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UTM UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MALAYSIA UHB2422: ADVANCED ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC COMMUNICATION Lecturer: Miss Shazwani Abd Rahman.

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1 UTM UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MALAYSIA UHB2422: ADVANCED ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC COMMUNICATION Lecturer: Miss Shazwani Abd Rahman

2 2 ASSESSMENT Proposal Presentation (5%) – Wk1 Research Instruments (5%) – Wk2 1 st Draft of Report (10%) – Wk3 Consultations (Ind.)(10%) – on-going 2 nd Draft of Report (10%) – Wk4 Quiz (Ind.)(10%) – Wk4 Report Presentation (Ind.) (10%) – Wk5 Final Report (10%) – Wk5 Final Exam (30%) TOTAL (100%)

3 3 LET’S GET STARTED!

4 WHAT IS RESEARCH PROBLEM? Research problem is a statement that has academic value that solving it will achieve one or more of the following: – Enhancing knowledge/ improving understanding of a particular subject (i.e. from not-knowing, or from knowing less to knowing more) – Improving quality of life (e.g. safety, health, mobility) – Increasing productivity or efficiency (i.e. getting/doing more with similar resources) – Improving process (i.e. reducing wastage) 4

5 5 Journey to a complete research report

6 RESEARCH REPORT WRITING 6 to communicate findings of a research/experiment Purpose internal/external Audience proof of research activity Value a well-written report indicates the quality of the research Place of language

7 CHALLENGES: QUALITY OF WRITING Clarity – when others can follow your ideas. Coherence – when thoughts are hang together. Logic – when sequence is valid. 7 Resistance Acceptance Ideas Clarity, Coherence, Logic

8 UTM UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MALAYSIA Research Proposal 8

9 Research Proposal? To seek fundingTo persuade

10 COMPONENTS IN RESEARCH PROPOSAL 10 1. Background of the Study 7. Methodology 2. Statement of Problem 3. Objectives of Study 4. Research Questions 5. Significance of the Study 6. Scope of the Study

11 Backgrou nd of the Study What calls upon the need for the research? Statemen t of the Problem Problem Statement = Current situation + GAP (diff. between CURRENT & IDEAL) + Cost/Consequence + Proposal Objectiv es Aims or goals of the study Research Questions List questions that you need to find answers to. Significan ce Benefits of carrying out the research Scope Area of the research Methodolo gy Processes in gathering primary data (answer to research questions). 11

12 Work out a proposal for your chosen research topic and present it to your class. 12

13 CHAPTER 1 Introduction 13

14 14 1. BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY “… provides readers with essential background info of the relationship [1:126] between specific topic of research and the general area of study”

15 15 (cont.) Background of the Study General context Statistics Historical development Specific statements Findings made by other researches Statement for more research Address the issue that you’re investigating

16 Language Conventions - Background of the Study- Simple present & present perfect tense are most commonly used 16 “Being in a non-earthquake zone, buildings in Singapore are usually designed without considering earthquake conditions. But with an increase in earthquake occurences in Sumatra recently, there is a growing awareness of the damaging effects of ground tremors on buildings, structures and reclaimed land. “ Present Perfect Tense - happened in the past up until now Simple Present Tense - general/factual

17 “In the past few years, the Internet has proven to be a huge and powerful media for users to access and retrieve information fast and free of charge.” 17 Language Conventions - Background of the Study- “In the last decade, extensive deployment of GPS satellites to give satellite coverage has made GPS a superior global space-based positioning.”

18 Sometimes the simple past tense is also used especially when you wanted to indicate specific time in the past. This happens when you start background of the study by giving historical background. “Optical fibres were first used in laser Doppler velocimeter for the measurement of average localised blood flow velocity in 1975.” 18 Language Conventions - Background of the Study- Passive Simple Past Tense

19 19 2.Statement of Problem To define the issue or problem investigated in the study Heart of a good thesis

20 When do you have a problem? When there is a GAP between current situation and ideal situation. 20 Ideal Situation Current Situation GAP Knowledge Understanding Solution QUESTIONS What? (what didn’t we know?) Why? (Why it happen?) How? (How to solve) (cont.) Statement of Problem

21 How to prove a problem exist? Since a problem is a GAP between current and ideal situations, you need to provide: 1.Justification of why we need the IDEAL situation! 2.Hard facts (e.g. data, reports, etc.) as evidence to the CURRENT situation. 21

22 Structure of Problem Statement Problem Statement = Current situation + GAP (diff. between CURRENT & IDEAL) + Cost/Consequence + Proposal 22

23 What is a GOOD problem statement? “inform the readers of the current situation & make the readers aware of the negative impact of the problem as well as the consequences of not solving the problem” Should end with a hypothesis/proposal. 23

24 Example of good problem statement Many engineers belief that car accidents are the result of poor road conditions. They fail to take into account the behavior of the drivers as the contributing factor. Until the engineers cease to be single-minded, car accidents can never be reduced. Car accidents are preventable when driver behaviors are clearly understood. – Current situation: – Gap: – Consequences: – Proposal: 24

25 Current Situation: – engineers belief that car accidents are the result of poor road conditions. Ideal situation: – engineers should know that car accidents happen because of poor road conditions as well as drivers’ behavior. Gap: – engineers fail to take into account the behavior of the drivers as the contributing factor to car accidents. Consequences: – until the engineers cease to be single-minded, car accidents can never be reduced. Proposal: – car accidents are preventable when driver behaviors are clearly understood. 25

26 26 In an ideal setting, a student's grade in a course should be a judgment of the student's knowledge in that subject area. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Many teachers use grading systems that do not reflect the student's knowledge of the topic at the end of the course. A student is often offered a single assessment event to show their mastery of a concept. If the student has not mastered the material in the allotted time, they will receive a negative grade for that unit of information. This is not an accurate view of the student’s knowledge, because they may learn more about a topic throughout the rest of the course. Retesting is a method where a student is allowed to test on a topic more than one time. As the course progresses, the student may learn the material. Retesting allows this student to show mastery of the material if they learn it after the original test. By incorporating a retest policy, the ideal situation should occur. The grade awarded to the student at the end of the semester would be an accurate assessment of the student’s knowledge of the topic.

27 27 3.Purpose of the Study To include a broad discussion on the reasons why the study was carried out and intentions of the study

28 28 4.Research Objectives To show the extent and the expected outcome of the study To begin with a leading statement followed by the objectives written in point forms

29 This section usually contains the following: – Appropriate action verb (e.g: investigate, demonstrate, determine, study) – Subject + Verb + ‘to’ + Infinitive e.g: The objective of the study [subject] is [verb] to determine [to infinitive] … 29 Language Conventions - Objective of the Study-

30 Ensure too that you must use standard and formal words and expression 30 Language Conventions - Objective of the Study- Х Informal: I want to find out if the quantity of rainfall in Malaysia is always the same in the months of June to July. √ Formal:The objective of this study is to investigate the consistency of rainfall in Malaysia in the months of June and July.

31 31 Action Verbs for Purpose/Objective To ascertain To assess To compare To decide To describe To determine To discover To evaluate To examine To explore To find out To identify To investigate To measure To present To provide To recognise To reveal

32 If you have more than one objective, it is clearer to list them. Use parallel structure – same patterns of words to show two or more ideas have the same level of importance. 32 Language Conventions - Objective of the Study- The objectives of the study are to: 1. Develop a programme to optimise the performance using recent software. 2. Create a user-friendly programme package. 3. The programme must be ensured to be effective. The objectives of this research are to: 1. develop a programme to optimise the recent software. 2. create a user-friendly programme package. 3. test the programme to ensure its effectiveness. Not parallel Parallel

33 33 5.Research Questions To guide the discussion about the topic To stimulate readers’ interests To turn the objectives of the study into research questions (refer to pg.139)

34 34 6.Significance of the Study To justify the reason for conducting the study To emphasize the potential benefits that it would bring

35 Example: “ The results of this study will provide the basis for developing better prosthetic implant to help improve pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The study is important especially for patients with cancer in the neck or head area, as they cannot use the current implants that are available.” 35 6.Significance of the Study (con’t)

36 “The data obtained from this survey should be able to prove that there is a need for the electronic road pricing systems to be extended into the evening hours.” “This study is likely to bring about change to the present system which has limitations as discussed earlier.” 36 6.Significance of the Study (con’t) Modal verb Tentative expression

37 37 7. Scope of the Study shows direction of research states boundaries or parameter of study outlines method of investigation used in study

38 38 Components in Scope What to be examined or compared Sample size Methodology Equipment / Data collection instrument Duration

39 Example: “ This study is designed to understand the use of the design- build project delivery system in interior design firms; therefore, the intent of this study is to exclusively address firms with interior design as their primary concern. A survey will be carried out which will include both firms that lead a design-build team, and firms that may not lead a design-build team but are involved in the design-build process. The results of the research conducted therefore will be collected from interior design firms and design- build projects that these firms are working on. This research does not represent the views of all organisations that use the design-build project delivery system and it does not represent clients’ (the owners’) perspectives on the projects surveyed.” 39 Scope of the Study


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