Research Process and Proposal Writing

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2022/23
Vaknaam Research Process and Proposal Writing
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Research Process and Proposal Writing
Leerdoelen Upon completion of the course, students:
1. Know how and why to formulate research objectives and research questions;
2. Know how to critically engage with academic texts;
3. Can situate their research in ontological and epistemological debates;
4. Can write a theoretical framework;
5. Can create a conceptual model;
6. Can define relevant concepts and operationalise these;
7. Can provide arguments for which methods of data collection and analysis are appropriate methods to get answers to their research questions;
8. Are aware and respectful of ethical aspects of social science research;
9. Have a detailed understanding of the research process in all its facets;
10. Can prepare and present a research proposal;
11. Can participate and give feedback to their peers in class, seminars and practicals, in a constructive and critical manner.
Omschrijving In the course, students learn to go through the research process in a stepwise manner. This process starts with the formulation of objective research questions and being aware of ontological and epistemological questions while situating oneself in a paradigm. Next, students will apply theory and develop a conceptual model that is aligned with their research question (within the paradigm chosen). They will then select and describe an appropriate study design and choose methods suitable to answer the research question. Students will learn to align the various steps into a coherent research proposal. The end product can be a proposal for their master thesis, or even beyond towards a proposal for a PhD thesis but it can also be a stand-alone proposal that will not be implemented. The latter facilitates students' thinking beyond their comfort zone and allows exploring research questions or designs that are not risk-avoidant.
After the course, students have profound insight into the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of academic research in the spatial sciences. They know how to go through the research process, and can apply this in a research project of their own.
Uren per week 2
Onderwijsvorm Independent study, Lectures, Practicals
Toetsvorm Active participation, Individual assignments, Oral presentation
(+ Peer review. Students will hand in parts of the proposal weekly. Alternatingly, students will give peer review and receive feedback by the lecturer for the various components.)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. ir. H.H. Haisma
Docent(en) prof. dr. ir. H.H. Haisma ,prof. dr. C.H. Mulder
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
The practice of social research. 13th International edn., Cengage Learning: Boston E. Babbie (2013) 9781133050094 ca. €  63,00
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Basic programme year 2 Spatial Sciences ) 2 semester I b verplicht
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Erasmus Mundus Islands and Sustainability track year 2) 2 semester I b verplicht