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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Research Topic

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 33 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Problem Statement5m
Research Objective / Empirical Cycle6m
Research Question11m
Testimonial 1 - Introduction to Julia's research5m
3 readings
Introduction to Studying Cities: Social Science Methods for Urban Research5m
Reading assignment: Problem Statement (video)10m
Reading assignment: Research objective (video)10m
2 practice exercises
Pre-test30m
Module 1 - Quiz
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

Theoretical Framework and Operationalization

1 hour to complete
5 videos (Total 42 min)
5 videos
Knowing What is Known: Literature Review9m
Conceptualisation6m
Conceptual Framework11m
Operationalization9m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

Research Strategies

1 hour to complete
10 videos (Total 71 min)
10 videos
Strategy Validity and Reliability8m
Surveys8m
Experiments10m
Quasi Experiments9m
Case Studies - Defining a case study and when to use it7m
Case Studies - Types of case studies6m
Desk Research6m
Hanna's Testimonial: Researching commuting to work by bicycle in Rotterdam.5m
Hanna's Testimonial: Choosing a suitable strategy6m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 and 3 - Quiz
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Quantitative and Qualitative Data

1 hour to complete
9 videos (Total 77 min)
9 videos
Sampling8m
Primary Quantitative Data Collection10m
Secondary Quantitative Data Collection7m
Primary Qualitative Data Collection - Part One8m
Primary Qualitative Data Collection - Part Two9m
Constructing a Questionnaire10m
Administering a Questionnaire3m
Preparing and Conducting Interviews8m

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  • The course is suitable for graduate students in social sciences, but is especially directed towards those interested in urban and local development and management. Your prior knowledge will be tested at the beginning of the course, to give you more insight in your own learning development. The course content is based on providing basic knowledge for master students, which may be used during the master course or as preparation for prospective master students.

  • During the course you will enjoy video lectures, testimonials and additional readings. These will all be made available within the course, so no further resources are needed. Of course to fully comprehend research methods, additional studying independent of the course is advisable.

  • To pass this course, you are expected to read and view all the researches provided. Your prior knowledge will be tested at the start, which will not be graded. During the course there will be practice quizzes at the end of every week, and you will pass the course by passing the final test in week 5.

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