Thursday, January 30, 2014

What is good about Latex?

What is good about Latex?
Why would anyone use Latex? Here are some good points:
  • Superior typographic quality. The main reason I use Latex is it produces output that is, typographically, far better than any of the alternatives. Latex has excellent built-in fonts, good algorithms for automatic spacing and the ability to fine-tune the spacing arbitrarily. Bad typography gives a bad first impression and reflects poorly on the content of a document.
  • Output device independence. MS Word has (what it is considered to be) a bug, where the formatting applied to a document depends on the printer designated as "current". Latex has no such misfeatures.
  • Compatibility with revision control. Because .tex files are plain text, the revision control software can be used to remember the history of changes. Off-the-shelf revision control software has features that far exceed MS Word's built-in history mechanism.
  • Portability. Latex runs on virtually any operating system in existence. MS Word only works on Windows, and even OpenOffice does not run on all Unixes (though that is improving).
  • Document longevity. Latex documents written 10 years ago still work and still produce the same output as they did when originally written. In contrast, Microsoft uses version evolution as a strategic tool to force people to upgrade continuously, so MS Word documents are typically useful only for 3-4 years.
  • Macros and other programmatic features. Latex lets can define define macros, canned sequences of text and/or markup, that can then be used repeatedly. It's much better than copy+paste since it can be changed by changing just the definition. Even more, Latex allows people to write programs in their documents, which is handy on occasion (mostly for people who already know how to write computer programs).
  • Mathematical typesetting. Typesetting mathematics is why Tex was first created, and Latex continues to excel at this task.
If you are interested to LEARN and KNOW more about LaTeX, you can join our workshop.

The details of the workshops are as follow:

Course Title : One Day Workshop on Writing Thesis & Journal Paper with Ease using LaTeX
 Date           :  9th  February 2014 (Sunday)
Time            :  8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Venue          :  MPWS Training Centre, 63-1, 63-2, Jalan Kajang Impian 1/11,
                      Taman Kajang Impian, Seksyen 7, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor
Medium       :  English
Fee              :  RM 150 (normal rate)  - payment before or by 27th January 2014

This workshop is open to all researchers, academicians and postgraduate students from government agencies, local and international higher learning institutions, as well as private sector.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Promo Buku Mendeley

Anda mengalami masalah dalam pencarian, penyusunan dan juga penulisan sumber rujukan (reference) anda?

MENDELEY adalah penyelesaiannya! Mendeley adalah satu fenomena masa kini!

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✔Tiada lagi kejerihan untuk menulis petikan dan senarai rujukan
✔Semua kesulitan yang dialami siswazah dalam mencari dan menyusun sumber rujukan seperti sudah berakhir!
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Judul Buku: Mendeley
Pengarang: Othman Talib
Harga: RM 58 (termasuk pos) 
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Write Thesis & Paper With Ease using LaTeX

LaTeX is a document preparation system and document markup language. LaTeX uses the TeX typesetting program for formatting its output and is itself written in the TeX macro language. LaTeX is not the name of a particular editing program, but refers to the encoding or tagging conventions that are used in LaTeX documents. Almost any editing program or word-processor may be used to write LaTeX documents, although there are many editing programs written specially to make using LaTeX easy. Interactive websites and smartphone apps are increasingly generalizing and simplifying the tasks of writing documents with LaTeX. 

One of the draws of LaTeX as a piece of software and a document preparation system is its maturity. It has been used as a writing environment by a diverse community of writers for several decades. As such, it has evolved into an effective and powerful writing tool.

LaTeX is widely used in academia.  It is also used as the primary method of displaying formulas on Wikipedia. As a primary or intermediate format, e.g., translating DocBook and other XML-based formats to PDF, LaTeX is used because of the high quality of typesetting achievable by TeX. The typesetting system offers programmable desktop publishing features and extensive facilities for automating most aspects of typesetting and desktop publishing, including numbering and cross-referencing, tables and figures, page layout and bibliographies. 



The course will cover the following topics: 
1.  Typesetting document according to predefine format such as thesis, journal paper and others.
2.  Other document structures (lists, figures, images and verbatim text).
3.  Typesetting complex mathematical equations.

4.  Textual tools (footnotes, cross-references, bibliographic citations and others).
5.  Viewing and printing. 

The biodata of the speaker: 
Fairuz Abdullah is a senior lecturer in Universiti Tenaga Nasional.  He has been using LaTeX since 2005.  He started TuGUNITEN, a committee in College of Engineering meant for promoting LaTeX to staff and students of UNITEN.  He also created and maintained the TuGUNITEN, thesis class file following the format of university and exam paper format class file.  He received his doctoral degree from UNITEN in 2012 in the field of optical sensor. 

If you are interested to LEARN and KNOW more about LaTeX, you can join our workshop:

The details of the workshops are as follows: 

One Day Workshop on Writing Thesis & Journal Paper with Ease using LaTeX
Date:  9th February 2014 (Sunday)
Time:  8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Venue:  MPWS Training Centre, 63-1, 63-2, Jalan Kajang Impian 1/11,
Taman Kajang Impian, Seksyen 7, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor
Medium: English

Fee:  RM 150 (normal rate)  - payment before or by 27th January 2014
        RM 200 (normal rate)  - payment from 28th January 2014 until closing date 

You don't want to MISS the early bird rate.

This workshop is open to all researchers, academicians and postgraduate students from government agencies, local and international higher learning institutions, as well as private sector.

Registration fees cover refreshments and lunch. All fees must be fully paid before the commencement of the course. Otherwise, participants will not be allowed to enter the lecture hall.

For registration and more information, please go to the following link:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Zero Draft of Thesis

Salam sejahtera,
Izinkan saya berkongsi mengenai 10 ciri Zero Draft of Thesis (ZDOT) - Teknik Efisyen Penulisan Tesis dengan Navigation Pane / Document Map dan Mendeley atau lebih dikenali sebagai ZDOT yang merupakan buku terbaru terbitan MPWS Rich Resources dan kini telah berada di pasaran.

Untuk makluman anda, ZDOT adalah buku yang menunjukkan langkah-langkah penyediaan 10 ciri ZDOT yang lengkap iaitu:
1. Penyediaan Headings
2. Pengurusan Chapter
3. Pembinaan Caption
4. Pengurusan artikel, citation dan biblografi
5. Fungsi annotation
6. Operator Boolean
7. Fungsi Split
8. Pembinaan TOC, senarai caption
9. Parafrasa
10. Format Text

Buku ZDOT juga menerangkan konsep One File One Thesis serta menunjukkan bagaimana konsep ini dengan 10 ciri di atas boleh digunakan untuk MENGHASILKAN BUKU ILMIAH, selain TESIS.

Saya kongsi di sini petikan kata daripada Ernest Hemingway, seorang pengarang dan wartawan yang mengatakan “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” dan saya percaya buku ZDOT adalah bakal salah seorang rakan setia dalam menempuhi perjalanan pascasiswazah anda.

Jika berminat untuk mendapatkan ZDOT, anda boleh pesan di pautan berikut:
Sila like PAGE kami di Facebook untuk mengikuti maklumat terkini mengenai buku serta produk kami:

Jika anda rasa buku ZDOT ini boleh membantu rakan sekerja, rakan sepengajian dan mereka yang mungkin beroleh manfaat, saya harap anda boleh membantu untuk menyebarkan maklumat mengenai buku ZDOT ini kepada mereka dan juga mana-mana rangkaian / kumpulan anda di Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, WhatsApp, dan lain-lain.
Thank you.

Yours sincerely,
Ahmad Safwan Bin Yusof
Executive, MPWS Store
MPWS Rich Proofreading

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Rasch analysis

Rasch analysis can be applied to assessments in a wide range of disciplines, including health studies, education, psychology, marketing, economics and social sciences.  

Many assessments in these disciplines involve a well defined group of people responding to a set of items for assessment. Generally, the responses to the items are scored 0, 1 (for two ordered categories); or 0, 1, 2 (for three ordered categories); or 0, 1, 2, 3 (for four ordered categories) and so on, to indicate increasing levels of a response on some variable such as health status or academic achievement. These responses are then added across items to give each person a total score. This total score summarise the responses to all the items, and a person with a higher total score than another one is deemed to show more of the variable assessed. Summing the scores of the items to give a single score for a person implies that the items are intended to measure a single variable, often referred to as a unidimensional variable.

The Rasch model is the only item response theory (IRT) model in which the total score across items characterizes a person totally. It is also the simplest of such models having the minimum of parameters for the person (just one), and just one parameter corresponding to each category of an item. This item parameter is generically referred to as a threshold. There is just one in the case of a dichotomous item, two in the case of three ordered categories, and so on.

1. What is Rasch Analysis?
What is a Rasch Analysis? The Rasch model, where the total score summarizes completely a person's standing on a variable, arises from a more fundamental requirement: that the comparison of two people is independent of which items may be used within the set of items assessing the same variable. Thus the Rasch model is taken as a criterion for the structure of the responses, rather than a mere statistical description of the responses. For example, the comparison of the performance of two students' work marked by different graders should be independent of the graders. 

In this case it is considered that the researcher is deliberately developing items that are valid for the purpose and that meet the Rasch requirements of invariance of comparisons.
Analyzing data according to the Rasch model, that is, conducting a Rasch analysis, gives a range of details for checking whether or not adding the scores is justified in the data. This is called the test of fit between the data and the model. If the invariance of responses across different groups of people does not hold, then taking the total score to characterize a person is not justified. Of course, data never fit the model perfectly, and it is important to consider the fit of data to the model with respect to the uses to be made of the total scores. If the data do fit the model adequately for the purpose, then the Rasch analysis also linearises the total score, which is bounded by 0 and the maximum score on the items, into measurements. The linearised value is the location of the person on the unidimensional continuum - the value is called a parameter in the model and there can be only one number in a unidimensional framework. This parameter can then be used in analysis of variance and regression more readily than the raw total.

2. Why undertake a Rasch analysis?
A researcher who is developing items of a test or questionnaire intending to sum the scores on the items can use a Rasch model analysis to check the degree to which this scoring and summing is defensible in the data collected. For example, if two groups are to be compared on the variable of interest (e.g. males and females), it is important to demonstrate that the workings of the items is the same in the two groups. Working in the same way permits interpreting the total score as meaning the same in the two groups.
In checking how well the data fit the model, it is important to be able to diagnose very quickly where the misfit is the worst, and then proceed to try to understand this misfit in terms of the construction of the items and the understanding of the variable in terms of its theoretical development. 

A very important part of the Rasch analysis from this perspective is to be in dynamic and interactive control of an analysis and to be able to follow the evidence to see where the responses may be invalid. 

3. Courses and Workshops available on Rasch Analysis
A workshop to introduce Rasch analysis. It will suit those working in the measurement of outcomes in the health sciences, of attitudinal data in the social sciences, or in educational testing. It will take the form of hands-on practice in using the WINSTEPS software package. At the end of the two days workshop students should understand and be able to analyse data, using WINSTEPS.

The details of the workshop are as follows:
Course Title: Introductory Rasch Model Workshop: Applications in Survey Research  and Educational Measurement
Date: 21 & 22 January 2014 (Tuesday & Wednesday)
Time: 8.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Venue: MPWS Training Centre, 63-1, 63-2, Jalan Kajang Impian 1/11,Taman Kajang Impian, Seksyen 7, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor
Speaker: Dr. Akbariah Binti Mohd Mahdzir
Registration Fee: RM300 (early bird rate) / RM400 (normal rate) 
Medium: English

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014


Effect size is the amount of variance explained in the mediation model contributed by every single path. The researcher might be interested to know the relative contribution of individual paths in the mediation model, especially the effect of a mediator on the dependent variable. The researcher could assess the effect size for every path in the model, and also the mediated effect of the moderator variable itself. Specifically, the two effect sizes are:

(1) The R2 Measures the effect size of individual path in the model (3 paths)
(2) The R2 Measures the size of mediated effect of a mediator in the model
The range of values of R2 and its relative effect size based on definition by Cohen (1988) is given in Table 2.

1) R2 measures for the individual path in the mediation model is defined as follows
     i) r2XM represents the squared partial correlation between the X and M variables in the model,
     ii) r2XY denotes the squared partial correlation between X and Y variables in the model,
    iii) r2MY.X corresponds to the squared partial correlation between the M and Y variables with the influence of X removed,

For the above example - the following measures are obtained:
   i) The effect size of Skills & Training (X) on Job Attitude (M) is 0.78 (Figure 1)
  ii) The effect size of Skills & Training (X) on Career Advancement (Y) is 0.59 (Figure 2)
  iii) The effect size of Job Attitude (M) on Career Advancement (Y), controlling for X
This is equivalent to r2XMY - r2XY = 0.67 – 0.59 = 0.08 (Note: r2XMY=0.67 - Figure 1)
Conclusion: The effect size of a mediator on DV in small range

2) R2 Measures for the mediated effect of the mediator (Job Attitude).
This value is computed using the following formula:
R2MY – (R2 XMY - R2XY)
R2XY is the R2 for the model containing X and Y only (Figure 2)
R2MY is the R2 for the model containing M and Y only (Figure 3)
R2 XMY is the R2 for the model containing all X, M, and Y (Figure 1)
R2MY – (R2 XMY - R2XY)
0.66 – (0.67-0.59) = 0.58

Thus, based on Cohen (1988), the mediated effect size of the mediator Job Attitude in the relationship between Skills & Training and Career Advancement is in large range. 

To know more about this, please join our next workshop :

18 & 19 January 2014 (Saturday & Sunday)
MPWS Training Centre, 63-1, 63-2, Jalan Kajang Impian 1/11, Taman Kajang Impian, Seksyen 7, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor
8.30am – 5:30pm
Associate Professor Dr. Zainudin Hj Awang
RM300 (early bird rate) - payment before or by 3 January 2014
RM400 (early bird rate) - payment from 4 January 2014 until closing date

Monday, January 6, 2014

Workshop on High Impact Journal Writing and Publishing

Goodbye 2013.
Welcome 2014!

New determination;
New spirit.

Don’t forget your ambitions;
Don’t forget your dreams.

Don’t let your carelessness ruin your dreams;
Because your ambitions and dreams cannot be achieved without effort!

Now, Malaysian Postgraduate Workshop Series with the expertise of the speaker, tries to make your dream come true. It may be true about what you think, as we might not be able to help you,
but you have to realize that no one else can help you but yourself.

Biodata of Speaker:

Hj. Kamaruzaman Jusoff (ResearcherID: F-1014-2010) was born in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia on 28th March 1958. He received his PhD in Forest Engineering Survey (a multi-disciplinary field) from Cranfield University, UK in 1992 under the Committee of the UK Vice– Chancellor’s Overseas Research Student Award (ORS). His postdoctoral work on Advanced Digital Image Processing was with University of Dundee, Scotland under the sponsorship of British Chevening Research Scholar Award. He was a Professor (Grade VK6/B) with Universiti Putra Malaysia and has been a Visiting Professor/Scholar/Scientist with Harvard, Kyoto, Yale University and an Erasmus Mundus Professor with Lund University, Sweden and ITC, The Netherlands. In April 2013, he was offered a Grade
VK5/A Professor with UTM Perdana School of Science, Technology & Innovation Policy but declined the offer.

It is not too late to change your destination to make it easier in pursuing your dream to achieve success and graduate on time because in conjunction with the new year 2014, we are offering a very
good offer for you. But to get this exciting offer, you have to register before 31st December 2013. After that, the offer will expire. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from our speaker, which is
Professor Hj. Kamaruzaman Jusoff that will guide you until your journal paper is ready to be published.

To find out more information about the speaker and our great deals in conjunction with the coming new year (2014) you may refer at:  -->

This workshop is open to all researchers, academicians and postgraduate students from government agencies, Malaysian and International Higher Learning Institutions and also private sector.

The details of the workshops are as follows:
Course Title: Three Day Workshop on High Impact Journal Writing and Publishing

Date: 7th - 9th January 2014 (Tuesday - Thursday)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Venue: MPWS Training Centre, 63-1, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor
Speaker: Professor Hj. Kamaruzaman Jusoff
Medium: English

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Dr Siti, pakar analisis qualitative research

Tahniah Dr. Siti Uzairiah, pakar analisis qualitatvie research.
- Sinar Harian 5 Januari 2014. - with Siti Uzairiah

Next Worksho. Don't miss it!
One Day Workshop on Qualitative Analysis Using Nvivo 
@ MPWS Training Centre, Seksyen 7, Bandar Baru Bangi 
19 February 2014 (Wednesday) | By Dr. Siti Uzairiah Mohd Tobi

Friday, January 3, 2014

Bengkel Tulis Tesis Pantas di TH Hotel, Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Jangan membuat ia betul tetapi jadikannya BERTULIS! Ingin tamatkan pengajian TEPAT pada MASA?
Ingin menyiapkan tesis anda SEMUDAH menulis seperti F1? Kini anda tidak perlu risau lagi kerana Dr. OT sanggup berkongsi kesemua pengalaman dan ilmu yang beliau ada untuk memudahkan lagi perjalanan Sarjana, Ijazah Sarjana dan PhD anda.

Apa yang bakal anda perolehi adalah:

√ Mengetahui apakah sebenarnya masalah yang dikaji
√ Kata kunci "Problem Statement"
√ TIP memulakan penulisan tesis
√ RAHSIA menyiapkan tesis bukan tepat pada masa tetapi sebelum masanya tiba
√ RAHSIA disebalik penggunaan Mendeley

Tajuk: Bengkel Sehari Penulisan Tesis Pantas dan Pengurusan Artikel

Tarikh: 9 Januari 2014 (Khamis)
Masa: 8:30am – 5:30pm
Tempat: Hotel Tabung Haji, Kota Kinabalu
Penceramah: Dr. Othman Talib 

'Tiada siapa yang boleh membantu anda kecuali diri sendiri.'
Jangan membuat ia betul tetapi jadikannya BERTULIS!'

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