YRM-65300 Questionnaire Construction


Credits 1.50

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. V Torres van Grinsven
Lecturer(s)dr. V Torres van Grinsven
Examiner(s)dr. H Tobi

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This module focuses on the design of questions and questionnaires used in scientific research. While the emphasis is on practical skills students will get acquainted also with theoretical issues underlying questionnaire construction. The module addresses the whole process of questionnaire design: from translating theoretical concepts into measurable items up to the lay-out of the questionnaire. Discussion will involve the measurement of both subjective and objective phenomena and the use of self-completion questionnaires versus interviewer administered questionnaires. Topics include guidelines for question-construction to ensure respondent comprehension; the effects of question wording, response formats, and question sequence on responses; combining individual questions into a meaningful questionnaire; and obtaining sensitive or personal information.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- reflect on scientific criteria for questionnaire construction;
- tell the difference between better and worse types of questions;
- translate theoretical concepts into questionnaire items;
- construct a questionnaire for their own needs;
- describe the strengths and weaknesses of their self-build questionnaire.


Workshops in which both lecturing and interactive learning take place. Activities involve discussions and (two) assignments on:
- theoretical issues on questionnaire construction;
- defining and operationalising theoretical concepts;
- question formulation and response scales;
- designing and testing a questionnaire.
In the final paper students discuss their findings, relate them to the literature and defend their conclusions.


Final paper.


Hand out articles during the workshops.