Methods & Techniques

FEB12012X Academic year 2013-2014

Lecturers:Dr. A.J. Koning, Dr. T.G.M. Van Ourti, dr. A. Pick
Practical lecturer:S. den DaasF. van KeekenJ.W. RadermacherH. Zhou
Contact:Dr. T.G.M. Van Ourti
Coordinator:Dr. T.G.M. Van Ourti
Elaboration lecturer:Dr. A.J. KoningDr. T.G.M. Van Ourtidr. A. Pick
  • Lectures
  • Exercise lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Assignments 5%
  • Two interim tests with multiple choice questions (60%, 30% each)
  • Written regular examination with essay and multiple choice questions (35%)
  • Written re-examination with multiple choice questions (100%)
Period: block 4
Exam period: Block 4, Resit (July)
Entry requirements:Only accessible for IBEB students
Exam requirements:Compulsory attendance of at least 70 % of the tutorials (this obligation does not apply - if applicable - to HBO/WO pre-master students, part-time students, Erasmus Colleges students, exchange students and students who have rounded off their Bachelor-1 within one year with a weighted average of 7.0 or higher and students who have already achieved a valid - registered in OSIRIS - but insufficient c
Exam material:
  • Compulsory literature
  • Slides from M&T-lectures.
Study level:Bachelor 2 (International Bachelor Economics & Business Economics) (Level)
Secretary: ESE-Secretariaat Toegepaste Economie
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The course objective is that students can perform, assess and apply scientific economic research. In M&T, students get acquainted with scientific reasoning methods and practical research techniques. They also learn how to present research outcome.

During the later Research Project (block 5) students practically exercise, independently and in small teams, empirical quantitative research. They then show their ability to apply theories, methods, techniques and skills studied earlier.


In Methods & Techniques students will learn to work with a tool box for scientific economic research. The focus is on acquiring knowledge and skills useful for fundamental and applied research in both the public and the private sector. The complete cycle of scientific research will be discussed. In the Techniques part, lectures will build on the knowledge and insights from the courses Applies Statistics, adding some econometric techniques (in particular timeseries analyses).


  • E. Babbie, The Practice of Social Research, 13th edition, Wadsworth-Thomson, (ISBN: 978-1-133-05009-4)
  • Field, A., Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. Sage, Los Angeles, 2009. (ISBN: 978-1-84787-907-3)
  • R.C. Hill, W.E. Griffiths, G.C. Lim, Principles of Econometrics, fourth edition, Wiley, 2012 . (ISBN: 978-0-470-87372-4)

  • The subject matter of the M-part and the first T-part will be tested in a midterm exam (30%) in week 5. The subject matter of the first and second T-part will be tested in a midterm exam (30%) in week 6. The final exam in week 8 (35%) concerns the subject matter of all parts of the M&T course, i.e. the M-part, the first T-part, the second T-part.

  • Both the midterm exams and the final exam consist of MC-questions. The final exam requires a minimum grade of 4.5.

  • The written re-examination contains multiple choice questions on all parts of the M&T course.

Methods & Techniques FEB12012X Academic year 2013-2014