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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 with varying educational backgrounds 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, research ethics and the ethical approval process, scientific publication, the role of creativity in research, asking the right questions, finding the right data, the role of statistics, basic statistical testing.

The course format is rather intense and student participation is high. Class attendance is compulsory and an active in-class attitude is expected.

Course objectives

After completing the course students can:

  • understand the principles and organization of academia;

  • reflect on the limits of what is acceptable in academic research;

  • understand academic careers paths;

  • understand the roles of ethics, integrity, statistics, publication, and creativity in academic research.


Check MyTimetable (manual) and use your ULCN account to login. Please note that (last-minute) changes in the schedule are communicated in the course's Brightspace.

Mode of instruction

Lecture, Seminar

Assessment method

The final grade for the course is established by determination of a weighted average of partial grades, combined with additional requirements: (a) The final grade is composed on the basis of evaluated take-home and in-class assignments. (b) All separate assignments (including the final project) must be completed with grade 5.5 or higher. If this requirement is not met, then the final grade is the lowest obtained assignment or project grade. (c) All classes must have been attended.

Reading list

See the course webpage and Brightspace.


  • You have to enrol for classes and exams (including retakes) in uSis.

  • Elective, external and exchange students (other than Media Technology students) need to contact the programme's coordinator due to limited capacity.


Contact the lecturer(s) for course specific questions and the programme's coordinator Barbara Visscher-van Grinsven for questions regarding the programme, admission and/or registration.