Department of Information and Computing Sciences

Departement Informatica Onderwijs
Bachelor Informatica Informatiekunde Kunstmatige intelligentie Master Computing Science Game&Media Technology Artifical Intelligence Business Informatics

Onderwijs Informatica en Informatiekunde

Vak-informatie Informatica en Informatiekunde

Wetenschappelijke onderzoeksmethoden

Website:website containing additional information
Course code:INFOWO
Credits:7.5 ECTS
Period:period 1 (week 36 through 45, i.e., 8-9-2011 through 11-11-2011; retake week 1)
Participants:up till now 104 subscriptions
Schedule:Official schedule representation can be found in Osiris
Teachers:Dit is een oud rooster!
lab session          Lucas van den Bemd
Tommy Jacobus meergenaamd van de Zande
Wienand Omta
lecture          Peter de Waal
tutorial          Peter de Waal
Lucas van den Bemd
Tommy Jacobus meergenaamd van de Zande
Wienand Omta
Contents:From 2011 this course will be taught in English!!.

Information and communication processes in social systems and support of these processes by means of ICT are key topics in the field of information science. These processes are studied from both a scientific and a design perspective. To this end, it is important that you as an information science expert have an understanding of scientific methods and research and data analysis. In this module you learn which research method to use, which methods for analysis go with it and how you can report the results. Basically we follow the empirical cycle:

  • Problem formulation
  • Various research methods
  • Different methods of analysis
  • Description of results and reporting

In addition to knowledge about various methods of scientific research, we pay attention to basic knowledge of inferential statistics, and you learn how to work with the statistical software package SPSS.

Research methods, qualitative and quantitative research, survey, design research, experimental research, inferential statistics.

Learning Objectives
In this course you learn about methods and techniques in ICT research in its context. You will develop basic skills in applying research methods. After this module you can:

  • Perform a scientific research literature study
  • Formulate a testable question
  • Set up and implement a scientific research project
  • Select and apply quantitative methods of analysis
  • Report on your research

Research skills, writing, presenting

Position in the curriculum
This course is offered at the beginning of the second year. The course is compulsory for students who follow the information science bachelor. In the course we pay explicit attention to the context of scientific research in information science. In the first year scientific research in different subjects (eg Designing Interactive Systems, Organisations and ICT) are briefly discussed. Knowledge of and skills in research methods play an important role in other 2nd and 3rd year courses such as the “Onderzoeksproject”.

Required prior knowledge:

Literature:B. Blumberg, D.R. Cooper, P.S. Schindler (2011), Business Research Methods, 3rd European Edition, McGraw-Hill (ISBN 9780077129972)
Course form:
  • Lectures on research methods: 2 hours per week
  • Lectures on statistical methods: 2 hours per week
  • Workshop on the research project: 2 hours per week (mandatory)
  • Practical exercises: 2 hours per week
Exam form:Research report, participation in workshops, intermediary exam, final exam.
Minimum effort to qualify for 2nd chance exam:To qualify for the 2nd chance exam the initial result of the theoretical part of the course (the mean of the two exams) should be at least 4.