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Course module: 424242-B-6
424242-B-6
Construction and Analysis of Questionnaires for International Students
Course info
Course module424242-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Methodology and Statistics; Methodology and Statistics;
Is part of
B Sociology (International Sociology)
B Human Resource Studies (HRS: People Management)
B Organization Studies
B Organization Studies: Global Management of Social Issues 
PM Organization Studies
PM Human Resource Studies (premaster HRS)
Convenant TSB
Lecturer(s)
Lecturer
O.R. van den Akker, MSc
Other course modules lecturer
Lecturer
dr. I. Schwabe
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
BLOK 3
Course mode
Full-time
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change
Registration openfrom 18/01/2021 up to and including 20/08/2021
Aims

This course consists of two different parts: 

  1. Part 1: Construction of questionnaires (construct question(naire)s to operationalize constructs)
  2. Part 2: Analyse questionnaires (use statistical procedures to determine the quality of a questionnaire)

Specifics

In the course, the followings techniques will be discussed both on a theoretical level and an applied level (e.g., performing analyses in SPSS and being able to interpret the resulting output):

  1. Determining the relationship between two variables (covariance & correlation)
  2. Reliability analysis
  3. Validity analysis (e.g., Principal Component analysis, Exploratory Factor Analysis and Confirmatory Factor analysis)
 
After this course, students will be able to: 
  • Operationalize (dimensions of) latent constructs and design questionnaire to make them measurable
  • Calculate and interpret correlation and covariance (by hand and by using SPSS) of two variables
  • Apply the rules for the construction of items of a questionnaire
  • Determine the reliability of a questionnaire (by hand)
  • Perform a reliability analysis in SPSS and interpret the resulting output
  • Perform a validity analysis based on the 4 forms of validity discussed in this course
  • Evaluate scientific literature based on the form of factor analysis that was applied
  • Run a factor analysis and SPSS and interpret the resulting output
  • Evaluate if a factor analysis can be performed and what form of rotation (e.g., (non-)orthogonal/OBLIMIN or VARIMAX) should be applied

Tutorial sessions & lab sessions: 
Though participation in the tutorial sessions and lab session is voluntary, students are advised to participate in both. During tutorials, there is time to deepen the understanding of the material taught in the lectures and to work on assignments comparable to exam questions. In the lab sessions, students will get the opportunity to practice for the SPSS test at the end of the course. 

The grading of the course consists of two parts: the course exam (graded 1-10) and the SPSS test (graded pass-fail). A student passes the course and receives the corresponding ects when he/she is graded a 6 or higher in the course exam and a pass in the SPSS test. Both partial results remain valid after the academic year in which they were obtained.
 

Content

This course consists of two different parts: 

  1. Part 1: Construction of questionnaires (construct question(naire)s to operationalize constructs)
  2. Part 2: Analyse questionnaires (use statistical procedures to determine the quality of a questionnaire)

Specifics

In the course, the followings techniques will be discussed both on a theoretical level and an applied level (e.g., performing analyses in SPSS and being able to interpret the resulting output):

  1. Determining the relationship between two variables (covariance & correlation)
  2. Reliability analysis
  3. Validity analysis (e.g., Principal Component analysis, Exploratory Factor Analysis and Confirmatory Factor analysis)
Concepts and techniques that are subsequently discussed are; associations among variables (like Spearman's correlation), measurement and measurement scales, reliability (Cronbach's alpha), (the different forms of) validity, construciton of questionnaires, exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis.

Type of instructions

12 Lectures, 6 Tutorials, 2 SPSS lab sessions (to practice for the SPSS test at the end of the course, presence is not mandatory) 

Type of exam

Paper and pencil MC + passing SPSS test 

Reading
Exam material consists of the lecture slides and the tutorial exercises (compulsory reading), but as extra material students can use the following books: 

  1. Julie Pallant, SPSS Survival Manual, Open University Press, Buckingham U.K. 
  2. David de Vaus, Surveys in Social Research, Routledge

Tutorial sessions & lab sessions
Though participation in the tutorial sessions and lab session is voluntary, students are advised to participate in both. During tutorials, there is time to deepen the understanding of the material taught in the lectures and to work on assignments comparable to exam questions. In the lab sessions, students will get the opportunity to practice for the SPSS test at the end of the course. 

Assumed previous knowledge
Knowledge of statistics and methodology
Course available for exchange students
Available for all levels
Contact person
O.R. van den Akker MSc
Timetable information
Construction and Analysis of Questionnaires for International Students
Written test opportunities
DescriptionTestBlockOpportunityDate
SPSS toets / SPSS testEXAM_02BLOK 3101-04-2021
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01BLOK 3107-04-2021
SPSS toets / SPSS testEXAM_02BLOK 4225-06-2021
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01BLOK 4229-06-2021
Written test opportunities (HIST)
DescriptionTestBlockOpportunityDate
Required materials
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Recommended materials
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Tests
Written

SPSS test

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