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碩士論文計畫英文口試訓練--應外所 Ilisa
by 徐碧霙 2009-05-31 20:39:07, Reply(11), Views(1150)

 

 

口試前愛的小叮嚀:

1.     多花點時間解釋 experimental design

2.     務必提供 questionnaire(s)

3.     解釋 sample items of the questionnaires

4.     詳細解說研究步驟 (procedures)

 

 

 

Reply(11)

 

Thesis Proposal Defense Oral Examination Rehearsal Evaluation Form

 

Date: June 1, 2009

Presenter: Ilisa Chiou

Thesis Topic: Curriculum Design and Assessment: Do Employers and Colleges See Eye to Eye?

Evaluator: Jenny Chen

 

Criteria:

 

1.      Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

        This is a very interesting research. I personally feel that there is a need for educational institutions to explore the perceptions of the employers to help designing or modifying their courses to better assist students in their future career.

 

2.      Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

        The presenter seemed to be familiar with the literature in her field. She was confident and included clear literature and explanations. However, I do think she could add more to the literature review.

 

3.      Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

        Although quite difficult to conduct, the methods seem adequate to provide valid experimental data.

 

4.      Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

        The proposed experimental design seems to provide valid data; it covers the perceptions of both the curriculum committee members and the employers.

 

5.      Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

        Yes, the proposed statistical procedures seem to be quite adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data.

 

6.      Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

conciseness and clarity of the presentation

-  slides 16 and 17 is a little unclear

-  clear examples of questionnaire on slides 21 and 22

-  clear explanations of the quesitonnaire

correct language

-  some grammatical and pronunciation errors in speaking

-  on slide 18, “no important/satisfied” should be “not important/satisfied”

quality of the slides

-   good ppt background

-   good design of ppt

-   cute pictures

-   excellent animations on slide 15 and 20

answering of the questions

-   great!

use of time

-   good use of time

 

 

Questions:

1.    Could you give us some examples of the companies our graduates are working for?

2.    How do you select curriculum committee members? How many would you recruit?

3.    Did you provide any incentives to motivate the employers to fill out the questionnaire? Or any gifts to thank them? (I am just curious)

 

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Comments/Suggestions

-  well-dressed!

-  various types of jobs may affect the ranking of the importance of certain skills, so you should take that into consideration (as suggested in class)

-  it’s a very difficult survey, good luck!

 

 

1. Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

I believe this is a useful topic but  a hard work thesis, too. The presenter clearly point out the gaps of this research area. Therefore, I think it makes a significant contribution to school and yourself.

 

2. Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

Yes! Presenter shows a significant and updates literature of her field.

 

3. Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

The methods are absolutely good. But it will be hard to process.

 

4. Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

Yes!

 

5. Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

 Yes, however, it is not enough for only one analysis (t test) to conduct whole experiment in my opinion.

 

6. Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

 

- conciseness and clarity of the presentation

Great visual aids!

Excellent ppt design and well organized for the procedure

- correct language

Okay!

- quality of the slides

Clear explanation in slide 14 to 20

PPT background is quite good

- answering of the questions

excellent

- use of time

Good!

 

Questions:

1.      Do you design a questionnaire for committee members?

2.      From your questionnaire, some of questionnaires are not suitable for your participant, because you couldn’t set an equal stander to your committee’s job. For example, in page 4 (questionnaire), Q11 is testing their mathematical ability of satisfaction or some questions are testing their computer and negotiation ability but their work don’t need these abilities. Do you think it is qualify for their employer to judge their ability? If not, how do you conduct this problem?

Comments/Suggestions

- For questionnaire, I think that puts the background information in last part would be more appropriate.

- In slide 18, “participant” part shouldn’t be “questionnaire”. Also, if “no important” can change into “not important”, it will be more appreciate. In my opinion, using “strongly agree and strongly disagree” is better than former.

- Nice dress.

Criteria:

1. Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

It is a time-consuming but significant challenge to conduct this study because the researcher is confronted with many difficulties. It would definitely be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge if the challenge were successfully conquered.

2. Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

Yes, she gives reasonable evidence which is up to date and indicates the gap between employers and colleges.

3. Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

It is unlikely possible to attain valid experimental data because there has a difficulty in recruiting participants effectively.

4. Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

It would be better to show the number of participants and the questionnaire design for the curriculum committee members.

5. Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

Yes, she shows clear procedures.

6. Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

  - conciseness and clarity of the presentation

Great!

  - correct language

There are some grammatical mistakes.

  - quality of the slides

Professional designs. (I like it very much)

  - answering of the questions

Some of the procedures should be ruminated.

  - use of time

3 mins left

Questions:

1.      How many curriculum committee members will be recruited in the study?

2.      How will you revise the questionnaires design since the original questionnaire includes so many questions?

Comments/Suggestions

The design of PPT is quite attractive and professional.

You have improved a lot in delivering presentation.

1.      Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

Yes. It is an interesting and meaningful research topic.

2.      Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

It seemed that Illisa is familiar with her research; moreover, she updated the literature review in slide #9 and time.

3.      Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

This research is really difficult to conduct, but the proposed methods provide valid

experimental data.

4.      Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

The readers only know that who the participants are, but we do not know the numbers

of them from the PPT. She should indicate the numbers of participants.

5.      Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

Yes. She will use rank, frequency percentage, and T-test to compare the importance of skills and Employers’ perception.

6.      Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

conciseness and clarity of the presentation

abundant visual aids

correct language

some pronunciation errors in delivering

quality of the slides

l   from slide #14 to #17 are very clear

l   a little mistake in slide #18

answering of the questions

well-explanation

use of time

3 minutes left

 

  Questions:

How many participants of graduated college students and curriculum committee members in your research?

 

Comments/Suggestions

First of all, Illisa dressed up formally, and she showed the confidence on herself. I thought this research is meaningful for our department, but it is a difficult research because the research scope is too huge.

1.      Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

 

This is a very interesting research. It will help a lot for our department in the future.

2.      Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

She was confident when explaining the literature parts.

 

3.      Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

Yes, the methods provide a valid experimental data. But it’ll be hard to collect the data.

 

4.  Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

   Absolutely, the participants in this study included employers and curriculum committee members.

5.  Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

  Yes, I think the proposed statistical procedures could provide valid interpretation of experimental data.

6. Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

       

- conciseness and clarity of the presentation

Clear.

- correct language

Good.

- quality of the slides

Slide14,15,16,17,18,19,

20,23,24,25 is good

- answering of the questions

Good

- use of time

Good


Questions:

1.       Do you have a questionnaire for the committee members or you’re going to have an interview?

2.      How many committee members are going to participate in your study?

 

Comments/Suggestions

 

-         Show confidence

-         You improve a lot in your pronunciation

-         Well dressed.

 

1.      Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

Yes. Ilisa’s research topic is quite interesting and useful for students of our department.

 

2.      Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

She provided recent literature for her research. And I believe that she had been read the significant literature in her field.

 

3.      Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

This research is not easy to run, and I think there is a little bit problem for analyzing the questionnaire.

 

4.      Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

I think the questionnaire is a little bit too general. It seems that she didn’t consider about the participants may have different career; different career needs different skills, therefore, the answers of the participants will probably be very not alike.

 

5.      Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

I think the answer is yes.

 

6.      Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

conciseness and clarity of the presentation

Good

correct language

Fine but could be better

quality of the slides

Clear

answering of the questions

Good

use of time

Good


Questions:

As I mentioned above, do you think the differences of participants’ career might affect your result?

 

Comments/Suggestions

This topic is really interesting! I am expecting to know the result of this research. It is not an easy job for finding the participants. Cheer up!

Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

This study carries a splendid significance to all the students on campus not only in CYUT. Hope it will successfully be done.

2.      Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

In slides 9 to 13, they surely provide sufficient information for the audience to get the ideas and necessity of conducting this research.

3.      Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

Numbers shall talk. In slide 14, through the two sides of the employers and on-going students, it could accomplish the data collection.

4.      Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

In slides 19 to 22, we could see the essential items of this study for the questionnaire, so it seems clear to realize this study.

5.      Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

To choose more appropriate tools of analyzing the collected data would be more solid for your study in the future.

6.      Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

Good timing and the ppt design in slides 14 to 20 is really visually effective.

The way to answer the questions is practical based on your real experience.

Good job and keep going. Good luck.

 Questions:

In slide 23, is it appropriate to use SPSS to prescribe the two items, rank and frequency percentage?

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Comments/Suggestions

1.    Pronunciation should be paid more attention.

 

What is most important of all is that I have listened to your presentation for two times, and the two performances have been totally different. Almost all the weaknesses have been corrected.

1.      Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

 

You provided the background of the research and clear purposed. Good for you. !!!!

 

 

2.      Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

 

Yes, you have updated the literature review! God for you!!!  Yor are familiar with the literature review.

 

3.      Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

 

Yes, you have the reliability of the questionnaire of the instrument. Good for you.

 

4.  Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

 

As Stan mentioned, the questionnaire seemed too general.

 

5. Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

 

Yes, you applied descaritive annalysis and t-test. Goof for you.

 

- conciseness and clarity of the presentation

Good

- correct language

Ok

- quality of the slides

             Good

- answering of the questions

Ok

- use of time

Good

 

Comment and questions:

How to choose the participants? How many participants will you use?

You showed your confidence.

Dear Ilisa,

Here is my response for you~^^~

Criteria:

1.      Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

Yes, I think the proposed research problem will be a significant contribution to English teaching field. It also will solve a BIG problem for school.

2.      Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

Yes, you did a clear review of curriculum and employment.

3.      Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

It will be better if you offered the questionnaires for curriculum committee members.

4.      Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

In my opinion, the research design is good with the detailed explanation.

5.      Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

Well, if you could claim your research for data analysis, it will be better for us to suggest it is good enough or not.

6.      Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

- conciseness and clarity of the presentationThe clear presentation with confidence is great

- correct languageYes

        - quality of the slidesThe PPT is quiet good and clear, I love it!

        - answering of the questionsGood

        - use of timeGood (3’ left)

 

 Questions:

1. Do you have any ideas for getting more questionnaires from employers?

2. There is one way of getting questionnaires that taking from the graduated students, do you think the graduated students would like to give the questionnaires to employers and let employers evaluate them?

3. How many curriculum committee members are there in your research? Where are they from? e.g. from CYUT.

 

Comments/Suggestions

You chose an interesting and quite good topic for your research; however, I really worried about the percentage of retaking questionnaires (I did the working of retaking questionnaires from graduated students, it’s really a HARD work!). I discussed with Teacher Teresa, and I suggested that you may make the criteria for graduated students. For example, you set the students who graduated from CYUT during 2006 to 2009. It may effectively promote the percentage of retaking questionnaires. I wish it could give you some ideas for your research. ^^

To Dear Illisa,

1.   Will the proposed research problem, if successfully carried out, be a significant contribution to this area of knowledge, deserving of an M.S. degree?

Yes, I totally think that if it successfully carried out, this could do a big contribution in the graduate college students and the teachers and the bosses.

2.      Does the presentation give reasonable evidence that the student is familiar with significant literature in his/her field?

Yes, she pointed out the gap, and the needs.

3.      Are the proposed methods adequate to provide valid experimental data?

Yes, she uses very clear methodology.

4.      Will the proposed experimental design provide valid data applicable to the proposed research problem?

I can not see the reliability and validity of this instrument.

5.      Are the proposed statistical procedures adequate to provide valid interpretation of experimental data?

Yes, it’s simple and clear and with powerful questionnaire that is from school.

6.      Is the oral presentation clear and professional?

conciseness and clarity

of the presentation

Can do better if knows more on your research field

correct language

Wrong pronunciation in slide 8 “aspect”

quality of the slides

Clear

answering of the questions

Ok

use of time

3 minutes left

 

 Questions:

1.    What’s the reliability and validity of your questionnaire? For how many times and years that this questionnaire has been conducted at CYUT?

2.    Why you use T-test? Is that any reason that you use this method?

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Comments/Suggestions

1.    No smile

2.    Slow speed

3.    Formal dress

4.     I suggest you use subtitle in slide 10, 12, and 13.

5.    Powerful voice, it’s good.

6.    Too old literature review in slide 9. Is he a famous researcher?

7.    Grammatical mistake in slide 14 – participant”s” and instrument”s”

8.    I like your pictures in your presentation

9.    It’s very difficult to collect your questionnaire. Good luck!

10. At the end of your questionnaire, I suggest that you should tell the boss that this questionnaire can bring your company a VERY BIG HELP! First, let the boss knows that your purpose is to help them not ask them to give you time to fill only the questionnaire. You can tell the boss that if he finished filling the questionnaire, you can analysis the date result, so that it can help the company to clear know what the company really need. And the most important  you can tell the boss that this survey is FOR FREE! Hope it minimize the refusing.

Thanks for the very good, powerful, useful, and helpful comments and suggestions from my dear lovely classmates. I will try my best to insist on the research with your kindness help and encouragement. Here are my answers to my peers’ questions.

 

For Jenny,

1. Could you give us some examples of the companies our graduates are working for?

Actually, that is privacy of the graduates and our department. I am sorry that I can not provide the information online.

2. How do you select curriculum committee members? How many would you recruit?

The numbers and members of the curriculum committee will be nominated by our faculty, not selected by me.

3.  Did you provide any incentives to motivate the employers to fill out the questionnaire? Or any gifts to thank them? (I am just curious)

No, I will not provide any incentive. Maybe I will accept Crystal’s suggestion to explain the importance of the questionnaire to the employers. That is a great method.

 

For Irene,

1.  Do you design a questionnaire for committee members?

   No, I will not design a questionnaire for the curriculum committee members. I will select the importance parts from the questionnaire to them.

2.  From your questionnaire, some of questionnaires are not suitable for your participant, because you couldn’t set an equal stander to your committee’s job. For example, in page 4 (questionnaire), Q11 is testing their mathematical ability of satisfaction or some questions are testing their computer and negotiation ability but their work don’t need these abilities. Do you think it is qualify for their employer to judge their ability? If not, how do you conduct this problem?

   Thanks for you opinions. Yes, some questions are not suitable; however, due to the reliability, the questionnaire mandated by CYUT should be used in my research. In addition, if the employers can not evaluate the employees’ abilities because the employees do not apply the abilities on their job, the employers can let the questions blank and mention the reason on that part. But I need to clarify that the curriculum members just need to evaluate the importance of all skills.

 

For Patty,

How many participants of graduated college students and curriculum committee members in your research?

First, my participants will be the employers who hired the students from our Department and the numbers and members of the curriculum committee will be nominated by our faculty.

 

For Paulinna,

1.  Do you have a questionnaire for the committee members or you’re going to have an interview?

    Yes, I will select the important parts from the original questionnaire for the committee members to evaluate. And the last part will be a opened question to ask the suggestions from them.

2.  How many committee members are going to participate in your study?

The numbers and members of the curriculum committee will be nominated by our faculty, not selected by me.

 

For Stan,

As I mentioned above, do you think the differences of participants’ career might affect your result?

Thanks for your comments. I do think about the question. Yes, I agree that the participants’ career might affect my result, so maybe I will divide the results into two parts, business field and teaching field. Hope that will be helpful for our Department and let the research more integrity.

 

For Andrew,

In slide 23, is it appropriate to use SPSS to prescribe the two items, rank and frequency percentage?

I am not familiar with the statistics, and you are so smart that kick the point. In this part, I change the data analysis to descriptive statistics. Hopefully, I will clarify and understand it in my summer vacation.

 

For Lynn,

How to choose the participants?

The participants will be the employers who hire the graduates from Department of Applied Foreign Language of CYUT.

How many participants will you use?

300 copies of questionnaire. That is my dream number and I will try my best.

 

For Vivian,

1. Do you have any ideas for getting more questionnaires from employers?

Yes, I will do it by myself to encounter every difficulty. (crying…)

2. There is one way of getting questionnaires that taking from the graduated students, do you think the graduated students would like to give the questionnaires to employers and let employers evaluate them?

Dear Vivian, you are so smart to know the most important part of my study.

Yes, that is a big problem for the questionnaire collection. I have to say that thanks for the help from our faculty and Dr. Hong. They ask a undergraduate to help me to collect the information. Although there is a long long way to go, I will do it. (crying again….)

3. How many curriculum committee members are there in your research? Where are they from? e.g. from CYUT.

The numbers and members of the curriculum committee will be nominated by our faculty, not selected by me.

 

For Crystal,

1.  What’s the reliability and validity of your questionnaire? For how many times and years that this questionnaire has been conducted at CYUT?

The questionnaire is designed by CYUT, so the reliability and validity will be enough in my research. This is the first time to survey the perceptions from the employers and this is the first time to use the questionnaire.

2.     Why you use T-test? Is that any reason that you use this method?

You are so smart to know my weakness is statistics. I will utilize my long summer vacation to focus on the statistics and make my research complete. BTW, I do appreciate your suggestions at the last part. It is useful.

 

Actually, I do want to cry after viewing your suggestions. Again, Thanks for Jenny’s useful comments, Irene and Stan’s good questions on the questionnaire, Patty and Jeffrey’s encouragement on my PPT design, Paulinna’s help, encouraging me from Andrew and Lynn, Vivian’s great ideas on collect the questionnaires, and Crystal wonderful explain to the employers. I do believe they will be the most useful and helpful ideas for my further study. Thanks again.    

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