Introduction to Statistics

Brigitte Krenn
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2022W, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04473

Description

This course is the previously called course “Introduction to Empirical Methods – planning and conducting a quantitative study”. In the course, you 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. Finally, the questionnaire will be set up online by the end of the course and data will be collected during the semester break so that the data will be available at the beginning of the Summer Semester.

Note: This course provides you with the theoretical background and skills to define, setup up and conduct an empirical study on your own. Therefore, the course is a prerequisite for a follow-up course in the Summer Semester 2023 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 research question, some background literature and the final online questionnaire.

Dates

12 October 2022, 12:45–15:15 CDS Lecture Room
19 October 2022, 12:45–15:15 CDS Lecture Room
09 November 2022, 12:45–15:15 CDS Lecture Room
16 November 2022, 12:45–15:15 CDS Lecture Room
23 November 2022, 12:45–15:15 CDS Lecture Room
30 November 2022, 12:45–15:15 CDS Lecture Room
07 December 2022, 12:45–15:15 CDS Lecture Room
14 December 2022, 12:45–15:15 CDS Lecture Room
11 January 2023, 12:45–15:15 CDS Lecture Room
25 January 2023, 12:45–15:15 CDS Lecture Room

Course Enrolment

From 05 August 2022, 23:55 to 31 October 2022, 23:55
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

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

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Elective Field: only students without a bachelor's degree in CDS: from Study Areas 1-6

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

Individual courses: possible