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Hours to complete

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100% online

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

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Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 26 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
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! ...
Reading
1 video (Total 2 min), 8 readings
Reading8 readings
Meet the instructors & the team5m
Welcome to Leiden University5m
Complete our short survey5m
Graphic content warning1m
Tips for studying online10m
Being successful in an international virtual learning environment10m
Behaving in an academic way10m
Study guide10m
Hours to complete
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....
Reading
4 videos (Total 19 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
On Being A Scientist Episode 17m
What is science? Part I6m
What is science? Part II4m
Reading1 reading
Readings module 130m
Quiz1 practice exercise
What is Science?20m
Week
2
Hours to complete
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....
Reading
3 videos (Total 15 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
On Being A Scientist Episode 29m
Scientific questions5m
Reading1 reading
Readings Module 2m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Scientific questions15m
Week
3
Hours to complete
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....
Reading
4 videos (Total 22 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
On Being A Scientist Episode 37m
Publish or perish. Part I6m
Publish or perish. Part II6m
Reading1 reading
Readings module 340m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Scientific results20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
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....
Reading
4 videos (Total 17 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
On Being A Scientist Episode 45m
The scientific method. Part I5m
The scientific method. Part II5m
Reading1 reading
Readings module 4m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Scientific activities15m

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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