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Academische vaardigheden: General Research Skills


Admission requirements

A signed research project agreement must be showed at the start of the research project.


General Research Skills (GRS) and the bachelor research project are the first acquaintance of students with the independent design and implementation of scientific research. During General Research Skills all successive aspects of scientific research, from formulating a research question to the analyses of data, reporting and presenting of the results will be addressed. The GRS educational elements are an integral part of the bachelor research project in which the topics attended to in GRS keep pace with the timing of the research project.

Course Objectives

After completion of the course, students are able to:  

  1. Recognize the correct definition of important concepts in statistics (false positive/negative, p-value) and repeat the basic steps of a typical statistical analysis.   

  2. Describe the statistical methodology used.

  3. Calculate false positive rates.   

4.Choose an appropriate statistical method from among the tests and models covered during the course. 

  1. Perform research administration to an extent that peers can reproduce their results. 

  2. Apply methods discussed in the first year's statistics course, with extensions to generalized methods and unsupervised learning, in the context of their internship. 

  3. Collect scientific literature and perform a reproducible literature search. 

  4. Evaluate the quality of collected data. 

  5. Open, edit and run basic scripts in R, using RStudio, use literate programming to compile a report that includes code, output and commentary.

  6. Write scientifically about the results of an analysis and provide an interpretation. 


From 7 February 2022 to 24 February 2022. The detailed timetable will be placed on Brightspace.

You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudymap will automatically be displayed in MyTimetable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Pleas note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

Mode of Instruction

Lectures, tutorials, assignment and e-modules.

Assessment method

The final grade consists of the following partical grades:

  • Graded assignments (15%)

  • Written exam (70%)

  • Score labjournal (15%)

All partial grades need to be greater than 5.5.

Reading list

A handout accompanies the course together with a set of chapters from the Springer-link library will be published on Brightspace. These chapters can be downloaded for free using your ULCN account.


Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for more information on how to apply.

From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudymap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.

Please note that it is compulsory to both preregister and confirm your participation for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course. Confirming your exam participation is possible until ten days before the exam.
Extensive FAQ on MyStudymap can be found here.


Coördinator: H.G.J. van Mil


Inspection and feedback on the examination: exam can be reviewed and discussed during a class session, assignments can be reviewed in person.
Brightspace will be used for communication, lectures summaries, screencasts, handouts and blog.