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Course module: NWI-I00152
NWI-I00152
Research Methods (master course)
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-I00152
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Informatica en Informatiekunde;
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator
prof. dr. E. Barendsen
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Lecturer
prof. dr. E. Barendsen
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. E. Barendsen
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Academic year2017
Period
KW1-KW2  (04/09/2017 to 04/02/2018)
Starting block
KW1
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
Upon completion of this course, the students are able to
  • describe methods for collection and analysis of qualitative data;
  • discuss the applicability of these methods in a given case;
  • discuss methodological aspects of qualitative research, including credibility and ethical issues;
  • critically review and discuss examples of qualitative research;
  • make use of software for qualitative data analysis, in particular Atlas.ti
  • carry out an exemplary (small-scale) qualitative study and report on the findings.
Content
How do you get reliable findings when the research topic cannot be captured in a mathematical formula, a test tube, or a computer program? How would you research, for example, properties of IT stakeholders and organisations: their (user) behaviour, opinions, attitudes, interaction, language, and communication? A researcher in the field of information science creates bridges between typical social or management issues (organisational context, documentation) and formal and physical issues (exact science, engineering, technology).
 
In this course we explore research methods and techniques relevant to information sciences, with a strong emphasis on qualitative research. Apart from theoretical aspects, we will pay attention to applications of the methods and to the use of software for qualitative data analysis. 
Literature
Textbook: Bryman, A., & Bell, E. (2015). Business research methods. Oxford University Press. (4th Revised edition)
Software: Atlas.ti (free for students, via campus license)
Teaching formats
18 hours lecture
16 hours tutorial
24 hours project work
24 hours individual study period

We will discuss methodology topics in a series of lectures. Students prepare for these lectures by studying the textbook and supplementary materials. The students carry out a small-scale project in which they apply an appropriate selection of methods and techniques.
Topics
• qualitative research
• data collection
• data analysis
• quality aspects, including credibility
• ethical aspects
• reporting on qualitative research
• qualitative analysis software
Test information
Oral exam based on the student’s portfolio, including the findings of the project.
Prerequisites
Students are familiar with basic methodological principles of scientific research, comparable to the ‘Informatica’ Bachelor’s course Onderzoeksmethoden. They are able to review scientific literature, formulate research questions, select an appropriate strategy, translate (‘operationalize’) research questions in terms of data collection and data analysis methods, compose a research plan.
Required materials
Book
Bryman, A., & Bell, E. (2015). Business research methods. Oxford University Press. (4th Revised edition)
ISBN:9780199668649
Instructional modes
Course occurrence

Individual study

Lecture

Project

Tutorial

Tests
Tentamen
Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock KW2, Block KW4

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