IR 210: Methods of Research in IR

American University of Kuwait
Department of International Relations
Spring Semester 2020 (E-Learning)
Course: IR 210: Methods of Research in IR Name—————————————
Assessment: Final Assessment Assignment (25pts)
Date: May 17, 2020
Instructor: Professor Nizar Hamzeh
Instructions
1. The Final Assessment Assignment covers completed post midterm assessment material (Babbie
Chapters: 7, 9, 10, 11. 13 & 14).
2. Click on the Final Assessment Assignment document in Moodle’s course page.
3. Save a copy of the document in your device.
4. Answer each question in the space provided for that question in the document (Font size 11-12).
You can neither add additional sheets to the document nor expand the spaces provided for
answering the questions, or change the page numbers of the Assessment document.
5. All work cited (including text material, power point lectures and any other sources) should be
documented in footnotes utilizing appropriate protocol as outlined in the Turabian publication
style (adoption of Chicago Manual of Style).
6. Submit the Assessment document answers via Moodle. Simply click again on the Final
Assessment document, upload your document and click submit.
7. Submission dates: early submission (with 2 extra points) is May 27, 2020 (11:00PM). Normal
submission deadline is May 29 (11:00AM). Submission window in Moodle is already opened.
Late submissions via email will be penalized by 5pts for each day of lateness.
8. No make-up will be approved unless there are verifiable emergencies.
9. Plagiarism may result in an “F” in the course.
Part I Multiple Choice Questions (10pts). Place an “X” (in red color) next to the selected answer:
1. One of the most visible uses of survey sampling lies in _____.
A. political polling
B. probability sampling
C. core sampling
D. nonprobability sampling
2. _____ sampling occurs when units are selected on the basis of pre-specified characteristics.
A. Snowball
B. Quota
C. Purposive
D. Probability
3. _____ describes a sample whose aggregate characteristics closely approximate the aggregate
characteristics of the population.
A. Exclusion
B. Probability sampling
C. EPSEM
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D. Representativeness
4. When is survey research the best method available?
A. when collecting original data
B. when describing a population too large to observe directly
C. when measuring attitudes
D. all the above
5. When you use field research, you’re confronted with
A. decisions about the role you’ll play as an observer.
B. relationship with the people you are observing.
C. both above choices
D. neither of the above choices
6. Which of the following is (are) a type(s) of unobtrusive research methods?
A. content analysis
B. analysis of existing statistics
C. comparative and historical research
D. all the above
7. Existing statistics should always be considered a _____ source of data.
A. primary
B. supplemental
C. tertiary
D. all the above
E. none of the above
8. Which of the following are usually qualitative?
A. field research
B. comparative and historical research
C. both above
D. none of the above
9. Which of the following is (are) a way(s) a researcher may look for patterns in a research topic?
A. frequencies
B. magnitudes
C. structures
D. all the above
10. To conduct a quantitative analysis, researchers often must engage in a _____ after the data
have been collected.
A. coding process
B. case-oriented analysis
C. experimental analysis
D. field research study
Part II Short Question (5pts)
1. Calculate the standard error (deviation) of a sample size (n=400) with P (50 or 0.5)
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Part III Short Question (10pts)
1) Provide a bivariate table (2 variables) through accessing one of the GSS links: Https:
//sda.berkeley.edu/archive.htm OR https: //gssdataexplorer.norc.org/. Place the table in the
empty space below, and provide a brief explanation.