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Cursus: NWI-I00152
NWI-I00152
Research Methods (master course)
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CursusNWI-I00152
Studiepunten (ECTS)3
CategorieMA (Master)
VoertaalEngels
Aangeboden doorRadboud Universiteit; Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica; Informatica en Informatiekunde;
Docenten
Coördinator
dr. I. Wilmont
Overige cursussen docent
Docent
dr. I. Wilmont
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. I. Wilmont
Overige cursussen docent
Collegejaar2016
Periode
KW1-KW2  (29-08-2016 t/m 29-01-2017)
Aanvangsblok
KW1
Onderwijsvorm
voltijd
Opmerking-
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
VoorinschrijvingNee
WachtlijstNee
Plaatsingsprocedure-
Cursusdoelen

After completion of the course the students can:

  • Describe the taught methods and techniques, and the relations between them;
  • Knowledgeably and critically discuss theoretical and practical issues in view of real research cases
  • Skilfully apply at least one of the techniques: make an operational research plan, gather data, analyse data, draw conclusions, present results;
  • Relate results to model-based analysis, at the hand of a sound conceptual model of the specific research domain
Inhoud

How do you get reliable findings when the research topic cannot be captured in a mathematical formula, a test tube, or a computer algorithm? For example, concerning people and organisations: their opinions, attitudes, behaviour, interaction, language, communication? A researcher in the field of information science creates bridges between typical gamma issues (organisational context, documentation) and bèta-issues (exact science, engineering, technology).

In this course we look at and practice a number of research techniques relevant for information science. It is a "hands on" course: you gain practical experience in (applying) a method of choice and share your experiences with your fellow students (also concerning other methods). In addition, we will study some basic psychology of influence to improve reliability in data gathering.

Bijzonderheden
If anyone has no experience in Research Methods, send me an email via Blackboard so that we can plan a 'refresh your memory' lecture.
Onderwerpen
Qualitative research

• Interviews
• Focus groups
• Content analysis
• (Un)structured observations
• Conversation analysis
• Discourse analysis
• Interpretation issues in methodology
• Qualitative analysis using Atlas.ti
Toetsinformatie
Evaluation of students is based on their research group report (and its evolution as observed through peer-review feedback sessions). In addition, there will be a written exam consisting of open questions.
Voorkennis
To partake in this course successfully, you should have qualified with respect to basic methodology, for example by successfully completing the bachelor's course "Onderzoeksmethoden". In particular, you can:

• Give criteria for the design and execution of scientific research;
• Apply these criteria to concrete cases;
• Formulate and operationalise research questions; wield the terms conceptual model, empirical model, domain, variable, level of measurement, relation;
• Use advanced querying systems to find professional literature.
Literatuur
All course material will be made available via Blackboard.
Werkvormen

• 16 hours lecture
• 16 hours problem session
• 36 hours individual study period
Extra information teaching methods: This course is the sequel to the basic course "Onderzoeksmethoden" in the Bachelor. After a series of introductory lectures, a hands-on project is done (in small groups) in which the students tackle a real bit of research. Emphasis is on actually doing the real, "messy" work involved in doing research, which leaves less time than usual for planning and reporting. The course therefore focuses on giving the student some limited but real research experience rather than on creating a research plan (which is the aim of the earlier, undergraduate Research Methods course). Regular group feedback sessions and best practice discussions are part of the course setup.
Verplicht materiaal
Blackboard
All course material will be made available via Blackboard.
Werkvormen
Cursusgebeurtenis

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Zelfstudie

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Tentamen
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GelegenhedenBlok KW2, Blok KW3

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