840090 :Introduction to Research Methods

Algemeen

Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Lectures and seminars (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: Multiple choice (40 questions) (Tentamenrooster)
Niveau:Bachelor
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Enrollment via Blackboard before start of lectures
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Docent(en)


L.E. van Grootel MSc (docent)


Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

After having successfully completed this course, students can:

  1. explain what the scientific approach to research is about
  2. evaluate the quality of a problem statement
  3. explain why a critical literature review is necessary for an empirical study
  4. distinguish the role of variables and the types of association depicted in a conceptual model
  5. formulate hypotheses pertaining to a conceptual model
  6. Identify the unit of analysis and measurement levels of variables in a study
  7. explain the logic of the experimental design and other related research designs
  8. determine the type of research design of a particular empirical study
  9. evaluate the quality of a questionnaire
  10. accentuate the essential aspects of interviewing methods and observational techniques
  11. accentuate the essential characteristics of different types of validity, and of reliability
  12. explain procedures to empirically assess validity and reliability
  13. distinguish between different sampling designs for an empirical study
  14. evaluate the results of simple quantitative data analyses for theory-testing purposes (correlation, elaboration techniques)
  15. describe the structure and elements of a research report


Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

Students are introduced to the methodological aspects of doing scientific empirical research, with a focus on empirical research in business and the social sciences.


Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The final exam will be a multiple-choice exam consisting of 40 multiple choice questions on the obligatory readings (=book and lecture notes), with 2, 3 or 4 answer categories.

In order to pass for the course, students have to score at least a 5.5 on the multiple choice exam. 

BUFFER ARRANGEMENT:

Three times during the course there will be a NON-OBLIGATORY multiple-choice quiz on specific parts of the books that belong to the obligatory readings of the course. Each multiple-choice quiz can contain up to 25 questions, with 2, 3 or 4 answer categories. Taking the quizzes is NOT obligatory and not resit will be offered, but students can build a buffer against wrong answers on the final exam with the following arrangement:

  1. If a student passes one quiz with at least a sufficient grade 5.5, 1 wrong answer on the final exam is ignored. This holds for the first exam and retake exam in the same year.
  2. If a student passes two quizzes with at least a sufficient grade 5.5, 2 wrong answers on the final exam are ignored. This holds for the first exam and retake exam in the same year.
  3. If a student passes three quizzes with at least a sufficient grade 5.5, 3 wrong answers on the final exam are ignored. This holds for the first exam and retake exam in the same year.

The specific dates for these quizzes and the specific readings for each quiz will be announced in the course syllabus and via Blackboard.

Furthermore, the course has NON-OBLIGATORY seminars. Students who attend all seminars to the satisfaction of the teaching staff earn that maximally 2 wrong answers on the final exam are ignored. Students who miss only one of all the seminars earn that 1 wrong answer on the final exam is ignored. If a student misses more than 1 seminar during the course, the student earns no buffer against wrong answers based on seminar attendance. This seminar arrangement holds for the first exam and retake exam in the same year.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE IS FOR LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES STUDENTS ONLY!

This course is taught through co-teaching, which entails that more than a single professor is responsible for teaching the course and guiding the students that take it.


Verplichte literatuur

  1. Compulsory readings will be announced at the beginning of the course


Vereiste voorkennis

Interest in how empirical scientific research is done


Verplicht voor

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Business and Management ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Cognitive Neuroscience ( 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Humanities: European History and Culture ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Law in Europe ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Social Sciences ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Premaster Management of Cultural Diversity ( 2014 )

(22-jan-2018)