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Course:Elements of Statistics and Research Methodology
Instructor: B S Dayasagar / Usashi Chatterjee / Sudipta Biswas
Room: G16
Level: Postgraduate
Time: Currently offered
Past Exams

Syllabus: Methods of data collection; Scales of measurement; Presentation of data graphical and tabular; Frequency tables, histogram, frequency curves; Measures of central tendency and dispersion; Correlation and regression analysis; Curve fitting. Probability: Concepts: Classical and axiomatic, properties of a probability measure; conditional probability, etc. Independent events, random variable, discrete and continuous random variable, distribution function, probability density functions. Discrete probability distributions: Binomial, Poisson, and geometric and negative binomial distributions. Continuous probability distributions; exponential, normal and lognormal distributions. Testing of hypotheses: z-test & t-test, and Goodness-of-fit test, Confidence intervals. Research concept, meaning, need and process of research; types of research: fundamental and applied including inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approach. Research Design conceptualization and operationalization; Identification and formulation of problems; Hypothesis; Nominal and operational definition, ethic aspects; Writing research proposals. Literature search. Reviewing of articles. Research Methods scientific, historical, descriptive, survey methods, case studies, Delphi & experimental methods. Research Techniques and Tools sampling and methods sampling; Tools for data gathering -- Questionnaire, interview, observation, library records and reports etc. Research Reporting structure, style, concepts, guidelines for research reporting, style manuals Chicago, MLA, APA etc. Current Trends in Library & Information Science Research. Use of statistical package: SPSS or SAS or any other well-tested and proven packages.

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Midterm Exam 40 marks
Final Exam 60 marks
Total 100 marks

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Past Exams
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