaches and steps of Discourse Analysis.
  5. Describe the different methods of estimating reliability.
  6. Discuss the similarities and differences of causal comparative and correlational research design.
  7. Discuss the types of between group (single factor) research design.
  8. Describe the assumptions and steps of Ethnographic research.
  9. Explain the different types of hypothesis. Discuss the errors that might take place while testing hypothesis.
  10. Differentiate between Experimental and Ex-post Facto research.
  11. Describe the concept, characteristics and steps of Ex-post facto research.
  12. Any three difference between qualitative and quantitative research design.
  13. Discuss the different types of validity. Discuss the various threats to internal validity.
  14. Write short note on: Constructs
  15. Discuss the steps involved in conducting survey research. Explain the different instruments used for survey research. Explain the types of Survey Research.
  16. Write short note on: Content Analysis
  17. Discuss grounded theory as an approach in qualitative research.
  18. Discuss the steps, types, relevance and implications of grounded theory.
  19. Explain the various types of variables.
  20. Define factorial design. Explain 2 x 2 factorial design with an example.
  21. Discuss the main and interaction effects in a factorial design.
  22. What are the objectives, criteria and qualities of a good research design ?
  23. Outline the steps of preparing a report of the qualitative research data.

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