Introduction to Empirical Research: planning and conducting a quantitative study

Brigitte Krenn
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2021S, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03602


Students will be taught how empirical studies can be understood, discussed and criticized. Students will be introduced to the basics of descriptive and inferential statistics by implementing and evaluating their own empirical study. For this purpose, students will build upon their work from the 1st part of this course in Winter Semester 2020/21 where they have developed self-completion questionnaires, with data collections currently running.

Students will learn how to prepare data-masks and data entries, and how to analyse and interpret data. (For data analysis the statistic software SPSS will be used. SPSS is a widely used program for statistical analysis in social science, in market and health research, and other areas of statistical data analysis.

Summing up, the content of the summer semester will be:

- Data collection, data mask, data entry

- Electronically supported data analysis (important statistical characteristics and representation forms, filter setting, classification, recoding of variables, correlation and reliability analysis, indexing, diversity tests, etc.)

- Interpretation of the results

Examination Modalities

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

- regular attendance (at least 80%); the regular meetings take place online via Zoom, as long as required by Corona regulations

- timely completion of the assignments and exercises provided throughout the course;

- final presentation of analysis and interpretation of one’s own data set in class at the end of the semester;

- timely submission of final paper covering the analysis and interpretation of one's data set


Note: The course builds upon results from the course "Introduction to Empirical Research: planning and conducting a quantitative study" held during Winter Semester 20/21. Students who have completed the Winter Semester course will be the main target of this course. They will work on their own data sets resulting from WS20/21.

"Students from CDS who did not attend the previous course and from other faculties or universities will receive a place on the course subject to room capacities."


04 March 2021, 12:00–13:30
11 March 2021, 12:00–13:30
18 March 2021, 12:00–13:30
25 March 2021, 12:00–13:30
15 April 2021, 12:00–13:30
22 April 2021, 12:00–13:30
29 April 2021, 12:00–13:30
06 May 2021, 12:00–13:30
20 May 2021, 12:00–13:30
27 May 2021, 12:00–13:30
02 June 2021, 12:00–13:30
09 June 2021, 12:00–13:30
10 June 2021, 12:00–13:30
17 June 2021, 12:00–13:30
24 June 2021, 12:00–13:30

Course Enrolment

From 01 February 2021, 11:54 to 31 March 2021, 23:55
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Science and Technology: Foundation: Statistics

Individual courses: possible