NB The course material is in English. Instruction is in Dutch. For the English version of this course please go to Conducting and Evaluation Emperical Research.
Knowledge of statistics, research methods and SPSS at the level of the Leiden Bachelor programme.
The course aims to get students acquainted with the practice of empirical research on the level required for their Master’s thesis. Scientific papers are examined in detail, both regarding their organisation and the research methods applied. Attention will be paid to both the methodological design and the statistical analysis of results. The course offers tools for assessing the quality of published research results as well as for producing one’s own (basic) research report.
Achievement levels: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17.
Mode of instruction
Six tutorial sessions in which empirical research papers are examined (attendance obligatory)
Seven computer lab sessions (attendance obligatory)
Grades are mainly based on a final research paper, but the course also contains other obligatory assignments.
During this course Blackboard will be used.
A detailed Student Manual will be available in August. Additional materials will be available on the Blackboard site of the course.
Please note that one single mandatory uSis registration is required for the course. The registration takes place by signing up for a tutorial group. This will automatically result in a registration for the Blackboard module.
The registration for the course is possible from two weeks through one week before the first lecture. A special announcement to this effect will be sent to all master students during the summer.
Students who do not register cannot take part in the course.
Students who do not register cannot attend classes or take the (re)exam.
First check the Student Manual, then the Blackboard module and only after failure to find what you want to know, contact the staff of the course;
For general issues: email dr. M. Linting
For enrollment and organizational issues please mail: Dr. M. Malda
For specific issues with respect to tutorials, computer labs, end paper, and absence please contact your tutor;
Please pose general questions regarding the end paper on the general Blackboard forum.
Please pose specific questions related to the subject of your tutorial group on the Group forum.