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Experimental Methods I: Design & Techniques


Admission requirements

Successful completion of the course “Psycholinguistics”.


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


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.

The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


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


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


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

Reading list

Syllabus will be made available via Blackboard


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

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Contractonderwijs


Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies: Else van Dijk


Class attendance and active participation is required.