Transforming Higher Education for a Sustainable Tomorrow

1- Introduction to R: The open source statistical software

Course content:-

  • Downloading and Installing R
  • Gettting data into R
  • Using R for correlation analysis
  • Using R for regression analysis
  • Using R for t-tests
  • Using R for one way ANOVA
  • Using R to draw graph

Date: 3/4/2013

Time: 9 am – 12 noon

Facilitator: Dr Mohd Ali Samsudin

Venue: IPS Training Room

Fee: RM 10

2 – Thesis Writing for Beginners

This course will prepare participants for thesis writing specifically tailored to the specific requirements and styles of thesis writing in USM. This course will look at several features of thesis writing including the formats and referencing styles, and the common weaknesses found in students writing. Special focus is given to the APA style, while other styles are also discussed. This course will benefit most those who are starting to wirte their thesis and those who wish to deepen their knowledge about APA writing style. Students who wish to know how to format their tables and figures, the preferred spelling to use, the correct usage of punctuations, the writing of citations in-text and reference list, etc., you will find this workshop very useful. Complete ppt notes and appendices on various referencing styles will be provided to participants. 

Date: 4/4/2013

Time: 9 am – 12 noon

Facilitator: Tuan Haji Sibly

Venue: IPS Training Room

Fee: RM 10

3 – Writing a Thesis (based on the arts/humanities perspective)

Date: 4/4/2013

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

Facilitator: Dr Sarena Abdullah

Venue: IPS Training Room

Fee: RM 10

4 – Validating questionnaires using Rasch model analysis

Time: 1 and half days

Course content:-

  • Introduction to Rasch Model Analysis
  • Introduction to Winsteps and Ministeps
  • Setting up control file
  • Using Rasch Model to Analyse Dichotomous (Multiple Choice Questions) and Polytomous Data (Likert Scale

Questionnaire)

  • Introduction to Multifacet Rasch Model Analysis
  • Introduction to Facets
  • Using Rasch Model to Analyse Multifacet Data

Day 1: 8/4/2013 (9 am to 5 pm)

Day 2: 9/4/2013 (9 am to 12 pm)

Facilitator: Dr Mohd Ali Samsudin

Venue: IPS Training Room

Fee: RM 20

5 – Writing Journal : Fear Factor and Impact Factor

Date: 15/4/2013

Time2 pm – 5 pm

Facilitator: Dr Azman Seeni

Venue: IPS Training Room

Fee: RM 10

6 – Literature Review and Organising Search Results Using EndNotes – Part 1

Literature Review, The Fun Way

Please bring your notebook installed with EndNote software

Date: 16/4/2013

Time: 9 am – 12 noon

Facilitator: Puan Noor Anisah Khadiri (Library)

Venue: IPS Training Room

Fee: RM 10

7- Literature Review and Organising Search Results Using EndNotes – Part 2 Endnote

Please bring your notebook installed with EndNote software

Date: 16/4/2013

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

Facilitator: Puan Noor Anisah Khadiri (Library)

Venue: IPS Training Room

Fee: RM 10

8 – Basic Statistics Using SPSS

This session will provide skills and knowledge on one of the more commonly used quantitative analysis software packages used in the social sciences, namely SPSS or PASW. SPSS or PASW is a powerful statistical application package that is particularly useful for the analysis of questionnaire data. It can be used in the analysis of data from various disciplines and this two-session introductory level will cover the basic analysis functions provided by the Windows version of SPSS. By the end of this workshop you will be able to prepare, enter and managing data into SPSS, understand how to import data from external sources(e.g. Excel), be able to transform and recode your data, understand how SPSS uses statistical procedures (such as Frequencies, measure of central tendency, measure of dispersion and Cross tabulation)

(please bring your notebook installed with SPSS software)

Date17/4/2013

Time: 9 am – 5 pm

Facilitator: Dr Premalatha Karupiah

Venue: IPS Training Room

Fee: RM 10

9 – Becoming an Effective Researcher

The aim of this module is for postgraduates to understand the common research processes and to practice effective research management. This module develops the knowledge and research skills that postgraduates need for effective research design,problem solving and decision making. The two main aspects that postgraduates deal with are the psychological and physical aspects. Postgraduates must have skills as a researcher, such as creative and critical thinking, communication, planning, time management, problem solving, leadership and self-awareness. Other skills include building a research culture, intra- and/or trans disciplinary research group collaborations within the university and/or other institutions either in Malaysia or overseas.

The course content will highlight the life cycle of the research process, from the research proposal, through research management, to the completion of the thesis and the publications of the research findings.

Date:18/4/2013

Time: 9 am – 12 noon

Facilitator: Dr Malliga Marimuthu

Venue: IPS Training Room

Fee: RM 10

10 – Literature Review

Date: 18/4/2013

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

Facilitator: Dr Kamarul Kabilan

Venue: IPS Training Room

Fee: RM 10

11 – Time Management

It is true that we all face challenges that have the potential to divert time, energy and other resources away from our pursuit of our most important goals, but it is rarely an issue of simply running out of time. Instead, the real problem is that we allow too many interruptions and distractions to hijack our valuable time, leaving us with less time to devote to the things that are truly important.

 Time is the ONLY resource that is distributed to everyone in equal measure. Everyone in the whole world has the exact same 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 52 weeks a year to work with. No matter what your race, color, creed, economic status,or pay grade at work, your have just the same time status as everyone else. So, when it comes to time management, in the final analysis, it is your decisions, not your circumstances, that will determine how successfully you manage your time in order to achieve your most valuable goals.

This Time Management workshop will provide you with a set of proven time management tips and tools to help you make decisions regarding the use of your time that will lead to more effective, efficient results in all areas of life.

Date:19/4/2013

Time: 9 am – 12 noon

Facilitator: Prof Chan Lai Keng

Venue: IPS Training Room

Fee: RM 10

12 – Fundamental Research Methods in a Quantitative Study for Social Sciences

Chapter Three (3) in a thesis deals with the fundamental or basic issues related to research and Research methods and procedures. This chapter is crucial as it is the blueprint for a researcher to carry out his/her research plans and procedures and collect the necessary data to answer the research questions. Hence, in this workshop, the participants will be exposed to the various fundamental elements and issues that should be addressed in Chapter 3 (of a Thesis) so that the research could be well undertaken and the research questions are appropriately answered.

The participants will be specifically exposed to the various elements that should be addressed in a quantitative study such as research design, reliability and validity of instruments, types of data and types of studies.

This workshop is suitable for beginning students who have just enrolled in a Masters or PhD Programme

Date:22/4/2013

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

Facilitator: Dr Kamarul Kabilan

Venue: IPS Training Room

Fee: RM 10

13 – Partial Least Squares (PLS) using Smart PLS

 Day 1: 23/4/2013 (9 am to 5 pm)

Day 2:24/4/2013 (9 am to 5pm)

Facilitator: Prof Jeyaraman

Venue: IPS Training Room

Fee: RM 20

POSTPONED TO:

Day 1: 7/5/2013 (9 am to 5 pm)

Day 2: 8/5/2013 (9 am to 5pm)

14 – Problem Solving Techniques

What does creativity have to do with research? Everything! Great solutions to tough problems often come by finding new ways of looking at them. This innovative workshop will explore a wide range of techniques and tools to help you approach your research problems in new and creative ways. During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to try using some of the techniques demonstrated on your own research question. This will take place in small multidisciplinary work groups, offering yet another chance to get new perspectives by discussing your research with people from other disciplines. By the end of the workshop, you will have to explore some new ways to answer these questions:

  • What is creativity and how can it help?
  • How does it work?
  • How can it be helped and hindered?
  • What techniques can I use to get new ideas?
  • How can I decide which ideas to choose?
  • Is there anything I can do to help me think ‘out of the box’?

 Date:25/4/2013

Time: 9 am – 12 noon

Facilitator: Dr Norazharuddin Shah Abdullah

Venue: IPS Training Room

Fee: RM 10

15 – Blue Ocean Workshop

The competition in academic research and industrial development in Malaysia and the region is now getting more and more aggressive. The good time with abundant supports from the government is reaching the end. With limited resources, researchers and students need to compete against each other in their field to make their own research outstanding. Thus, formulation of research strategy is essential in ensuring an excellent research output. Blue Ocean Strategy is a strategy which could make competition irrelevant while exploring new possibilities in an existing research area. This workshop introduces the concepts and ideas of blue ocean strategy and how it could be applied to formulate a strategy which make research outstanding from competition.

Date:25/4/2013

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

Facilitator: Dr Yeoh Fei Yee

Venue: IPS Training Room

Fee: RM 10

16 – Preparing Data for a Multivariate Analysis

•              Questionnaire Standardization

•              Data Cleaning and Handling with Missing data points

•              Goodness of data

•              Construct Validity –Factor Analysis

•              Consistency – Reliability

•              Determining Sample Size

•              Sampling Techniques

•              Predictive Inference and Statistical Methods

Date:30/4/2013

Time: 9 am – 5pm

Facilitator: Prof Krishna Swamy Jayaraman

Venue: IPS Training Room

Fee: RM 10

Registration: PASS office, IPS first floor; ppd.ips.usm@gmail.com; 04-6532359; http://www.ips.usm.my/ppd

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