Method in Research Design – ONLINE

Method in Research Design – ONLINE

  • Day 1
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Day 2
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Day 3
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Course details

methodology course | level: beginner | register now
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affiliation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel


This 3-day FLAMES course offers you an overview of the entire research cycle, starting with guidelines for positioning your research; formulation of proper research questions and hypotheses; continuing with the choice study design (experiment, cross sectional, longitudinal, case study), and sampling design (random, non-random); discussing important issues that need consideration during the phase of data collection (qualitative, quantitative); research ethics and research integrity; and finally, reporting the research in a scientific manner including considerations of archiving data and GDPR.

By the end of the course, students are (among other things) able to:
1. Explain the differences between a conceptual and technical research design;
2. Understand the differences of research approaches in the Context of Discovery and in the Context of Justification;
3. Position a study in the problem-solving cycle by formulating the research objective in terms of a "why" and a "what" of the study;
4. Understand when qualitative research is appropriate, and when quantitative research is appropriate;
5. Understand what are good research questions, and arrive at corresponding hypotheses;
6. Describe the defining features of experimental, cross sectional, longitudinal and case study design and make an informed choice of an appropriate study design;
7. Understand the basic principles of operationalization of one- and multidimensional concepts;
8. Describe the pros and cons of different data collection methods (qualitative, quantitative);
9. Clarify what random and non-random sampling is about;
10. Design a scientific research plan and evaluate the design in terms of internal and external validity.
The general set-up of this course consists of lecturing with assignments where students are invited to apply principles of research design to their own ongoing research. Students are encouraged to bring along a 1-page summary of their research project.


No previous experience is required.

Background readings

Tobi, H. & J. K. Kampen (2018). Research design: The Methodology for Interdisciplinary Research Framework, Quality & Quantity 52: 1209-1225.


PhDs & postdocs of Flemish universities: free of charge
Other academics & non-profit/social sector: EUR 450
Private sector: EUR 1200




Prof. dr. Jarl Kampen

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