Professional Communication Research

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Question 1
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Research and Experimental Development (R&D) covers which three activities?

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Elemental research, systematic research, and experimental development.

B

Academic inquiry, theoretical research, and experimental development.

C

Research development, writing up results, and experimental development.

D

Investigating, reporting, and experimental development.

E

Basic research, applied research, and experimental development.

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Question 2
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Research may be best classified as:

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empirical, interpretive, critical.

B

quantitative, library, combination.

C

surveys, questionnaires.

D

experiments, non-experiments.

E

opinions, judgements, facts.

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Question 3
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The most common research method for professional communicators is:

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observation.

B

surveys.

C

experiments.

D

text analysis.

E

content analysis.

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Question 4
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What is professional communication research?

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The work done by professionals.

B

Research that is paid for.

C

The research performed by social scientists.

D

Everyday research done by journalists.

E

Research undertaken by academics.

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Question 5
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What are some of the ethical restraints to doing research?

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Informed consent.

B

Right to privacy.

C

Copyright.

D

Informed consent and right to privacy.

E

Plagiarism.

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Question 6
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Which of the following is part of generating ideas in the research process?

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Library searches and using the internet.
B
Statistical analysis.
C
Formulating the research question.
D
Publishing articles and giving conference presentations.
E
Developing the hypotheses.
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Question 7
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What is the research question?

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A
The abstract expressed as a question.
B
The conclusion.
C
The hypothesis.
D
The aim of the research.
E
The guiding idea of the research.
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Question 8
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The best research Web search engine is:

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Google
B
Yahoo
C
Sensis
D
Expanded ASAP
E
ABI/INFORM
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Question 9
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A research abstract should:

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be comprehensive.
B
summarise each section of the report.
C
summarise the argument of the report.
D
summarise the conclusion of the report.
E
sound impressive.
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Question 10
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The introduction to a research report should include:

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the exact methods used in the report.
B
the conclusion.
C
the literature review.
D
the literature review and the methods.
E
the appendix.
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Question 11
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The best referencing style for the social sciences is:

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APa.
B
MLA.
C
Harvard.
D
Chicago.
E
Australian government style.
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Question 12
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The Discussion section is located:

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after the Method section.
B
before the Conclusion.
C
after the Results.
D
before the Method.
E
after the Introduction.
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Question 13
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Appendices should:

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always be considered for short reports.
B
always be labelled.
C
appear after the introduction
D
not appear in formal reports.
E
appear in all academic journal articles.
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Question 14
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The citation Smith, T(1982).The Research Craft.New York: Harcourt, is an example of which referencing style?

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MLa.
B
APA.
C
Harvard.
D
Chicago.
E
Australian government.
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Question 15
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What possibility does the Method section give the reader?

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The possibility to understand the context of the research.
B
The possibility to see the academic sources associated with the research.
C
The possibility to understand the topic in an in-depth manner.
D
The possibility to replicate the research.
E
The possibility to see how the results apply to current research.
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Question 16
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Online ethics is a problematic area because:

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not many people understand the internet.
B
internet sampling is not representative of the population.
C
online identity and attitudes are very different to real-life ones.
D
internet samples are too small.
E
ethics do not apply when people are online.
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Question 17
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What is content analysis?

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A manual process using cards to identify works by relevant categories.
B
A computer program called NUDIST.
C
A library catalogue.
D
A research tool that determines the presence of certain words or concepts within textual communications.
E
A way of understanding case studies.
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Question 18
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What is a meta-search engine?

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A program that returns the top hits of several single-search engines.
B
A program that retrieves data from the internet.
C
A program that searches many documents at one time.
D
A program that looks for keywords on the internet.
E
The same thing as a browser.
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Question 19
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1.In what part of a research report should the following items be placed?
a. Limitations of the current study.
b. Purpose of the study is justified.
c. Implications of the current research.
d. Recommendations for further research are made.
e. Sources are listed.
f. Procedures used to collect material are outlined.

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Question 20
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2. Fill in the missing word in each of the following sentences.
a. The business report is usually performed on a ________ scale.
b. _______ points are often used to good effect in a business report.
c. A business report may not focus on ________ rigour.
d. The layout of a business report is _____ to reflect current practice in the organisation and its industry.

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