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Statistics & Research Training

At Stenden University of Applied Sciences, you will do more than simply gain knowledge; you get to put theory to practice with real-world cases. You do this in small groups, with students from all over the world. Discover your strengths, develop your own opinion, and use your expertise to solve problems. So that you’re ready to make the world your own.

Statistics and Research Training involves ‘on-the-job’ training at the European Tourism Futures Institute (ETFI), the research department of the School of Leisure & Tourism Management of Stenden Hogeschool.

Part 1 on Statistics includes

  • Z-test, confidence intervals, hypothesis and inference
  • T-test for single sample
  • T-test for paired observations, sign test, Wilcoxon rank test
  • T-test for two independent samples, Mann-Whitney test
  • Inference for fractions: binomial test, difference of proportions test
  • Variance analysis (one factors and two factors)
  • Cross tables : Chi-square test and Goodness of Fit
  • Measures of association for ratio, ordinal and nominal variables
  • Simple linear regression
  • Multiple linear regression
  • Logistic regression
  • Resizing variables, research data management

Part 2, Research Training prepares students for conducting scientific research, in addition to practical research. The training consists of learning-by-doing workshops and seminars and tackles the following topics:


  • Research attitude
    • Working on the basis of a formulated problem, towards academic level
    • Theory as a tool, towards academic level
  • Data collection
    • Surveys, questionnaires, etc.
    • Interviews, focus groups, etc.
    • Content analysis, etc.
    • Reasoning why a particular data collection method was chosen is at least as important as the technique


  • Data analysis
    • Quantitative techniques: see Statistics component
    • Qualitative techniques: coding and structured analysis of interviews, focus discussions, content analysis, etc.


The goal is to acquire competences in statistics and research skill to be able to enrol in the Master program Cultural Geography – Tourism Geography & Planning as offered by the University of Groningen (Campus Fryslân). The relevant degree is Master of Science.

Aanvullende informatie

In order to fully prepare you for your Kies op Maat study at Stenden, two introduction days -together with incoming exchange students from abroad- are scheduled. During these days you will get a campus tour, meet teachers and staff, learn how to use (ICT) facilities on campus and you will be introduced to the student life. Moreover, we offer an introduction to our learning system: Problem Based Learning (PBL). Understanding the PBL system is fundamental for your successful study experience at Stenden. Therefore we expect you to be present these two days.


2nd year completed.


The assessment of both the statistics course and the research training centres on an (one single) essay – as inspired by the design of the Bachelor's thesis for the Human Geography & Planning programme provided by the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. This essay should have a strong focus on the relationships between tourism, geography and town and country planning.


Will be announced before the start of the minor.


One full day a week for contact hours (for classes, workshops, meeting, working). Other days working from elsewhere possible.