This blended learning course is aimed at PhD candidates who have little or no experience with empirical research and data analysis
After completion of this course students will be able to:
This course introduces the basic principles of empirical research in the social sciences. The role of research in the context of the empirical cycle (i.e. testing theories) and research in the context of problem solving and design will be discussed. Students will learn to formulate clear and answerable empirical research questions. They will also learn to select from various correlational and experimental research designs and different data collection methods to answer these research questions. During the course, students will develop a first understanding of the concepts of validity and reliability, and will comprehend factors that may undermine (measurement/internal/external) validity of research. Finally, they will get a basic understanding of descriptive and inferential data analysis.