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Prospectus

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Practice of empirical research

Course
2013-2014

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.

Admission requirements

Knowledge of statistics, research methods and SPSS at the level of the Leiden Bachelor programme.

Description

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.

Course objectives

Achievement levels: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17.

Timetable

Timetable

Mode of instruction

  • Seven lectures

  • Six tutorial sessions in which empirical research papers are examined (attendance obligatory)

  • Seven computer lab sessions (attendance obligatory)

Assessment method

Grades are mainly based on a final research paper, but the course also contains other obligatory assignments.

Blackboard

During this course Blackboard will be used.

Reading list

A detailed Student Manual will be available in August. Additional materials will be available on the Blackboard site of the course.

Registration

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.

Contact information

  • 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.