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Statistical Consulting


Admission requirements

Master’s students Methodology and Statistics. Course Multivariate data analysis at introductory level.


Consulting is an integral part of a psychometrician’s life, whether in academia, government or industry. Statistical and methodological consultation may involve brief interactions to respond to very specific questions or long term associations as a member of research projects.

Course objectives

The goal of this course is to develop consultancy skills, such as how to effectively communicate with researchers and practitioners. Emphasis will be given to issues of design, sampling, measurement instruments, data analysis and statistics in a consultation setting.


Statistical Consulting (2010-2011)

Mode of instruction

Lectures and consulting labs (training sessions) with case studies and role plays.

Assessment method

  • Presentations of reading materials and role plays (will be graded on process, communication skills and technical accuracy).

  • Final written exam.

From January 1, 2006 the Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted the Ephorus system to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Please see the information concerning fraud .


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Reading list

Adèr, H.J. Mellenbergh, G.J and Hand, D.J. (2008). Advising on Research Methods: A consultant’s companion. Johannes van Kessel Publishing, Huizen (order at the Labyrint bookshop)


Introduction and enrolment for courses of the first semester will take place on 2 September 2010. Introduction and enrolment for courses of the second semester will take place on 27 January 2011. More information will be available at the website of the Institute of Psychology.

NB: Exam registration will take place via uSis, and will be open between a month and a week before the (re)exam. Students who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the exam.

Contact information

Prof.dr. W.J. Heiser
Room 3B19
Tel.: +31 (0)71 527 3828