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- Do you know how to formulate objectives?

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Question 1
What characterises good specific objectives?
A
They state why the objective is important (Your answer)
B
They state where the study will take place (Your answer)
C
They specify which literature the study is based on (Your answer)
D
They specify the individual actions to be taken in order to address the research problem (Your answer)
E
They state the level of ambition for each objective (Your answer)
F
They can be used to draw conclusions from within the scope of the thesis (Your answer)
G
They point at the relevant type of study or method (Your answer)
Question 2
Which is the longest statement?
A
The problem formulation and overall objective are of equal length (Your answer)
B
My overall objective (Your answer)
C
My problem formulation (Your answer)
Question 2 Explanation: 
Yes, The problem formulation and overall objective are of equal length.
Question 3
If the overall objective (same as in two previous questions) reads: “To explore the perspectives of surveillance volunteers, community members and  focal persons in the community based disease surveillance system (CBDSS) regarding common challenges and advantages, in order to deduce possible approaches to sustain an effective CBDSS in Ghana.” Do you then consider the following specific objectives as valid or not? “To implement identified approaches for sustaining an effective CBDSS”
A
Valid (Your answer)
B
Invalid (Your answer)
Question 3 Explanation: 
You’re right, this specific objective is invalid, as it details a specific action “To implement...” that falls beyond the scope of the thesis, as outlined in the overall objective i.e. “to explore and deduce...”
Question 4
If the overall objective reads: “To explore the perspectives of surveillance volunteers, community members and  focal persons in the community based disease surveillance system (CBDSS) regarding common challenges and advantages, in order to deduce possible approaches to sustain an effective CBDSS in Ghana.” Do you then consider the following specific objectives as valid or not? “To explore the experiences and perceptions of surveillance volunteers, community members  and CBDSS focal persons in terms of challenges and advantages of the CBDSS”
A
Invalid (Your answer)
B
Valid (Your answer)
Question 4 Explanation: 
You’re right, this specific objective is valid as it details the individual action to be taken in order to address the first part of the overall objective i.e. ‘to explore the perspectives...’
Question 5
If the overall objective (same as in previous question) reads: “To explore the perspectives of surveillance volunteers, community members and  focal persons in the community based disease surveillance system (CBDSS) regarding common challenges and advantages, in order to deduce possible approaches to sustain an effective CBDSS in Ghana.” Do you then consider the following specific objectives as valid or not? To deduce possible approaches to sustain an effective CBDSS based on the perspectives of surveillance volunteers, community members and CBDSS focal persons
A
Invalid (Your answer)
B
Valid (Your answer)
Question 5 Explanation: 
You’re right; this specific objective is valid, as it details the individual action to be taken in order to address the second and main part of the overall objective i.e. ‘to deduce possible approaches...’
Question 6
How many specific objectives are suitable?  
A
5-7 (Your answer)
B
1-1 (Your answer)
C
6-8 (Your answer)
D
2-4 (Your answer)
Question 6 Explanation: 
Yes, 2-4specific objectives are suitable?
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