When students have completed this module, they have learned:
- to use (at an introductory level) the basic concepts of doing empirical research in the context of social problem solving;
- to use the basic concepts of data analytics;
- to explain the distinction between descriptive and inferential statistics;
- to visualize univariate, bivariate and multi-variate empirical data.
In order to understand the descriptions, analytics and visualization of problems, people working in the field of public administration need to have a basic understanding of social science research. In this module students develop research skills to sharply define a relatively simple problem and to describe and explain the problem using, among others, data analytics and data visualization.|
Students will be introduced to the role of research in the context of academic science and research in the context of problem solving and design. They will learn some tools that will help them to do empirical research and students will learn some basics on how to use the statistical software R.