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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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Beginner Level

Approx. 25 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Greek

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
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1 hour to complete

Introduction

Welcome! Before you start we invite you to first go through our introduction module and introduce yourself in the forum to meet your fellow learners. If you encounter any difficulties while studying, please let us know in the forum. For technical difficulties or questions regarding the course certificate, you can always contact the Coursera Learner Helpdesk. Good luck & we hope you will enjoy this course!

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1 video (Total 2 min), 7 readings
7 readings
Meet the instructors & the team5m
Welcome to Leiden University5m
Complete our short survey5m
Graphic content warning1m
Community Guidelines & Academic Toolkit10m
Tips for studying online10m
Study guide10m
1 hour to complete

What is Science?

This module discusses the nature of science, in particular the attempt by the philosopher Karl Popper to demarcate science from other kinds of knowledge. It also raises the question whether history is a science.

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4 videos (Total 19 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
4 videos
On Being A Scientist Episode 17m
What is science? Part I6m
What is science? Part II4m
1 reading
Readings module 130m
1 practice exercise
What is Science?20m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Scientific questions

This module discusses the importance of posing the right scientific questions, as well as the nature of a good question. It also queries whether al scientific questions or research topics are allowable for an ethical point of view.

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3 videos (Total 15 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
3 videos
On Being A Scientist Episode 29m
Scientific questions5m
1 reading
Readings Module 21h
1 practice exercise
Scientific questions15m
2 hours to complete

Scientific results

This module discusses the scientific publication culture. It focuses on issues like authorship, choice of journal, the review process and citation scores as markers of scientific quality.

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4 videos (Total 22 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
4 videos
On Being A Scientist Episode 37m
Publish or perish. Part I6m
Publish or perish. Part II6m
1 reading
Readings module 340m
1 practice exercise
Scientific results20m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Scientific activities

This module questions the notion of a single scientific method. It also discusses such issues as publication bias, confirmation bias and questionable research practices.

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4 videos (Total 17 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
4 videos
On Being A Scientist Episode 45m
The scientific method. Part I5m
The scientific method. Part II5m
1 reading
Readings module 41h
1 practice exercise
Scientific activities15m
2 hours to complete

Academic differences

This module discusses some differences between different academic disciplines. Apart from studying different subjects, using different methods, disciplines are also characterised by specific cultures (e.g. values, presuppositions and habits).

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3 videos (Total 13 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
3 videos
On Being A Scientist Episode 57m
Academic differences4m
1 reading
Readings module 51h 20m
1 practice exercise
Academic differences15m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Academic careers

This module discusses the different stages of an academic career and some of the major hurdles an aspiring academic may encounter.

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3 videos (Total 13 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
3 videos
On Being A Scientist Episode 68m
Scientific careers4m
1 reading
Readings module 650m
1 practice exercise
Academic careers20m
74 hours to complete

Scientific misconduct

This module discusses the three main types of scientific misconduct or fraud: plagiarism, and the falsification and fabrication of research data.

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4 videos (Total 20 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
4 videos
On Being A Scientist Episode 77m
Scientific misconduct. Part I5m
Scientific misconduct. Part II5m
1 reading
Readings module 71h
1 practice exercise
Scientific misconducts

Instructors

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Bas Haring

Prof.dr.
Science
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Frans van Lunteren

Prof. dr.
Science

About Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

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