Sunday, July 25, 2010

OUM PhD (BA) students Gathering at OUM Main Campus

Tan Sri Dr. Anuwar Ali addressing the students

Here's the video clip of Tan Sri's speech:

About 20 PhD (BA) students attended today's monthly gathering to observe one of the fellow course mates Ms. Meena, to present her preliminary QE proposal. The session was chaired by Associate Prof. Dr. Chung (deputy CGS director) and was also attended by Dr. Rosmah, who is the new Program Coordinator.

Meena presenting her proposal

Dr. Chung (in Jacket) listening attentively to Meena's presentation

Dr. Rosmah has replaced Prof. Ghazali, who has since been promoted as CGS Director. The students were fortunate today because the President/Vice Chancellor of OUM, YBhg Tan Sri Dr. Anuwar Ali was there to provide some positive advice. Also present, Prof. Dr. Rosli, Vice President of OUM, Prof. Ramli Bahroom, Financial Controller of OUM and Associate Prof. Dr. Santhi Ragavan, Director of Center of Students Management.

Part of the students who attended today's gathering

Dr. Santhi was introducing some of the PhD students to the top management of OUM

After the brief talk by President, Dr. Santhi provided a session on how to prepare for Viva.

Statistics Without Maths

One of the books recommended by Dr. Chung (Deputy Director of CGS) who attended today's gathering cum discussion session at OUM KL is "Statistics Withfor PhD students out Maths" to help them understand how to deal with stats without going deep into the technical issues.

The description posted in the Pearson website about this book is as follows:

Statistics Without Maths for Psychology is an essential companion to any psychology course, guiding students through the process of using statistics without mathematical formulae. It provides the tools to use SPSS and gives clear but comprehensive explanations of all the statistical concepts needed. This text offers students the opportunity to test their knowledge and practice their skills with activities, exercises and multiple choice questions, and is packed with up-to-date examples, “discussion points” and handy tips to aid them in their studies.


1. Variables and research design

2. Introduction to SPSS for Statistics

3. Descriptive statistics

4. Probability, sampling and distributions

5. Hypothesis testing and statistical significance

6. Correlational analysis: Pearson's r

7. Analyses of differences between two conditions: the t-test

8. Issues of significance

9. Measures of association

10. Analysis of differences between three or more conditions: one-factor ANOVA

11. Analysis of variance with more than one IV

12. Regression analysis

13. Analysis of three of more groups partialling out effects of a covariate

14. Introduction to factor analysis

15. Introduction to multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA)

16. Non-parametric statistics


New features to this edition:

* Full guidance on using the latest version 15 of SPSS as well as earlier versions 10-14
* A brand new chapter provides a clear introduction to the SPSS software before you start
* Up-to date examples from the literature keep you informed of current research
* A revised preface will guide you through how to use the new edition and web resources more effectively
* Answers to multiple choice questions are now included at the end of each chapter to allow you to test yourself easily and quickly

Plus a brand new companion website with expanded and interactive features including;

* An interactive hyperlinked flow chart guiding you through each step of choosing an analyses
* An expanded bank of Multiple Choice Questions allowing you to test your knowledge of each chapter
* Case studies with data sets and questions for each chapter to allow you to put what you’ve learnt into practice


Friday, July 23, 2010

Gathering of PhD students at OUM Main Campus - 25th July 2010

Posted by Chia Bee Ching:

Dear All

For the 25th July gathering/discussion session at GA01 seminar room, we are having a junior member Meenaskshi to present her progress report and hopefully a senior member to reveal his/her QE success journey.

We have invited Assoc Prof Dr Santhi Ragavan, ex-doctoral seminar facilitator and currently the Director of Centre for Student Management(CSM) to give a short motivation talk on how to pass QE and Viva without fear or tear .

This Sunday there is a OUM Alumni meeting at the Theatrette (Next to room GA01) and Dr Santhi is in the organizing committee. If possible, Dr Santhi is likely to invite OUM President/Vice Chancellor, Tan Sri Dr. Anuwar Ali at around 10.00 -10.30am to come and meet us. Meanwhile, as Prof Ghazali will be away for his daughter Izyan's wedding ceremony in Penang this weekend, Dr Chung, the deputy CGS Director and Dr Rosmah ,our new Coordinator for Phd (BA) will also be joining our discussion session.

Looking forward to meeting you all for the 5th informal gathering/discussion session and to welcome our new Coordinator Dr Rosmah.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

3rd OUM PhD Colloquium - Aug 7 & 8, 2010

Calling all Post Graduate Learners of OUM. The Center for Graduate Studies of Open University Malaysia will be organizing the colloquium for all post graduate students on August 7 & 8, 2010.

Tentative Schedule:

Please click on the picture to enlarge it

Colloquium Format:

1. Key-note address:

Title: Innovation and Excellence in Research
Speaker: Datuk Ir (Dr) Hj. Ahmad Zaidee Laidin, Academy of Science Malaysia

2. Seminar & Workshop:

Instrumentation in Questionnaire Survey
AP. Dr. Nagarajah Lee (OUM),AP. Dr. Saodah Wok (UIA), Dr Sathiamoorthy Kannan (UM) & Dr. Soon Seng Thah (EPRD)

3. Student Presentation

4 – 6 PhD students awaiting their VIVA will share their research with their peers.

Guidelines for paper presentation by students
a. Mode of presentation: Powerpoint
b. Aspects to be covered:

1. Objectives of the study
2. Research questions and/or hypotheses
3. Significance of the study
4. Methodology
* Research method/Design
* Population & sample/Participants
* Data collection procedures
* Framework of analysis
* Results & Findings

c. Time frame: 45 minutes

* Oral Presentation (30 minutes)
* Question & Answer and Panel Feedback (15 minutes)


RM150 per participant
* Registration fees include morning and afternoon tea break, lunches and colloquium materials.

All cash payments can only be made at the OUM Main Campus, Jalan Tun Ismail. All cheques, money orders and postal orders, made payable to UNITEM, should be sent to:

3rd PhD Colloquium,
Centre for Graduate Studies,
Open University Malaysia,
Jalan Tun Ismail,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
(Att. Cik Marlina bt Mahadzir)

To ensure that your participation at the colloquium is confirmed, please make your payment ON or BEFORE 20 July 2010.

Online Registration: Click here