Research Methods and Techniques

Modules first semester

The first semester consists of three blocks. The first block takes place in September and October, the second block in November and December and the third block in January and February. Each block consists of different modules and can be followed separately in different years, for those wishing to do the course part time (more info about the part-time MEMR on request).

1

BLOCK

 Urban Dynamics
 City Marketing
 Transport Economics and Policy
 Managing the Urban Economy
 Urban Management in Europe, Part I

2

BLOCK

 Sustainable Development and Climate Change
 Urban Culture and Tourism
 Urban Governance
 Urban Management in Europe, Part II

3

BLOCK

 Research Methods and Techniques

  

Research Methods and Techniques

(4 ECTS)

  

Contents:

This module is carried out together with the IHS (Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies) and pools the MEMR students with students from the IHS course in Urban Management and Development. The module prepares the participants for writing their theses proposals and their theses - at the end of the module the participants will be able to:

  • Know about the quality criteria for good research methodologies in qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • Interpret and assess the research methods and findings presented in a (empirical) research article and formulate an opinion about validity and reliability
  • Formulate an unambiguous and ‘researchable’ research question
  • Chose the appropriate method and techniques in relation to the research question
  • Apply the concepts of validity and reliability to the thesis (proposal)
  • Design reliable and valid research instruments (questionnaires, observation schemes etc)
  • Understand and apply basic qualitative methods
  • Understand and apply basic statistical methods
  • Give an adequate description of the research methods and findings in the thesis; (adequate = supply enough information in order to be able to replicate, and in order for the reader to understand the findings and assess the quality of the study)