9 ECTS credits
250 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 1020571BNR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (B) Bachelor - advanced level.

2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Enrollment Requirements
Studenten die dit opleidingsonderdeel opnemen, moeten minstens 30 ECTS-credits op bachelorniveau behaald hebben en geslaagd zijn op 'Bronnen in de Criminologie'. Of de student is ingeschreven in een verkort traject.
Taught in
Faculty of Law and Criminology
Educational team
Kristof Verfaillie (course titular)
Djiwo Weenas
Aude Fieuw
Lennert De Boe
Activities and contact hours
24 contact hours Lecture
30 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
196 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content

In this course, students are acquired qualitative and quantitative research design, the difference between both, their possibilities and limitations. Students learn how to develop their research design in function of the problem at stake and research aims. The content is seen in lectures and seminars:

  • The research problem and objective
  • Development of research question
  • Operationalization of the research
  • Quantitative and qualitative research designs
  • The sample of the selection of the research units
  • Development of questionnaires and assessment of methodological quality
  • Data collection techniques such as interviews, observations, focus groups, questionnaires, case studies
  • Quality criteria including validity and reliability for both quantitative and qualitative research
  • Ethical aspects of conducting research

The students are able to develop a research plan with guidance and possess the basic skills for research in the criminological field.

Course material
Digital course material (Required) : Nota’s en slides HOC en WEC Methoden van criminologisch onderzoek II
Handbook (Required) : Basisboek methoden en technieken incl. toegang tot Prepzone , Kwantitatief praktijkgericht onderzoek op wetenschappelijke basis, Baarda, - Bakker - Julsing - Fischer - van Vianen , 6de druk, Noordhoff Uitgevers B.V. , 9789001747572, 2022
Additional info

Contact hours students:

HOC: 3h x 12 = 36 h (spread over 8 modules)

30 h WPO consisting of:

  • 8 seminars of 2 to 3 hours: 25h
  • feedback: 5 hours


  • Course tracking and lesson during the semester, at a rate of 1 hour per HOC and 1 hour per WPO: 20 hours
  • Tasks / presentations (portfolio), participation crime & coffee and final paper: 100 hours
  • Exam preparation: 48 hours (6 days of 8 hours)

Presence WPO

Participation in the WPOs is not mandatory. Submitting assignments is mandatory!

All assignments must be submitted at the agreed deadline before the student can take part in the written exam. Students who do not meet the requirements of the tutorial and / or the individual substitute assignment can be referred to the 2nd session. If insufficiently present and not satisfied with the requirements of the seminar, the lecturer will, in consultation with the assistant, provide for a separate assignment 

Arrangement for evening students

The lessons for the day students are recorded on video and made available. For the evening students only tutorials (WEC) are programmed. In preparation for the seminars, students should view the video lessons or have studied the relevant chapters. Evening students come well prepared fto the WEC-classes.
Learning Outcomes

Algemene Competenties

  • The students can explain the principles of scientific criminological research and evaluation;
  • The students can list the different steps of the research cycle and explain;
  • The students can list the main concepts and principles of the methods and techniques of criminological research and apply a criminological scientific research question;
  • The students can formulate a research problem, aim and question (see Problem Formulation) about a criminological relevant research topic;
  • A problem formulation can link to a self-fledged proposal for a feasible research design (see study design);
  • The students can construct / develop a written and oral reflection on the advantages and disadvantages of a research design, according to the stated problem, question and objectives;µ
  • The students are able to establish quantitative and qualitative research tools (see questionnaires, observation schedules, interview schedules) to critically reflect on the established research tools and data collection;
  • The students work constructively together to research assignments
  • The students establish a scientific, critical and ethical attitude to the day.
  • The students make constructive efforts to contribute to the group assignments.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Other determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Other category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Permanente evaluatie with a relative weight of 100 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

    Note: Permanente Evaluatie

Additional info regarding evaluation
The evaluation consists out of the following parts:
Written exam: 50% of the final total; Multiple choice and open questions
25%: exam on quantitative part
25%: exam on quantitative part
Tutorials: 50% of the final total
The evaluation of the working seminars contains practical assignments on conducting research. The information on the content of the assignments will be communicated in the first seminar and in the working paper of the seminar at PointCarré. Students make a number of assignments for the quantitative part and the qualitative part. 
Criteria for evaluation are based on the note 'evaluation papers in criminology'. Correct use of the Dutch language is an important criteria of evaluation. 
Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Bachelor of Criminology: Standaard traject (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Criminology: Verkort traject (only offered in Dutch)