Methods for Academic Research HG

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vaknaam Methods for Academic Research HG
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Methods for Academic Research HG
Leerdoelen 1. identify and describe the different stages within the research process and their corresponding activities and apply these in empirical research;
2. describe and apply the concepts of research ethics and scientific integrity with respect to data collection and data analysis;
3. individually write text in an academic style;
4. within a given theme, formulate research questions that are of academic and societal relevance and develop a conceptual model based on academic references;
5. operationalise a conceptual model through designing a questionnaire and an interview guide;
6. prepare and execute a questionnaire and an in-depth interview in a thorough and accurate manner;
7. analyse and interpret the results of primary collected quantitative and qualitative data;
8. use computer software to assist the analyses of primary collected quantitative (SPSS) and qualitative (Atlas.ti) data, and are able to visualise their research findings (ArcGIS, Maptionnaire);
9. present their research findings in writing (according to the rules of academic writing), verbally, and visualise part of their findings in a map;
10. cooperate in a group in a constructive manner.
Omschrijving The main focus of MAR is to collect data, analyse data, report results and discuss results in a professional academic manner. In small groups, you are going to practice with quantitative as well as qualitative research. You are going to design and execute a questionnaire (quantitative method) and an interview guide (qualitative method). You will use online tools and computer software (Maptionnaire, ArcGIS, SPSS, Atlas.ti) to assist you with designing, obtaining and analysing data. Your knowledge about data collection and analysis, and its ethical considerations will be assessed in a short answer exam.

This course fits within the research learning pathway. It follows on from Introduction to Academic Research (year 1) and prepares you for the Bachelor’s project (year 3). Actively participating in this course will give you a thorough preparation for the Bachelor’s Project in year 3.
Uren per week 6
Onderwijsvorm Independent study, Lectures, Practicals
Toetsvorm Active participation, Group assignments, Individual assignments
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. M. van Duijn
Docent(en) E. Margaritis, PhD. ,dr. R.H. Rijnks
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Introduction to Social Research: Quantitative & Qualitative Approaches. Third Edition. London: Sage Publications Ltd. Punch, K.F. (2014) 9781446240939 ca. €  45,00
Entreevoorwaarden The course Introduction to Academic Research (GEIAR).
Opmerkingen The attendance of the practicals is compulsory.
Opgenomen in
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