module 05: research design

module 05: research design

  • module 5: research design
    09/09/2019 - 13/09/2019
    1:45 pm - 12:45 pm
    Mon 9/09: 1.45 pm - 5.00 pm | S8 room 2.036
    Tue 10/09: 1.45 pm - 5.00 pm | S9 room 3.2
    Wed 11/09: 1.45 pm - 5.00 pm | S9 room 3.2
    Thu 12/09: 1.45 pm - 5.00 pm | S9 room 3.1
    Fri 13/09: 11.15 am - 12.45pm am | S9 room 3.2

Course details

week 1


A sound knowledge of research methodology is essential for undertaking any valid empirical study. Although scientific disciplines may differ in the particular methods they emphasize, their broad approach to research inquiry is similar. 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). 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:

  • The scientific process that underlies empirical research
  • Formulating research problems and appropriate research hypotheses
  • Data collections methods: techniques and issues
  • Study designs (experiment, cross sectional, longitudinal, case study design
  • Selecting the appropriate design in function of the operational hypotheses
  • The concept of sampling and different sampling designs
  • Important issues during the actual data collection or field work
  • Important issues when reporting the research findings.
  • Research ethics and questionable research practice

Course structure

The module is taught in 9 sessions of 1.5 hours of lecturing, making exercises and interactive debate about the essence of science.


No particular knowledge or skills are required to participate.


Prof. Jarl Kampen (1970) is guest professor at the department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics of Antwerp University, and assistant professor in Wageningen University at Biometris. He published in methodology and statistics, and contributed to applied research in social and political science, climate, economy, ecology, medicine, psychology, and more.


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