This week should be the 6th week of my Ph.D 1st semester. I just finished the class KOM 6117 Research Design this evening from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. I pushed off straight from my school circa 12.00 p.m. (already asked for the permission of the school management and covered my whole classes via “buy-and-sell trading” with my colleague).
Damn, I am nervous! Well, writing blog is a therapy for me to counter that! LMAO!
At this point, I am quite nervous and worry. Which is a good sign – that I am actually realizing the reality. KOM 6117 is a good class to guide all of us the Ph.D candidates on how to plan our research. This week, a coursemate explained about how to integrate theory and research which was written by Salwen. She elaborated good points such as :-
- How to ask Good Questions?;
- Refining Operational Definitions;
- The Importance of Research Questions.
Dr. Hamisah, who happened to teach me Integrated Marketing Communication during my Master’s Degree programme (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/integrated-marketing-communication-kom-5325-presentation-nikes-dilemma-the-tiger-woods-sex-scandal/) is teaching us in KOM 6117. I concurred with what she said in the class just now – Ph.D is a different game and it’s not merely a nice-sugarcoating write up. It is about challenging and adding to the betterment of the existing knowledge.
Katherine Miller, the “Mother Hub of Communication” as per what Dr. Hamisah described.
We talked about Salwen at class just now.
AND that what makes me so cold feet! I feel like I am so left out from the other Ph.D candidates. They all seemed so empowered with their background reading and prior knowledge. Evidently, they have been doing a lot of homework! I can’t deny that I am feeling the pressure tonight (that’s why I am siphoning this in my blog; which has been DEAD for months!) but I take this as positive enlightenment; albeit in sharper ways.
Based from my tete-a-tete with Prof. Muati. He asked me to look into “exigence” and its significance in rhetoric.
I like what Dr. Hamisah probed in the class. Work on my Research Questions! Asking the “WHY & HOW”s and plan the whole flow of the research. Since I intend to do Qualitative on rhetoric, I should decipher more in these questions. By writing these in my blog, I am recapping what she said and hopefully would seep into my head (because when you rewrite your notes, they are bound to etch in your memory) – among other things that she highlighted are :-
- Seek the difference between Positivist and Post-Positivist;
- Qualitative deals with mostly themes and coding;
- Conceptualization is segregated into TWO (literature definition & Operational definition) – for Qualitative, the former ought to be prioritized;
The 5 Classic Rhetorical Canons – popularized by Aristotle, the Godfather of Rhetoric.
I also like the 5 simplified list given by Hanani, my coursemate on how to “kick-off” your research. Ask yourself these 5 questions :-
- State 2 sentences or in 50 words what issues that make you angry / curious / enthusiastic? (RESEARCH TOPIC);
- Write “The Purpose of this proposed study is to…..” (PROBLEM STATEMENT);
- Why is it worth to be studied? (SIGNIFICANCE);
- How the questions to be solved? (METHODOLOGY).
Prof. Muati also asked me to look for Burke as well as he was said to be improvising the Neo-Aristotelian method with his own modified version called “Burkean”.
I have to say all these gist of discussion seeps inside me as I am now at UPM Library (taking a break from reading a good thesis which I think similar with what I intend to do) and THAT feeling of giddiness stopped me from going back to Batang Kali after the class (Ahh, my favorite “Quantico” is on AXN every Mondays. Well, there is always a repeated airtime, no? Hahah! Priyanka Chopra can wait! Ph.D is MORE IMPORTANT!).
I came across this technique in one of the theses I read which dwell on rhetoric. Apparently, “Monroe’s Motivated Sequence” is wildly used in persuasive speeches!
In referring to my previous entry on Siti Nurhaliza (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/gggoooodbbyye-sitii-nuurhaliza-the-country-bumpkin-diva-the-ph-d-revolution-new-discussion-new-direction-image-restoration-image-persuasive-rhetorical-communication/) and the possible research topic (1MDB; gasp! too controversial, no?), I am thinking of a new topic. I like what Dr. Hamisah stressed on how all of us Ph.D aspirants are so “sentimental” about certain topics that are close to our hearts and we always want to push that ideas although they are not doable, no? She reminded us TO BE REALISTIC.
5 steps to make people kowtow to you – genuflect, show some respect! Haha!
Which is very valuable advice. Ahhhhh, I am quite in chaotic place now but I can do this. I choose this. And I am here to stay, Insya ALLAH.