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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Research Topic

By studying this week’s materials and by answering the related questions and quiz, you will gain a deeper understanding of the need and the criteria for a problem statement, the main components of the research design and how to formulate a good research question. You will learn the different aspects in order to understand these primary steps in conducting research, and be given the tools to evaluate the quality of research questions according to the criteria.

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5 videos (Total 33 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
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-test16m
Module 1 - Quiz
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Theoretical Framework and Operationalization

By studying this week’s materials and by answering the related questions and quiz, you will gain more insight in how operationalization transitions theory to empirical research. You will learn how an empirical researcher creates the transformation from the research question to the conceptual framework, and from the complex concepts of this framework to measurable (unambiguous) indicators. You will also become aware of the most common mistakes inexperienced researchers make in the operationalization.

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5 videos (Total 42 min)
5 videos
Conceptual Framework11m
Operationalization9m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Research Strategies

By studying this week’s materials and by answering the related questions and quiz, you will gain more knowledge about the possible strategies or approaches in empirical research. The research strategy of any research should be a coherent body of decisions concerning the way in which the researcher is going to carry out the research in order to obtain valid answers to the research questions. The main strategies in social science research will be discussed during this week’s lectures, namely the survey, quasi-experiment, case study and desk research (working with existing large data sets). You will gain basic knowledge on these 4 strategies, and how they link to research questions. By the end of the week you will understand the importance of choosing appropriate methods and techniques in relation to a research question.

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10 videos (Total 71 min), 1 quiz
10 videos
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
1 hour to complete

Quantitative and Qualitative Data

By studying this week’s materials and by answering the related questions and quiz, you will gain knowledge on the basics of collecting data. The video lectures will teach you how to deal with primary quantitative data collection (survey) and secondary quantitative data collection (existing large data sets). We’ll continue the week with qualitative data collection, both primary (interviews) and secondary (from existing literature). Therefore you will gain a basic understanding of the data collection for each of the research strategies treated last week.

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9 videos (Total 77 min)
9 videos
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

Instructors

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Laura Neijenhuis

Research Assistant
Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)
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Jan Fransen

Head of Education & Training
Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)
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Dorcas Nthoki

Research Assistant
Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS)
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Rick Wolff

Senior Educational Advisor
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • 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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