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Experimental Methods II: Practicals & Projects


Admission requirements

Succesful completion of the course “Experimental Methods I: Design & Techniques” and “Statistics for linguists”.


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 II consists of the learning units “Workflow of data collection & analysis” and “Practical project”, after which students will have the necessary competence to individually design, carry out, analyse, and present a psycholinguistic experiment.

Course objectives

  • Gaining in-depth knowledge of psycholinguistic research methods and techniques, including lab hardware and software (including E-Prime, PsychoPy, Experiment Builder and R)

  • Consolidating practical skills by carrying out an individual project


Linguistics bachelor

Mode of instruction

Seminars, independent study and practical assignments.

Course Load

Total course load = 140 hours

  • Seminars: 18

  • Study of compulsory literature: 18

  • Assignments: 40

  • Preparation for assessments: 60

  • Exams: 4

Assessment method

For successful completion of the course, the student is required to upload three completed assignments on Blackboard during the first block. In the second block the student must carry out a practical project and present the results during the end-of-semester poster session. For the posters, students must also submit a peer review.

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


Each assignment counts for 15% of the final grade. 50% of the final grade will be determined on the basis of the practical project and poster presentation; the remaining 5% will reflect the peer review.

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.


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

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Administrations Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies: Else van Dijk


Class attendance and active participation is required.