At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- recognize, describe, select, and apply different research methods;
- recognize the phases of empirical research and divide the research process in these phases;
- select and apply relevant research techniques to each of the phases;
- report on all aspects of research, in different academic subgenres: a poster, a conference abstract, and a full paper.
- know how and where to search for relevant academic literature, recognize academic literature as such, know the guidelines for referring to literature and use bibliographic database programs.
Attending the group meetings during this course is compulsory. Exceptions can only be requested via the lecturer. Students will have to hand in several assignments with non-negotiable deadlines. Assignments handed in after the deadline will not be accepted and will lead to a fail for the course. Exceptions to this rule can only be requested via a student advisor. The individual components and the overall average grade must be a pass, in order to pass this course.
Tutorial Information Literacy
As part of this course, you are required to complete the online ‘Information Skills Tutorial’, offered by the library. The tutorial is intended for new students, and consists of several modules in which you will learn:
- how to recognize scientific information;
- how to effectively search for literature;
- how to use the catalog; and
- how to search in a number of important library databases for the humanities.
The tutorial will cost you approximately 4 hours to work through. Your total score will be recorded by the library and sent to your lecturer. Enrollment for the tutorial will be announced on Blackboard.
As part of the research seminar, all students need to participate in current research for 7.5 hours, before February 1, 2020 (Fall semester students) or July 1st, 2020 (Spring semester students). Students who do not fulfill this requirement will not be able to complete the course.
You can find more information about the terms and conditions of the subjects pool on Blackboard (go to "Proefpersonenpool"). To sign up for experiments, go to http://uvt.sona-systems.com/. The subjects pool is open as of mid September 2019.
In this course, the research process will be treated from beginning (formulation and motivation of the research question, literature review) to the end (interpreting and reporting results). Different methods and techniques that are essential for successful research will be described. The course serves as a preparation for individual thesis work. During the compulsory lectures the necessary knowledge and skills will be provided and illustrated.
After the initial weeks, students will work in small groups (approximately 5 students) on a group research project and on the individual research project. The empirical cycle is split up into a number of group assignments. Each group designs, executes, interprets and reports on their own study. The research process is supervised in the form of brief weekly meetings with a teacher, paired with a number of deadlines for parts of the research report. In the first group meeting the individual students also receive feedback on their plans for the individual research project. Also the final two group meetings are dedicated to individual feedback.
The final grade for the course is based on:
- the individual written assignment (paper); 30%
- the group assignment (research project), in sub-assignments building up to a full research paper, a poster and a conference abstract; 70%
Methodological textbooks and materials as used in the Methodology, Statistics and Academic English courses. Journal articles on the topic of the research project (depends on the choice of research question).