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Experimental Methods I: Design & Techniques

Course
2016-2017

Admission requirements

Successful completion of the course “Psycholinguistics”.

Description

Experimental Methods I: Design & Techniques and Experimental Methods II: Practicals & Projects together form one course. Over the entire two-semester course, students will receive a comprehensive and practical introduction to the research methods used in the LUCL Labs and have a chance to implement one of these techniques in an independent research project.
The course will link coherently to other elements of the BA “Taal & Cognitie” – for example, in Experimental Methods I (semester 1 of year two) the students learn how the theory they have already learned relates to experimental work in the labs; while in Experimental Methods II (semester 1 of year three) they will analyse their own data using skills gained in the course “Statistics for linguists” in semester 2 of year two.
Experimental Methods I consists of two learning units: “Experiment design & preparation” and “Software and hardware in the labs”. In these two units, students gain practical knowledge of the first steps in individually designing, carrying out, analysing, and presenting a psycholinguistic experiment.

Course objectives

  • Gaining a broad knowledge of psycholinguistic research methods and techniques, including lab hardware and software (Excel, Qualtrics and E-Prime)

  • Understanding the practical steps involved in conceptualising and preparing a psycholinguistic experiment

Timetable

Linguistics bachelor

Mode of instruction

Seminars; independent study and practical assignments.

Course Load

Total course load = 140 hours

  • Seminars: 28

  • Study of compulsory readings: 28

  • Assignments: 40

  • Preparation for assessments: 40

  • Exams: 4

Assessment method

To successfully finish the course students are required to upload six completed assignments on Blackboard (during the semester). For two assignments, students must also hand in a peer review.

Weighting

Each assignment counts for 15% of the final grade; each review counts for 5%.

Resit

Students may resit maximally one of the assessments, provided that they have adequately attended the seminars (>80%).

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used to inform students during the course and to offer study materials.

Reading list

Syllabus will be made available via Blackboard

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Contractonderwijs

Contact

lucl-labs@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats: osz-oa-wijkplaats@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Coordinator of Studies: Else van Dijk

Remarks

Class attendance and active participation is required.