Advanced Research Skills

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2022/23
Vaknaam Advanced Research Skills
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Advanced Research Skills
Leerdoelen 1 Theoretical attitudes and understanding, research skills
1 c) The ability to translate knowledge of contemporary issues and theoretical models, concepts and frameworks into the development of appropriate research questions and research designs.
1 d) Expertise and experience in the formulation and implementation of a research project, i.e. a clearly formulated research problem that is original, while building on the state of the art research in the field and related academic disciplines, and firmly supported by the relevant literature in the field.
1 f) A helicopter view of suitable and feasible research designs and methods of data collection in different types of research, such as field, survey and/or experimental research, as well as expertise and experience in the adequacy, applicability and factual application of such research designs and methods of data collection.
1 g) The ability to choose and apply an appropriate research methodology, methods and techniques, and to critically evaluate the resulting research outcomes. Knowledge of the rationale for multi-method research.
1 h) Expertise and experience in the integration of theory and qualitative and quantitative empirical research (‘theory-guided empirical research’); data-guided and theory-guided theory building; experience in the entire process of research, including reporting on the research results.

2 General academic skills
2 c) The ability to develop new, creative and well-argued perspectives on existing theoretical, methodological and societal debates in the field of spatial sciences: geography, planning and/or demography.
2 d) The ability to write scientifically.
2 e) The ability to search for and retrieve information and to document and archive data according to general academic standards.
2 h) The ability to position research designs and research findings in their wider societal context by showing awareness of different ways in which the issues under study are perceived, valued and contested.

3 General work orientation
3 a) The analytical and research skills required for a PhD programme after graduation, or to function at a professional level in research and policy departments of governmental/non-governmental organizations and enterprises.
Omschrijving Advanced Research Skills aims to open up and broaden your methodological thinking. It aims to let students embrace a careful consideration of the advantages of cutting edge but widely differing methods and techniques for tackling a research question, and trains them in writing a multimethod research proposal (including small empirical suitability tests for each method).

The course runs on two tracks.
The first track trains a multitude of high-level cutting-edge research methods, research software and data use, in a practical way. This part of the course is given by different PhD students, basically one PhD for every week. Every week then a PhD student gives a workshop introducing in a hands-on way an interesting research method, a piece of software, a nice dataset etc. Students explore the methods in a practical way, by exploring application of the methods for a research topic of their own choice. In a final workshop they have to present a review of the merits of one of the learned methods and the PhD students react on their views.

In the second track of the course, the students write a paper which can be seen as a synthesis of all their (20 ECTS) methods courses. They take an issue they are interested in researching. In the paper, of around 1200-1500 words (excluding the 10+ methodological references), they write down three promising different methods (building on their experience to apply the methods to their topic during the course, but also using all their training they received earlier) to research the issue and give the reasons for their choice and the combination of the choice, while also, with some depth, suggesting possible (type of) outcomes. The three methods need not come from the Advanced Research Skills course per se, they can come from the other method courses or they can be any scientific method. For every proposed method a small empirical test is provided to assure the validity and usefulness of the method. Finally, in the paper students reflect on the merits of the different methods and the benefits of combining methods (including possible ethical issues).
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm Seminars
Toetsvorm Active participation, Group assignments, Individual assignments, Oral presentation
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. F.J. Sijtsma
Docent(en) Guest lecturers ,dr. F.J. Sijtsma
Verplichte literatuur
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Opmerkingen The course offers ReMa students insights in the newest research methods in a hands-on way. The idea is both to stimulate thinking about how to use different methods, about the relative strengths of different methods and about how to apply combinations of methods to answer a research question. It aims to add to the ‘arsenal’ of methods which ReMa students dare to consider when planning and performing research. The general objective of this course is to deepen and extend students’ knowledge of important methodological issues pertaining to research, both on a philosophical and hands-on practical level. The philosophical aspects particularly occur through the multitude of methods discussed: this raises meta-level questions about methods. The hands-on part character is achieved by letting ReMa students experience different researches through (in class) assignments given by PhD students.
Open to Master level students with serious research interest and some methodological courses finished, but only if there is enough room. Research Master students come first.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
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