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Research Fundamentals


Admission Requirements

Bachelor degree (completed)


In this course, principles, methods and organization of scientific research are presented. It aims to consolidate and extend prior views that students may have on academic research. Topics of the course include principles of scientific research, organization of the academic world, academic careers, the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice, academic fraud, scientific publication, the role of creativity in research, asking the right questions, finding the right data, the role of statistics.
The course format is rather intense and student participation is high, with multiple writing assignments, a final research project and presentations. Class attendance is compulsory and an active in-class attitude is expected.

Course Objectives

Understanding the principles and organization of science, understanding the limits of what is acceptable in science, understanding academic careers paths, and understanding the importance of creativity in scientific research.

Time Table

The dates are included in the Media Technology calendar

Mode of Instruction

Lectures, research and self study

Assessment Method

Written papers, homework assignments, final project (incl. presentation and writing), participation in class, attendance.

Assessment and grading method:

  • essay, assignments, etc.

  • presentation, abstract



Reading List

Study materials will be provided by the lecturer during the course


  • You have to sign up for courses and exams (including retakes) in uSis.

  • Please also register for the course in [Blackboard].

  • Due to limited capacity, non-Media Technology students (external and exchange) can only register after consultation with and approval of the programme coordinator/study advisor (


Barbara Visscher-van Grinsven, programme coordinator/study advisor for the Media Technology MSc programme (


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