800545 :Methodology for Premasters CIS
(Methodology for CIS Pre-Master's)


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: 14x2 hours seminar (Geen informatie over collegetijden bekend)
Tentamenvorm: Written exam (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:4 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Enrollment via Blackboard before start of lectures
Blackboard informatieniet beschikbaar in Blackboard


dr. M.B.J. Mos (spring semester)

dr. P.J.F.J. Broeder (spring semester)

L.J. van Maastricht MA (fall semester)

dr. J.A.A. Engelen (fall semester)

H.C. Mui (fall semester)

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

  • Students are able to describe the characteristics and the steps involved in quantitative research and qualitative research using the correct terminology.
  • Students are able to identify the strength and weaknesses of different methods and choose the best method for a given research question. They can evaluate decisions made in the design of experimental and non-experimental methods.
  • Students are able to define the meaning of a variable, identify its measurement level and its role in a design (e.g. independent, dependent, mediating).
  • Students are able to evaluate research based on its reliability and validity.
  • Students are familiar with ethical issues in research.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

Research methodology is the toolbox of an academic. Just like a carpenter is expected to know what tools to use when, scientists are expected to know what methods are suitable to address research questions within their field. Knowledge of methodology is essential to both conducting scientific research and evaluating research done by others.

This course is an introduction to the methods of conducting empirical research within the field of Communication and Information science. After a general introduction to the scientific method, important concepts and ethical issues, we discuss experimental research and non-experimental research (e.g. survey research, research using existing data, and corpus research). We will do so by discussing classic research as well as research that is currently conducted in our own department.

Each meeting consists of three subparts: a knowledge quiz (see 'specifics), a lecture, and an interactive seminar/discussion. During the seminars different methodological issues will be discussed and the knowledge from the literature will be applied to methodological questions in small groups. The students are expected to take an active part in the discussions.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

Knowledge about the literature is tested at the beginning of each seminar by means of a knowledge quiz. There will be 12 knowledge quizzes and the 10 best results together make up 45% of the final grade.

Understanding of the literature and the ability to apply the knowledge to new problems will be tested in a written assignment. This assignment makes up 15% of the final grade.

Understanding of the literature and the ability to apply the knowledge to new problems will also be tested with a written exam with approximately five short essay questions which determines 40% of the final grade.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. Treadwell, D., Introducing communication Research; Paths of Inquiry, second edition, 2014.
  2. Various articles, which will be announced via Blackboard.

Verplicht voor

  • Premaster Communication and Information Sciences ( 2014, 2015 )
  • Premaster Communication and Information Sciences: voorjaar ( 2015 )