Quantitative Methods

University of Amsterdam

Join the University of Amsterdam's Quantitative Methods course to delve into the principles of solid scientific methods in the behavioral and social sciences. This comprehensive course encompasses the fundamental principles of science, history, and philosophy of science, along with research designs, measurement, sampling, and ethics.

Through engaging modules, you will explore various topics including the origins of the scientific method, the empirical cycle, research designs, measurement, sampling, and practice, ethics, and integrity in research. Gain a deeper understanding of quantitative research methods in the social sciences, with a strong focus on research integrity.

  • Explore the fundamental principles of science
  • Gain insights into the history and philosophy of science
  • Understand research designs, measurement, and sampling
  • Examine the ethical considerations in research

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Quantitative Methods
Course Modules

This course comprises engaging modules covering the origins of the scientific method, the empirical cycle, research designs, measurement, sampling, and practice, ethics, and integrity in research. Gain an in-depth understanding of quantitative research methods in the social sciences with a strong emphasis on research integrity.

Before we get started...

Module 1: Before we get started...

  • Discover the reasons to join
  • Learn how to navigate the course
  • Understand the course format and requirements
  • Know the team behind the course

Origins of the scientific method

Module 2: Origins of the scientific method

  • Explore the history of non-scientific and scientific methods
  • Understand essential qualities of the scientific method
  • Gain insights into epistemology and ontology
  • Learn about knowledge scientificity and philosophy of science

The Scientific Method

Module 3: The Scientific Method

  • Explore the empirical cycle and (dis)confirmation
  • Understand causality and internal validity threats
  • Learn about variables of interest and disinterest
  • Examine informed consent and research integrity

Research Designs

Module 4: Research Designs

  • Discover true experiments and factorial designs
  • Understand manipulation, randomization, and matching
  • Learn about quasi-experimental and correlational designs
  • Gain insights into various research design approaches


Module 5: Measurement

  • Explore operationalization and measurement levels
  • Understand measurement validity and reliability
  • Learn about survey, questionnaire, and test design
  • Examine response and rater bias in measurement


Module 6: Sampling

  • Explore external validity threats and sampling concepts
  • Understand probability and non-probability sampling
  • Learn about sampling and non-sampling errors
  • Examine sample size and generalization from samples

Practice, Ethics & Integrity

Module 7: Practice, Ethics & Integrity

  • Explore documentation and data management
  • Understand ethical considerations in research
  • Learn about research integrity and peer review process
  • Examine ethical issues in research dissemination

Catch Up

Module 8: Catch Up

  • Review screencast practice exams and transcripts
  • Complete practice exams with immediate feedback
  • Engage in the final writing assignment for evaluation

Exam Time!

Module 9: Exam Time!

Prepare for the final exam to test your understanding of the course material.

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