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Course module: 400876-M-12
400876-M-12
Research Master: Intern Traineeship in Social Psychology
Course info
Course module400876-M-12
Credits (ECTS)12
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Social Psychology; Social Psychology;
Is part of
M Social and Behavioural Sciences (research)
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator course
dr. M.J. Brandt
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
JAAR
Course mode
Full-time
Remarks-
Registration openfrom 13/08/2019 up to and including 21/08/2020
Aims

In 2013, this text has been rephrased. Slanted text applies to students from cohort 2013 onwards, normal font to earlier cohorts.

Cohort 2013 onwards: Aim of the course is to acquire, improve, and effectively use knowledge and skills required for performing scientific research in the social and behavioral sciences. The course consists of a series of four traineeships that have a natural ordering. In Traineeship 1, the student acquires, improves, and effectively uses research skills required for the minor he or she has selected. Examples include programming skills, lab-skills, working with large data bases, or working with networks. In Traineeships 2 and 3, the student acquires the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for performing scientific research. In Traineeship 4, the student learns to critically assess other people's research or research proposal, and to give constructive advice to the researchers.

Earlier cohorts: The goal of the intern traineeships is to provide students with research experience. In two years time students participate in four traineeships. During a traineeship students will work 8 hours a week on a research project with a researcher from their department. At the end of the programme students have worked with four different researchers. Working with different researchers enables students to familiarize with different lines of research, research units and research methods. Furthermore, the Intern Traineeships are meant to strengthen their scientific orientation and to practice research skills.

Specifics

Students contact their own minor-coordinators to discuss traineeships

During the traineeship, the student keeps a record of his/her activities using the registration form (Appendix A, Guidelines for the Research Master on Black Board). At the end of the traineeship, the supervisor grades the traineeship on two criteria (1) the quality of the process (e.g., the degree to which the student worked independently, took the initiative, and brought in his or her own ideas) and the quality of the end product (e.g., the degree to which the objectives were met, scientific quality). The grading form is available from Appendix B of the Guidelines for the Research Master. The final grade is the average grade on these two criteria. The average grade of the four traineeships is the final grade for the entire course.

Each traineeship starts with a short plenary meeting for students (compulsory) and supervisors (optional). The first plenary meeting of the first traineeship includes a lab session on bibliographic tools, and a lab session on the APA manual. Practical details can be found in the Guidelines for the Research Master on BlackBoard.

Required Prerequisites

Only for students who are qualified for the Research Master.
Content

In 2013, this text has been rephrased. Slanted text applies to students from cohort 2013 onwards, normal font to earlier cohorts.

Cohort 2013 onwards: Internal Traineeship 1 (Acquiring Research Skills) is supervised by a staff member. Before the traineeship, the student and the supervisor decide on a final product; for example, programming code, computer software, one or more experimental designs, or reports from conducting experiments, performing network analyses, or preparing data sets. At least once per week, the supervisor and student have a meeting in which they evaluate the progress, and in which the supervisor provides directions towards the final product. At the end of the traineeship, the students hands in the final product.

In Internal Traineeship 2 and 3 (Participating in Research Projects), the student participates in a research project, supervised by a senior staff member. The supervisor is responsible for both formulating and answering the research question. The student works on one or more selected parts of a research project; for example, literature study, planning the research design, data analysis, data collection, or writing parts of the paper. At least once per week, the supervisor and student have a meeting in which they evaluate the progress and in which the supervisor provides new assignments. At the end of each traineeship, the student writes a report (approximately 1000 words) describing his or her contribution to the paper.

Typically, Traineeship 4 (Reviewing Research) involves advising regular-master students on the individual research proposal (IRP): a research proposal for their regular master's thesis. The traineeship is supervised by a senior staff member who is also an IRP advisor. Firstly, the student reads 8 IRPs. Second, the student writes down his or her comments and constructive advice. Third, the student and the supervisor discuss the student's comments and advice. Fourth, the student attends the IRP meeting in which the regular-master students defend their IRP. If the supervisor believes it is appropriate, the student gives his or her comments and advice to the regular-master student. If participating in IRPs is unfeasible, other traineeships pursuing the same goal may be considered. The student writes a small report (approximately 1.000 words) describing the activities.

Earlier cohorts: Research activities conducted during a traineeship may include: literature search, analyzing reviews of research papers, programming, setting up a questionnaire, constructing research hypothesis, setting up (an) experiment(s), conducting (an) experiment(s), analyzing research data.

Type of instructions

Traineeship

Type of exams

See content and specifics
Contact person
dr. M.J. Brandt
Timetable information
Research Master: Intern Traineeship in Social Psychology
Required materials
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Recommended materials
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Tests
Internal Traineeship Soc. Psych. part 1

Internal Traineeship Soc. Psych. part 2

Internal Traineeship Soc. Psych. part 3

Internal Traineeship Soc. Psych. part 4

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