7400.685-080 - Research Methods in FCS
School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Spring Semesters - Tuesday Evenings 5:20-7:55pm in 209 Schrank Hall South
Instructor: David D. Witt, Ph.D.

Take Home Exam 1 Covering material through Week 4
Your job is to answer each of the questions below in a paragraph (about a 1/3 to 1/2 typed page for each question).  
Check the online notes first, followed by text assignments

1. Define science three ways.
2. What are assumptions in the scientific sense?
3. Briefly explain the goals or functions of science.
4. What is meant by the term "cumulative nature of science"?
5. Explain the importance of research having a theoretical base?
6. Explain the basic ideas behind Wallace's Wheel.
7. List and briefly define the categories, or "parts" of the research process.
8. Explain the difference between basic research and applied research.
9. In a nutshell, explain human ecology theory.
10. Why is human ecology theory the perfect theoretical orientation for FCS?
11. Go through the specific areas of FCS and give one example of how human ecology theory can inform and benefit understanding for each area.
12.Explain the term "operationalization of a concept".
13. Explain how a researcher would operationalize the following theoretical hypothesis: As people get older they become more opinionated.
14. Define a measurement scale as explained in the readings.
15. Define Validity and Reliability in terms that relate to each other.
16. Demonstrate your understanding of the four types of validity.
17. Demonstrate your understanding of the four types of reliability.
18. What is the basic difference between a Concept and a Variable? Define both and compare.
19. What is the difference between a dependent variable and an independent variable?
20. What is the difference between a continuous and a discrete variable?
21. Define a moderator variable and an intervening variable.
22. Give two examples not given in your readings for the four levels of measurement.