Lisbon, Portugal

Research methods: Scale development and validation

when 11 June 2023 - 1 July 2023
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1150

This course aims to give students a nuanced understanding of the foundations underlying the development and validation of multi-item scales. The course will present a practical overview of the principles and practices involved in scale construction, use, evaluation, and interpretation.

Students attending this course will be able to develop their critical thinking, analytic and statistical skills, as well as their communication skills. They will acquire knowledge and understanding of the importance and issues associated with proper measurement across the social sciences.

Course leader

Prof. Sandra Costa:
Assistant Professor in HRM and Organizational Behavior and HRM at ISCTE Business School;
PhD in Management (emphasis in Organisational Behaviour) from Nova School of Business and Economics;

Target group

The summer programmes are available for students at bachelor or master level and those who are interested in having an international academic experience at ISCTE Business School.

Course aim

At the end of this course the student should be able to:
- Understand the importance and issues associated with proper measurement across the social sciences;
- Develop knowledge about how to create high quality multi-item scales;
- Know how to evaluate the quality of existing multi-items scales and how to adapt/modify scales.

Credits info

6 EC
Usually the evaluation is based on class participation, individual / group work and a final test but this may vary from programme to programme. Therefore, we recommend you to check each programme syllabus to see the grading system that is applied.

For those who successfully complete the course (get approval on their programme and do not miss more than 20% of the classes) an Academic Transcript will be issued. This transcript will indicate the total of hours, the ECTS credits earned and the respective grade in ECTS scale. For those who failed the course, a Certificate of Attendance will be given.

Fee info

EUR 1150: (Students from Iscte partner universities - 1 000€)

The programme on campus fee includes:
• Tuition;
• Course materials;
• Team Building event;
• Use of the library, PC labs and Iscte facilities;
• Public transportation card in Lisbon;
• Airport pick-up service (if requested);
• Welcome lunch and farewell session,
• Transcript of Records or Certificate of attendance (in case the student does not complete the course with success).

Some leisure activities, such as visits to museums and trips outside Lisbon, are not included in this fee and are paid upon arrival in Lisbon.


Unfortunately, there is no scholarship available for our summer schools but we can recommend you to look for scholarship programmes online.