This is the website for the course INFOWO (Wetenschappelijke
onderzoeksmethoden), which translates as Scientific Research
Methods in English.
- (03/12/2013) Remarks about the additional exam on January 2.
- The material consists of all lectures, workshops and
exercise classes from the entire course (this
includes handouts of the lectures, literature mentioned in
the schedule for those lectures and the PDF's for the
exercise classes, see schedule
- There will be 15 multiple choice questions and 4 or 5 open questions.
- The exam will take place in EDUC-ALFA between 09:00 and
- (26/11/2013) The final results of the exam and the papers
are ready and can be inspected on this
page. There will be an opportunity to inspect your
exam on December 2, between 15:00 and 16:30 in BBL-518
- (04/11/2013) For the paper copy of the final paper it is
sufficient to include only the appendices with the relevant
SPSS output and the questionnaire. I can check the remaining
appendices in the electronic version.
- (31/10/2013) The deadline of 3 Nov for the final paper is
for the electronic version only (via SUBMIT). The paper
version should be delivered before 7 Nov 12:00 (noon) in my
mailbox in BBL-513.
- (28/10/2013) Remarks about the second exam on November 7:
- The material consists of all lectures, workshops and exercise classes from September 30 up to and including October 26 (this includes handouts of the lectures, literature mentioned in the schedule for those lectures and the PDF's for the exercise classes, see schedule for details).
- There will not be a test example. The structure of the
exam will be same as for the intermediate test: a mix of
multiple choice questions and open questions. The type of
the open questions will be the same as in the intermediate
test, the previous example
test, and the exercises.)
- (24/10/2013) The opportunity for inspection of the
intermediate exam today is between 13:30 and 15:30
(it has been extended since some students have lectures
- The deadline for the electronic submission of the draft paper is Sunday before midnight. I do not expect you to bring me a paper copy before that deadline, though. It is ok if you bring one paper copy to the workshop on Monday. Note the detailed grading guidelines on the Grading page.
- The scheme that explains which team has to review which
papers can be found here.
It is each team's own responsibility that the other teams
obtain a copy of their paper, and that they obtain copies
of the papers that they have to review. Each team is also
responsible that each team member performs one review.
- Since we do not have time to send every team email
individually, the comments on deliverable 5 can be found here.
- The results of the intermediate exam are online here.
There will be an opportunity to inspect your exam on
Thursday 24 Oct between 13:30 and 15:00 in room BBL-518.
- I have provided more details on the grading of the paper
on the Grading page.
- The list with questionnaires is online here. Fill in all the
questionnaires before Tuesday Oct 8 23:59. (Link to Team
1C has been added)
- I have updated the solution for week 4 (as the book ed.8 does not have the answer)
- I have added the answers to the test example.
- (24/09/2013) Remarks about the intermediate exam on October 3:
- The material consists of all lectures, workshops and exercise classes from September 5 up to and including September 26 (handouts of the lectures, literature mentioned in the schedule for those lectures and the PDF's for the exercise classes, see schedule for details)
- Exam is closed book, so no papers, notes, laptops, tablets, mobile phones.
- Bring a calculator (not necessarily fancy, but must be able to calculate basic arithmetic and square roots)
- A graphical calculator is allowed.
- A paper with formula's will be provided (see here).
- Copies of Tables B1 and B2 from the G&W book will be provided.
- There will be 15 multiple choice questions and 4 or 5
- You may choose to write English or Dutch in the exam.
- A partial example of a test can be found here.
- I have updated the instruction manual. Make sure you read the descriptions of the activities of the workshops and the deliverables.
- For the second time: Here is the ECIS template.
Submissions must use this template!
- The feedback on the first deliverables can be found here.
- Some info about the upcoming exam: there will be 15
multiple choice questions, 4 or 5 open questions (which
you may answer in English or in Dutch); no books allowed,
but you will be provided with a paper with formulas and tables for
calculations, you may use a calculator, even a graphical
calculator, but you must demonstrate in the open questions
that you also understand the calculations. A partial
example of a test can be found here.
- (18/09/2013) Due to the large number of registered
students we have decided to introduce an extra group for the
research workshops. You can find the assignment of teams to
groups on this list.
For the exercise classes nothing changes, we keep using
three groups (you are free to choose which group you attend
on Thursdays). Please use the new assignment also in the
naming conventions for the next submissions of the
deliverables, so, for instance, Team G should name their
next doc as "4G-deliverable2.pdf".
- (13/09/2013) You can download SPSS from https://intercon.science.uu.nl/software and for 2 euro you can obtain a license from surfspot. SPSS is installed on all campus computers.
- To make things clear: the logbook to record your
activities is for your personal and team use. We do not
need to see them and you do not have to include them in
- Don't forget to fill in the questionnaire!
- The manual for the SUBMIT system can be found on the startpage, by clicking on the word "handleiding" (which is Dutch for "manual"), which gives you a PDF of the English manual.
- A small change in the schedule (lecture on survey
research postponed to 23 sept)
- The headings in the instruction manual could be better:
the deliverable for coming saturday is only the problem
statement and the foundation for the statement. The
summary of the relevant paper for the research problem is
an activity for the next workshop, not something that has
to be included in the first deliverable. (I have updated
manual to version 1.3 to make this more precise)
- The link to the template in the instruction manual might not be working. You can find the template also here.
- There are several links on this website to the instruction manual for the research workshops, but unfortunately they pointed to different versions. Make sure you use the correct one that has "Instructions for INFOWO workshops 2013" on the title page. You can find it here (and hopefully all links are now updated correctly).
- The list with assignments to groups and teams has been updated. The latest version is here.
- I have re-activated the Twitter account. You can find it
- (09/09/2013) The assignments to groups and teams can be
- (04/09/2013 This message
was sent to all registered students on September 4. Read it,
because it is important! I you do not register for the
research workshop, you cannot be allowed to participate in
the practical track and complete the course!!
- (02/09/2013) For the research part of the course you have
to do a research study in a team of 4 students. You can
already register you and your team on this
page. Note: max team size is 4 (four). If you have
formed a team of two or three students you can register, and
we will assign students to complete the number to four.
Teams should be either all bachelor students, or all master
students. Deadline for this registration is Monday 09-09 at
09:00h. The list of assignments to groups and teams will be
- (02/09/2013) I've added a description of the criteria for
the grading of the research papers on the Grading page.
- (29/08/2013) The instructions
for the workshops are online.
- (28/08/2013) New website for 2013 course is online.
- The questionnaire for the course can be found here.
Please take some time to fill in your data!