UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS: 2016/2017
EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE IN
DATA COMMUNICATIONS/ MASTER OF SCIENCE INFORMATION
SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT/ MASTER OF SCIENCE IN DATA
MDC 6401/ MISM 5401 ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS/
DATE: DECEMBER, 2016 TIME: 2 HOURS
INSTRUCTIONS: Answer Question One & ANY OTHER TWO questions.
QUESTION ONE [20 MARKS]
Manoah, a final year Masters student intends to carry out a research titled, “Advances in the
Use of Computer Applications in Health”.
a) Critique this title. (2 Marks)
b) Which approach of research would you recommend for Manoah and why?
c) Explain how Manoah established the research gap for his study. (3 Marks)
d) Present two research questions that can guide this study. (1 Marks)
e) List five logistical challenges that Manoah will face in this study. (5 Marks)
f) Create a hypothetical timeline for this study. (4 Marks)
g) Present a conceptual framework for this study. (4 Marks)
QUESTION TWO [15 MARKS]
a) Give a detailed account of the research process. (7 Marks)
b) Explain the steps in descriptive study design. How does this design fit in information
technology research? (8 Marks)
QUESTION THREE [15 MARKS]
Give five reasons why literature review is important in research. How would undertake a
systematic review of literature for your masters thesis research?
QUESTION FOUR [15 MARKS]
Give a detailed account of how to develop a good questionnaire. (15 Marks)