After taking this course students are able to:
Connection to the work field
- apply advanced methodologies relevant for research problems in HFE
- know essential steps of using these methods
- discuss the advantages and disadvantages of these methods
- set up and use the required apparatus/software
- draw conclusions from these research methods
- communicate the results of the various methods
- critically reflect on research in HFE
- give a presentation on research in HFE
They will get to know how to apply several methodologies that are relevant for the work field, they get to know the essential steps, the advantages and disadvantages of the various methods, and they get an overview of the research in this field and learn to critically reflect on this research.
The course Advanced Research Methods (ARM) teaches Master students of the specialization ‘Human Factors and Engineering Psychology’ (HFE) advanced skills in research methods commonly practiced in the field of Human Factors, Engineering Psychology, and Cognitive Psychology. These methods build up on different courses and modules offered in the Bachelor and Pre-Master curriculum such as Module 6, ‘Human Factors and Engineering Psychology’. By following the current course students will attain a higher level of research skills that are not only relevant for applied research, but also for fundamental research.
The course ARM offers a broad range of methods, and combines theory and practice. The students will develop the skills by studying the appropriate literature prior to the workshop. Furthermore, HFE students are required to follow in total 40 hours of workshops during which they practice the various methods. The main focus of all workshops is to learn to apply the different methods, which are combined with a theoretical introduction.
Next to the obligatory 40 hours, the student is free to join other workshops that are offered by the specializations CRS, PPT, and the department of OMD. After the workshops, students extend their knowledge by studying related literature and finalize assignments related to the various workshops that have to be delivered in the last week of the quarter.