Wetenschappelijke Onderzoeksmethoden (INFOWO)

Grading INFOWO 2015

Grading of INFOWO is done on the basis of the results of the practical track, the preliminary exam and the final exam. The two exams are graded individually and they are focussed on the theoretical knowledge of research methods and statistics. The grading of the practical track is done on the basis of the partial products of this track.

Preliminary and final exam

The theoretical knowledge of the course is evaluated in a mid-term exam (after 4 weeks) and a final exam. Both exams consist mostly of multiple-choice questions on research methods and inferential statistics. For this students are expected to perform a number of statistical calculations. The use of a calculator is permitted. Tables and formulas that you may need to complete the calculations are handed out during the exam (see also the Material page)

Practical track

During the course of INFOWO students are expected to hand in two major deliverables (P1 and P2) that report on the two halves of the practical project. Preparation of these deliverables is done through a number of partial products of the practical track, namely partial deliverables P1a, P1b, and P1c for main deliverable P1, and P2a, P2b, and P2c for main deliverable P2. The lecturer and the teaching assistants will examine the submissions and will use these to provide feedback during the practicum meetings. These partial products are each graded as sufficient or insufficient. The major deliverables P1 and P2 are graded from 1 to 10. For each insufficient partial deliverable the grade of the major deliverable is reduced by 1 point. The grade P for the whole practical track is computed as the average of P1 and P2.

Final grade

The final grade is determined by T, the grade for the theoretical part, and P, the grade for the practical part. The grade for the theoretical part is calculated as the arithmetic mean of the grades for the preliminary and the final exam (so each exam weighs equally). The grade for the practical part is based on the grade for the deliverables of the research project as described above. It is neccesary, but not sufficient, for completing the course that the grades for both the theoretical and the practical part are at least 5 before rounding (so 4.99 is not enough!). If both T and P are at least 5, then the final grade before rounding is 0.6*T+0.4*P. If at least one of the grades T or P is below 5, then the end result before rounding is the minimum of 5 and 0.6*T+0.4*P, and you will not have passed the course. If both T and P are at least 5, but 0.6*T+0.4*P is smaller than 5.5, your final grade is 5 and you will not have passed the course. You will not receive a grade for the instruction classes.


You cannot get a second chance for the practical part. To qualify for the second chance exam the final grade of the course must be 4 or 5. Students who missed either the midterm or the final exam, will receive a grade "AANV" and can take part in the second chance exam. For these students the result of the second chance exam will take the place of the missing exam result. Students who missed both the midterm and the final exam, can take part in the second chance exam, if they have participated in all the deliverables of the practical track.

Dispensation research project.

Students who completed the research project in 2014 may receive a dispensation for the research project in 2015, provided the grade for the practical part (so draft paper, final paper and participation) in 2014 was at least 6.0 before rounding. To receive dispensation students must send an email to the lecturer before the end of the first week of the course. Dispensation is valid only when confirmed by the lecturer. The grade for the practical part of 2014 will then used as the number for P in the calculation of the final grade, as described above.