Brush up your research design: tips and tricks to achieve your research aim

Methodology courses and philosophy of science


Course information

ECTS: 2.5 
Number of sessions: 4
Hours per session: 3
Course fee:

  • free for PhD candidates of the Graduate School
  • € 475,- for non-members
  • You can only enrol for one edition of this course.
  • consult our enrolment policy for more information

Contact:

Telephone: +31 (0)10 4082607 (Graduate School)


You can only enrol for one edition of this course.

Edition 1

Session 1
October 2 (Tuesday) 2018
13:30-16:30
Sanders building (directions), room S0-09.  

Session 2
October 9 (Tuesday) 2018
13:30-16:30
Sanders building (directions), room S0-09. . 

Session 3
October 16 (Tuesday) 2018
13:30-16:30
Sanders building (directions​​​​​​​), room S0-09. 

Session 4
October 23 (Tuesday) 2018
13:30-16:30
​​​​​​​Sanders building (directions​​​​​​​), room S0-09. 

Edition 2

Session 1
January 29 (Tuesday) 2019
13:30-16:30
Location will be announced soon.

Session 2
February 5 (Tuesday) 2019
13:30-16:30
Location will be announced soon.

Session 3
February 12 (Tuesday) 2019
13:30-16:30
Location will be announced soon.

Session 4
February 19 (Tuesday) 2019
13:30-16:30
Location will be announced soon.


Aims and working method

The objective of this course is to support you in designing (or brushing up, or revising) your research project in such a way that you will achieve your research aim. The course will provide you with a set of procedures and criteria (tips and tricks) that, in a structured manner, will help you to make decisions about your research design and methods that are consistent with your research aim.

The logic of this approach follows the usual phases of an empirical study, from the specification of its aim against the background of an evaluation of previous research, through case/sample selection and measurement decisions, to the production of the study’s results, their interpretation and their reporting. You will practice this approach by applying it to your own research project.


Session descriptions

  • Session 1:
    Specifying your research aim and research design
    • Tips and tricks to specify your research aim in such detail that it will steer you in the design of your project, and for specifying a research design and a sample that are consistent with this research aim.
    • Preparation: A description of these tips and tricks will be provided. Using these tips and tricks, you specify your research aim, and a research design and a sample that are consistent with this research aim. You will receive feedback in class.
  • Session 2:
    Specifying data collection methods and methods of analysis
    • Tips and tricks for specifying data collection methods and a method of data analysis that are consistent with your research aim and your research design.
    • Preparation: A description of these tips and tricks will be provided. You specify your data collection methods and a method of data analysis, using these tips and tricks. You will receive feedback in class.
  • Session 3 and 4:
    Individual consultation
    • Preparation: Describe current issues or dilemmas in your research project and/or issues discussed in class that need clarification. These issues will be discussed in an individual meeting.

About the instructor

Vincent Homburg is associate professor in Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Currently, his research focuses on e-government (both as a national, Dutch phenomenon, as well as in comparative research). He also actively contributes to the public management and information systems literature and has over eighty peer-reviewed publications. 

Vincent co-supervises several PhD candidates working on a variety of topics and employing diverse methodologies. In 2010 he received the best PhD supervisor award, awarded by the Netherlands Institute of Government’s (NIG).