Research Paper


Course Objective

During this period, you carry out an own research project in a group of
two or three students (Academic and Research Skills). You choose an own
topic and formulate an approporiate research question (Bridging theory
and Practice - Application), you collect data using existing publicly
available databases, interviews or surveys, and analyze the data
(Academic and Research Skills) and you report on your findings in a
paper and oral presentation (Academic and Research Skills). Your report
has to meet academic requirements such as transparancy, replicability
and proper use of and reference to sources. The research can be
conducted on location as part of a short internship, but it can also be
based on desk research ideally linked to ongoing research of faculty
(Academic Skills; Broadening your Horizon). You learn to reflect on
research of others and to provide your comments in a constructive way
through a referee report and to use the comments of others to improve
the quality of your own research (Social Professional Skills; Self

Course Content

In this course you will apply all the knowledge and skills you have
developed in the first two years of the BSc Economics and Business
Economics in an own research project. Research topics are closely
related to timely topics and can be developed both in an empirical as
well as a theoretical direction. You typically choose a topic that fits
in the track that you have chosen, but you are allowed to choose for
other tracks if you wish. The research will be conducted in groups of
three students. The various steps of the research cycle will be
presented and discussed in a constructive setting in class. After having
finished this course, you have produced a first piece of academic
research. The experience that you will develop in this period will prove
most useful in the process of writing your bachelor thesis at the end of
the third year.

Teaching Methods

Introductory lecture in groups of 30 students (max), supervision of
groups in in-class sessions, and several group presentations of research
question (first week), progress (second week), draft version of paper
(beginning of fourth week) and final presentation (as poster at the end
of the fourth week).

Method of Assessment

Paper (60%); Referee Report (15%), Presentations (20%); Active
participation (5%).


Academic articles, depending on choice of topic.

Additional Information

This is an intensive period. You are supposed to be available full time
to work on your research and to discuss progress.

Recommended background knowledge

Quantitative Research Methods I and II and Academic Skills.

General Information

Course Code E_EBE2_RP
Credits 6 EC
Period P6
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator prof. dr. H.L.F. de Groot
Examiner prof. dr. H.L.F. de Groot
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Study Group, Lecture
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