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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Before we get started...

2 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 6 min), 9 readings
2 videos
Welcome to quantitative methods!3m
9 readings
Hi there!10m
How to navigate this course10m
How to contribute10m
General info - What will I learn in this course?10m
Course format - How is this course structured?10m
Requirements - What resources do I need?10m
Grading - How do I pass this course?10m
Contact - How do I stay informed?10m
Team - Who created this course?10m
4 hours to complete

Origins of the scientific method

4 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 85 min), 9 readings, 2 quizzes
14 videos
1.02 Scientific Method8m
1.03 Scientific Claims5m
1.04 Classical Period8m
1.05 Enlightenment6m
1.06 Modern Science7m
1.07 Epistemology4m
1.08 Ontology5m
1.09 Approaches7m
1.10 Goals5m
Origins - Interview - Gerben Moerman (Part 1 of 4)3m
Origins - Interview - Gerben Moerman (Part 2 of 4)2m
Origins - Interview - Gerben Moerman (Part 3 of 4)8m
Origins - Interview - Gerben Moerman (Part 4 of 4)7m
9 readings
What makes knowledge scientific?10m
What are the essential qualities of a systematic method?10m
What's the difference between a hypothesis and a theory?10m
Who developed the scientific method and when?10m
What is your philosophy of science?10m
Do you prefer your science hard or soft?10m
Honor Code - Integrity in this course10m
Transcripts: Origins10m
About the interview10m
1 practice exercise
Origins30m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

The Scientific Method

4 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 68 min), 8 readings, 3 quizzes
13 videos
2.02 (Dis)confirmation4m
2.03 Criteria5m
2.04 Causality3m
2.05 Internal Validity Threats: Participants4m
2.06 Internal Validity Threats: Instruments5m
2.07 Internal Validity Threats: Artificiality5m
2.08 Internal Validity Threats: Research setup5m
2.09 Variables of Interest4m
2.10 Variables of Disinterest5m
Scientific Method - Interview - Marjan Bakker (Part 1 of 3)5m
Scientific Method - Interview - Marjan Bakker (Part 2 of 3)5m
Scientific Method - Interview - Marjan Bakker (Part 3 of 3)6m
8 readings
What would be your 'recipe' for the scientific method?10m
What will it take for you to accept a hypothesis?10m
What do you look for in a good research study?10m
How do you identify what caused an effect?10m
What makes a causal explanation less likely?10m
What different relations and roles can variables have?10m
Transcripts: Scientific Method10m
About the interview10m
2 practice exercises
Informed Consent Form30m
Scientific Method30m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Research Designs

4 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 74 min), 8 readings, 2 quizzes
15 videos
3.02 Factorial Designs3m
3.03 Repeated Measures3m
3.04 Manipulation5m
3.05 Lab vs. Field5m
3.06 Randomization6m
3.07 Experimental Designs4m
3.08 Matching6m
3.09 Quasi-Experimental Designs6m
3.10 Correlational Designs4m
3.11 Other Designs3m
Research Designs - Interview - Maarten Bos (Part 1 of 4)5m
Research Designs - Interview - Maarten Bos (Part 2 of 4)6m
Research Designs - Interview - Maarten Bos (Part 3 of 4)4m
Research Designs - Interview - Maarten Bos (Part 4 of 4)3m
8 readings
What are the essential features of a true experiment?10m
What are other ways of comparing?10m
How do manipulation and control work (in the lab vs the field)?10m
What experimental designs can you think of?10m
What if you cannot assign randomly?10m
What if you can't manipulate either?10m
Transcripts: Research Designs10m
About the interview10m
1 practice exercise
Research Designs30m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Measurement

4 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 71 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
14 videos
4.02 Measurement Structure4m
4.03 Measurement Levels5m
4.04 Variable Types4m
4.05 Measurement Validity5m
4.06 Measurement Reliability5m
4.07 Survey, Questionnaire, Test4m
4.08 Scales and Response Options5m
4.09 Response and Rater Bias4m
4.10 Other Measurement Types4m
Measurement - Interview - Andries van der Ark (Part 1 of 4)5m
Measurement - Interview - Andries van der Ark (Part 2 of 4)3m
Measurement - Interview - Andries van der Ark (Part 3 of 4)8m
Measurement - Interview - Andries van der Ark (Part 4 of 4)3m
6 readings
How do you measure something?10m
What is measurement exactly?10m
How do you know whether you have used the right instrument?10m
How are measures constructed and what are their features?10m
Transcripts: Measurement10m
About the interview10m
1 practice exercise
Measurement30m

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