Introduction to Empirical Research: planning and conducting a quantitative study

Brigitte Krenn
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2020W, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03602

Description

In this course, we will learn how to plan and conduct quantitative research.

This will include:

  1.  the introduction of fundamental terms;
  2. the presentation of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including quantitative methods such as self-completion questionnaire, structured observation, content analysis, and qualitative methods such as interviews, focus groups, ethnography and participant observation;
  3. how to decide whether a research question requires quantitative or qualitative methods;
  4. overall the focus will be on quantitative studies!
  5. what are the phases of an empirical project;
  6. how to relate the empirical study to theory;
  7. how to design a study (objectivity, reliability, validity) including the design of hypotheses and research questions;
  8. how to decide which evaluation methods are best suited for the analysis of the data resulting from a a given empirical study, learn about tools for doing the calculations and how to interpret the outcome.

Note: This course provides you with the theoretical background and skills to define, setup up and conduct an empirical study on your own. It is strongly recommended to attend this course prior to the follow-up course in Summer Semester 2021, where the course participants design and conduct their own empirical studies.

"Students from other faculties or universities will receive a place on the course subject to
room capacities."

Examination Modalities

For the successful participation of the course, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

- Regular attendance (at least 80%)

- Timely submission of partial services (literature-based research question, hypothesis, operationalization, excerpt, questionnaire)

- Timely submission of a research paper covering the design of an empirical study.

Dates

09 October 2020, 12:00–13:30 Seminar Room 24
16 October 2020, 12:00–13:30 Seminar Room 24
23 October 2020, 12:00–13:30 Seminar Room 24
30 October 2020, 12:00–13:30 Seminar Room 20
06 November 2020, 12:00–13:30 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Our course will be held in Zoom, access information will be sent the day before the course."
13 November 2020, 12:00–13:30 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Our course will be held in Zoom, access information will be sent the day before the course."
20 November 2020, 12:00–13:30 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Our course will be held in Zoom, access information will be sent the day before the course."
27 November 2020, 12:00–13:30 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Our course will be held in Zoom, access information will be sent the day before the course."
04 December 2020, 12:00–13:30
11 December 2020, 12:00–13:30
18 December 2020, 12:00–13:30
08 January 2021, 12:00–13:30
15 January 2021, 12:00–13:30
22 January 2021, 12:00–13:30
29 January 2021, 12:00–13:30

Course Enrolment

From 04 September 2020, 00:00 to 31 October 2020, 23:59
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Foundation: Statistics

Individual courses: possible