Science skills and statistics

Course Code :1105FLWTLA
Study domain:Linguistics and Proficiency
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st/2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Hubert Meeus
Dominiek Sandra
Patricia Stoop

3. Course contents *

This course serves to equip students with the practical skills needed to carry out scientific research in linguistics and literature. Starting from a scientific perspective, students learn how to locate sources and collect information from bibliographies, libraries and the internet. Emphasis is placed on major works of reference in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish language and literature. The students will then learn how to critically evaluate and select primary and secondary sources. In doing so, they will gain a clear understanding of the data carriers (manuscript, book, cd, website, ¿). Finally, the students will develop the skills needed to present the results of their scientific research.

In the section Statistics students are taught to use the basic concepts in the fields of descriptive and explanatory statistics. The focus is not on a mathematical understanding but on a conceptual grasp of these concepts. Concepts that will be discussed include: the distinction between population and sample, several measures of the central tendency of a series of numbers (and the underlying population), several measures of the variation in a series of numbers (and the underlying population), the normal distribution, z values, p values, confidence intervals, ...