module 05: research design

module 05: research design

  • module 5: research design
    07/09/2020 - 11/09/2020
    1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
    Mon 07/09: 1:45 pm - 5:00 pm | online
    Tue 08/09: 1:45 pm - 5:00 pm | online
    Wed 09/09: 1:45 pm - 5:00 pm | online
    Thu 10/09: 1:45 pm - 5:00 pm | online
    Fri 11/09: 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm | online

Course details

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A sound knowledge of research methodology is essential for undertaking any valid empirical study. The overall goal of this module is to familiarize participants with the different elements of the scientific research cycle which will allow them to design their own research project (proposal) and comprehensively explain their research design (thesis, article). Although scientific disciplines may differ in the particular methods they emphasize, their broad approach to research inquiry is quite similar. Research will be approached as a process consisting of a series of steps, and recognizing that the quality of a research project can never exceed that of the weakest chain.
At the end of this module, participants will have a better understanding of:

  • positioning research by formulating appropriate external and internal research objectives
  • formulating proper research questions and research hypotheses
  • the basics of a conceptual framework, path diagram and DAG, and tree diagram (facet approach)
  • when and how to apply common study designs (experiment, cross sectional, longitudinal, case study design)
  • the basics of data collection (operationalization, instrumentation)
  • how to make a good sampling plan (random, non-random)
  • intelligently discuss internal and external validity of a study
  • ethics of research
  • avoiding questionable research practices

Course structure

While the course is particularly useful for students dealing with human subjects (social science, health, law, medicine, environmental studies, and so on), students from other scientific disciplines may also benefit from understanding the process approach to research design taught in this module. The module is taught in 9 sessions of 1.5 hours of lecturing, making exercises and enjoying interactive debate about the essence of science.


No particular knowledge or skills are required to participate.


Prof. Dr. Jarl Kampen has a PhD in the Political and Social Sciences by writing a thesis on “The analysis and interpretation of models for ordinal association” (KUBrussel, 2000). He teaches research methods and statistics in Antwerp University (Belgium) and in Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and for BSc, MSc and PhD students of very diverse backgrounds (e.g., environmental science, social science, health studies, epidemiology) with a demonstrably competence-based, active and student-centred, internationally oriented and research-driven approach. His experience and expertise covers both quantitative and qualitative research methodology. As a statistical and methodological consultant he provides methodological and statistical support to many applied researchers in short and long-term interdisciplinary collaborations. Jarl publishes regularly in the theoretical (statistics, methodology) and applied scientific literature.

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