Strict rules apply to the First-Year Paper (see the guidelines made available on BlackBoard) to which every student and every teacher is bound. The minor coordinator checks whether the procedures are applied correctly.
For the largest part, the student works independently on the First-Year Paper. However, the student has intensive contact with the supervisor. On average, the student and supervisor meet on a weekly basis.
The paper will be graded by the supervisor (50%) and an independent second reader (50%). They evaluate the following aspects using the evaluation form (see guidelines).
- Research problem, research question and theory;
- Methods and findings;
- Conclusions and recommendations;
- Discussion and reflection (critical thinking); and
- Form and style (as outlined in the APA publication manual)
After grading the supervisor sends the form to the minor coordinator.
This course has 12 ECTS, which equals 336 hours. On the average students work 15 weeks on their First-Year Paper, approximately 22 hours per week. The students use these hours to conduct research and write a scientific article.
Required PrerequisitesOnly for students who are qualified for the Research Master.
|Students learn to report scientific results right from the first year of the program. Therefore, at the end of the first year of the Research Master, students are required to write a paper that can be presented at an international symposium. The First-Year Paper trains students in identifying a research question, reviewing literature, collecting or analyzing data, and writing a concise and coherent paper.|
Students can freely approach teachers for supervision. If none can be found, students can approach the coordinator.
Type of instructionsTutoring
Type of examsPaper