Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 202000322
Introduction to Research Methodology
Course info
Course module202000322
Credits (ECTS)3
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personJ. van Straalen - Pas
J. Pouls
Contactperson for the course
J. van Straalen - Pas
J. van Straalen - Pas
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
At the end of the module, students will be able to:
  • recognize and distinguish between the various activities in the context of empirical research, including formulating a research question, selecting a research design, differentiating between data collection methods and some first steps in data analysis ;
  • formulate a clear descriptive or explanatory research question, including units and (a) variable(s);
  • Identify and comprehend the implications of a causal statement (correlation, time order and the absence of a third variable);
  • identify different types of research designs for answering explanatory (causal) questions, including correlational, quasi-experimental and experimental research designs and to use criteria like internal and external validity to assess these designs.
  • Identify different types of data collection methods or measurement instruments
  • calculate some descriptive statistics (incl. measures of central tendency and variability) and create simple charts and tables using the statistical program R.
  • understand the general idea of sampling and inferential statistics.

This study unit is part of the module Psychology and Intervention Design (202000320). In this part of the module you will learn what it means to systematically answer descriptive and explanatory questions. Students learn to specify research questions, to select a research design, and to analyse and interpret some outcomes of the research process.
Module description
This study unit is part of the module Psychology and Intervention Design (202000320). A module is offered as one educational unity and students take it as such.
Module 1
Participating study
Bachelor Psychology
Required materials
Babbie. E. The Practice of Social Research. 15th edition, Cengage Learning, ISBN: 978-0357360767 (Dimensie).
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes



Written Test


Handing in assignments

Kies de Nederlandse taal