Introduction to Quantitative Research Methodology

Name of the PhD course
Introduction to Quantitative Research Methodology

PART I: 19-20 October 2020 -  PART II: 26-27 October 2020
19 October + 26 October: start time 10.00 to 17.00
20 October + 27 October: start time 09.00 to 16.00

Aarhus University, Bartholins Allé 10, 8000 Aarhus C
19 October: 1324-025 (Twin lecture theatre, building 1324, room 025)
20 October: 1325-420
26 October at 10.00 to 14.00: 1325-328 + at 14.00 to 17.00: 1323-122
27 October: 1325-020

Bobby (Robert) Zachariae


ECTS credits

Learning objective
To discover methodological strengths and challenges in my PhD project and to identify possible methods to address these challenges and improve the quality of my research project

Content and programme
An introduction to challenges in quantitative research projects. Areas covered: DAY 1: From research idea to research design. My research question and hypotheses.  My choice of research design – strengths and limitations. DAY 2: Reviewing the background literature: Existing knowledge as starting point for my research project – what will my study add? My chosen design: Statistical power, sample size, sensitivity, precision, and possible sources of error. DAY 3: Recruitment, non-response, and dropout. Measurement: Ensuring the quality of my instruments. Scientific misconduct and good scientific practice. DAY 4: Analyzing my data: analytical strategy, data-management, and choice of statistical tests. Bringing it all together: Overall assessment of the quality of my research project: strengths, limitations, and what can be done to remedy the limitations? A personal perspective: Exploring my strengths and weaknesses as a researcher. Course format: Plenary presentations, individual, group, and plenary exercises.

Please see course overview

Requirements for receiving course credits are a) Active participation on all 4 days of the course, and b) Completion of brief home assignments prior to the first day of the course and between course days

There is no required curriculum, but relevant texts will be made available to participants during the course

Target group
PhD students who are in the early phases of their PhD project. PhD students from all faculties are welcome

Applying for the course
Please complete online application form

Deadline for applying
18 September 2020

Maximal number of participants