Introduction to Academic Research

Faculteit University College Groningen
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode UCG1AC02
Vaknaam Introduction to Academic Research
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Introduction to Academic Research
Leerdoelen Explain basic techniques of quantitative and qualitative data collection, descriptive and elementary inferential statistics using such notions as, “mean”, “correlation”, “causation”, “hypothesis”, “sample”, “confidence interval”, “statistically significant”.

- gather data,
- display them in a perspicuous way,
- describe data in an efficient way,
- compute and evaluate confidence intervals,
- perform simple tests of statistical significance

Communicate about topics that are relevant to society by actively applying concepts and tools basic descriptive and inferential statistics and reflect on such applications.

Effectively collaborate and cooperate with peer students and academic experts while applying the methods learned in this course.

Document their work and report it in an accessible manner to fellow
students, explain the chosen presentation-style, and respond competently to questions and criticism.

Exploit the acquired methodological skills to highlight potential limitations of claims made on the basis of scientific findings and point out possible fallacies in arguments used to support such claims.
Omschrijving This course forms the first part of the Research Methods learning line and is compulsory for all University College students.

The central aim of this course is to make students competent in the use of certain basic scientific methods, notably statistical ones. Students are introduced in basic concepts (such as Hypothesis, Population, Sample) and different types of research (Empirical versus Theoretical Research, Descriptive, Exploratory, Explanatory research). Students learn to distinguish between different types of data (quantitative and qualitative) and become familiar with techniques of data display and description, including basic statistical concepts such as mean, standard deviation, correlation r, and sampling distribution. The importance and challenge of distinguishing between causal and non-causal associations is expounded and highlighted. Students also learn how to collect their own data and are introduced to sampling procedures as well as the rationale behind randomized control trials. They will learn the basics of how to design a conversation guide and conduct an interview. Finally, probabilities are introduced as conceptual tools to enable statistical inference, and the basic ideas underlying confidence intervals and significance testing are developed.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Seminar
Toetsvorm Assignments
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. S.M. Friederich
Docent(en) dr. G.B. Bewersdorf ,dr. S.M. Friederich , A. van Baar, PhD. ,dr. M.L. Wilders
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