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New Course added: Empirical Research Methods

TU Delft OpenCourseWare published a new course in Media and Knowledge Engineering, called Empirical Research Methods.

"In this course you will achieve understanding of empirical research methods and obtain practical experience with quantitative data analysis methods.

In providing the opportunity for students to develop and demonstrate understanding, knowledge and competence, the learning outcomes for the module are that students will be able to:

  1. Recognise and begin to utilise appropriate strategies for carrying out empirical research for answering research questions
  2. Appreciate how empirical research is conducted and findings can be evaluated
  3. Understand key principles underlying statistical data analysis
  4. Develop and apply appropriate research strategy and measure instruments
  5. Successfully use statistical software tools to analyse data 

The main topics of study considered in light of the above learning outcomes are:

  • Research philosophy (e.g. positivism, empiricism, naturalism)
  • Formulating empirical research questions and conceptual research models
  • Causality effects and relationships
  • Validity and Reliability
  • Scales of measurement (e.g. nominal, ordinal, interval, ratio)
  • Sampling methods (e.g. experiment, survey, observations) and measure instruments (e.g. Likert scales, semantic differential, event versus time sampling)
  • Experimental design (e.g. within and between-subjects, factorial design, counter-balancing, Latin square)
  • Biases in empirical research approaches (e.g. confounding variables, statistical power)
  • Data preparation (e.g. standardization of data, reliability analysis, Inter-rater reliability)
  • Hypothesis testing, t-test, (M)ANOVA, correlation, regression analysis
  • Non-parametric approaches to data analysis


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