Student Research, Part 2
|Course code module||3BPSW-020|
|Study load (hours)||168|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||semester exam in January|
|Contract restriction information:||exam and credit contract not possible|
Students have insight in the Empirical research cycle.
Students know the content and form of a scientific problem definition
Students have the theoretical background on composing quantitative questionnaires and they know the basics of interviewing (face-to-face and in group).
Students can look up scientific literature, perform a literature review and refer to literature correctly in a scientific text.
Students have gained basic skills in using SPSS
Students have a basic knowledge of statistics
Students have a basic knowledge in qualitative coding and analysis.
Students taking this course should have completed (obtained credits for):
Student Research, Part I (2Ba)
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
Students can prepare and perform a scientific research within the political sciences. In this research, they show their ability to apply the knowledge and skills from the methodological and statistics courses in the curriculum.
Students broaden and deepen their insight in both statistics and quantitative or qualitative research methodology.
Students can prepare a scientific research.
Students can set up a scientific research.
Students can carry out a scientific research.
Students can report on a scientific research.
3. Course content
The student research is a practical course in which students learn to perform a scientific research. The specific subject can vary but the complete research cycle is passed through: from the construction of a theoretical framework to the research report.
During the first phase students in most researches perform the following tasks:
Data analysis: This can either be the quantitative analysis of survey data, the analysis of qualitative data (interview transcripts, field notes) or the analysis of images.
Report: In group, students write the research report with special attention to the research question, the setup of the research, the data collection and the analysis. They also come to conclusions.
When the student research is financed externally, students also take care of the external communication of the results (eg. organizing a press conference).
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: TutorialsPractical sessionsSkills training
Personal work: Assignments - individualAssignments - in groupCase studies - in groupProject-based work - individualProject-based work - in group
5. Assessment method
Exam: Practical exam
Continuous assessment: AssignmentsCase studies
6. Compulsory reading – study material
Specific documentation from every supervisor
Mortelmans, D. (2002) Een beknopte handleiding leeronderzoek (SPSS versie). Universiteit Antwerpen: MTSO-INFO 25. (see: http://www.ua.ac.be/mtso/ ).
7. Recommended reading - study material
Courses of Research methodology: SWO 1, SWO 2 and SWO 3
Courses of Statistics 1, 2 and 3.
Huizingh, E. (1999) Inleiding SPSS 9.0 voor Windows en data entry. Schoonhoven: Academic Press.
Salkind, N.J. (2000) Statistics for people who (think they) hate statistics.
Thousand Oaks: Sage.
laatste aanpassing: last update: 19/03/2007 16:33 ann.aerts