Introduction to Academic Research

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode GEIAR
Vaknaam Introduction to Academic Research
Niveau(s) propedeuse
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Introduction to Academic Research
Leerdoelen 1. Identify the structure of a scientific article in human geography and spatial planning.
2. Distinguish the different steps in a scientific research process, including formulating research questions, collecting (secondary) data, drawing conclusions and relating these steps to each other.
3. Locate relevant scientific literature in the catalogues and databases of the library of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences and in online databases and search engines, such as google scholar and Web of Science.
4. Formulate arguments and construct informed conclusions in a scientific manner and based on scientific literature.
5. Independently conduct scientific research based on existing academic literature and translate this into an academic research paper.
6. Understand the role of ethics and scientific integrity in the academic research process.
7. Understand academic writing standards and correctly apply these rules while conducting academic research.
8. Communicate research findings in a clear and structured manner.
Omschrijving The course ‘Introduction to Academic Research’ (IAR) prepares students to develop the basic principles of academic research in human geography and spatial planning. Specifically, students learn how to write an academic literature paper.

IAR is the first course of the academic research pathway of the bachelor programs ‘Human Geography & Planning’ and ‘Spatial Planning and Design’. IAR prepares students for the course ‘Methods in Academic Research (MAR)’ and the bachelor thesis in third year. Successful completion of IAR is required to participate in both these courses.

This course consists of lectures, workgroup meetings, and a workshop on searching and finding academic literature. The most important element of IAR is writing the short research paper. This research paper is purely based on existing scientific literature and aims to teach students how to formulate arguments and construct informed conclusions on a geography or planning related topic.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm Independent study, Lectures, Practicals
Toetsvorm Examination with multiple choice questions digital, Examination with open questions digital, Individual assignments, Oral presentation
(and TrainTool, reflection report)
Vaksoort propedeuse
Coördinator Dr. G. Mallon
Docent(en) Dr. G. Mallon ,dr. F. Niekerk
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Introduction to Academic Research, 3rd edition. Freely available on Brightspace. Van Lanen, S. (2022)
Made available on Brightspace:
Online guides to writing an academic paper and argumentation, other relevant material
How to argue, 3rd edition. London: Pearson Bonnett, A. (2011) 9780273743859 ca. €  40,00
Opmerkingen Active participation in all group meetings and timely submission of all assignments are mandatory. Missing group meetings and/or assignments can result in exclusion of the course. Participation in the workshop ‘finding literature’ is also mandatory. Participation in assignment 6 is conditional upon submitting assignment 4.
Not open for students from other faculties.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Human Geography & Planning  (Basic programme Human Geography & Planning) 1 semester II a verplicht
BSc Spatial Planning and Design  (Basic programme BSc Spatial Planning and Design) 1 semester II a verplicht
Pre-master programmes FSS  (Pre-master Real Estate Studies) - semester II a verplicht