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Course module: 410131-B-6
Wicked Problems 201: Research Practicum
Course info
Course module410131-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Organization Studies; Organization Studies;
Is part of
B Organization Studies
B Organization Studies: Global Management of Social Issues 
J. He
Other course modules lecturer
dr. B. Kroon
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. M.J.D. Schalk
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
Course mode
Registration openfrom 13/01/2020 up to and including 21/08/2020

This course prepares students to perform their own empirical research for the potential consultancy assignment during the internship and their Bachelor's thesis. The course integrates prior courses in the Bachelor Global Management of Social Issues and methods courses. By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Develop a conceptual framework, including making a good selection of and analyzing the literature on a specific topic, building a conceptual model, formulating a research question and hypotheses.
  • Write an academic paper according to APA style with special attention to: Effective writing for academic audiences (text structure, effective paragraphing, writing in English), building arguments from theory and previous research.
  • Carry out data collection according to research ethics.
  • Analyze questionnaire/ qualitative data, apply statistics using SPSS independently.
  • Report statistics in a paper
  • Critically reflect on the research approach they have taken and comment on/justify their approach


The required prequisite for this course is participation in MTO-C-MAW: Causal Analysis Techniques (424520)/Causal Analysis Techniques for international students. Presence at all meetings (lectures, workgroups, computer labs, consultation hours) is mandatory.

Recommended Prerequisites

Wicked problems 101; MTO A, B, C (Dutch and English versions)

Students will write an essay in small groups using empirical data. The theme of the paper will be announced during the first lecture. All steps of the empirical research process are addressed during the course.

First, students carry out a literature research, and develop a conceptual model. They then collect data. Next, data analyses like factor and regressions analyses are conducted. Finally, results are interpreted and discussed in light of existing theoretical concepts and empirical evidence. This process is reflected in a group paper in the form of an article. In the end, everybody's individual knowledge of the paper is tested in an oral exam.

Type of instructions

Lectures, workgroups, computer labs, consulting hours

Type of exams

Final Paper (100%) and Oral Check

Compulsory Reading
  1. Literature suggestions will be provided on Blackboard..
  2. All MTO books.

Recommended Reading
  1. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed., 2nd printing)...
Contact person
prof. dr. M.J.D. Schalk
Timetable information
Wicked Problems 201: Research Practicum
Required materials
Recommended materials
Research Note

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