Introduction to Empirical Research: planning and conducting a quantitative study

Brigitte Krenn
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2021W, 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 do data collection including how to setup one's own online questionnaire

Note: This course provides you with the theoretical background and hands-on 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 2022, where the course participants learn to analyse and evaluate empirical data.

"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

20 October 2021, 12:45–15:15 Seminar Room 6
27 October 2021, 12:45–15:15 Seminar Room 6
03 November 2021, 12:45–15:15 Seminar Room 6
10 November 2021, 12:45–15:15 Seminar Room 6
17 November 2021, 12:45–15:15 Seminar Room 6
24 November 2021, 12:45–15:15 Seminar Room 6
01 December 2021, 12:45–15:15 Seminar Room 6
15 December 2021, 12:45–15:15 Seminar Room 6
19 January 2022, 12:45–15:15 Seminar Room 6
26 January 2022, 12:45–15:15 Seminar Room 6

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas: Study Area 2: Science and Technology

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

Individual courses: possible