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Scientific Methods & Writing

level of course unit

second cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

Students will be able to understand and apply quantitative and qualitative methods. Furthermore, they will be able to draw up their own complex research and set it out methodically and correctly. Students will become familiar with the methods of quantitative and qualitative empirical social research, their strengths, weaknesses and areas of application. Through examples, they will develop the necessary expertise to be able to design surveys and interview guidelines and correctly analyse and evaluate data.
The practical development of the aforementioned knowledge will prepare students for the formal and methodological use of scientific propositions in their studies as well as in their future careers - the discussion and critical questioning of the scientific methodology of a task will also be taken into consideration.

prerequisites and co-requisites

not applicable

course contents

A detailed look at the main methods of quantitative and qualitative empirical social research;
Introduction to data analysis using SPSS or equivalent programs. Design and application of qualitative methods.

recommended or required reading

Atteslander, P. (2010): Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung. 13. Auflage, ESV
Eco, U. (2003): Wie man eine wissenschaftliche Abschlussarbeit schreibt. 10. Auflage, C.F. Müller
Saukko, Paula (2006). Doing research in cultural studies: an introduction to classical and new methodological approaches. Sage Publications Ltd.

assessment methods and criteria

written examination (seminar paper)

language of instruction

German

number of ECTS credits allocated

5

planned learning activities and teaching methods

Integrated course, case studies, discussion, group work

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered

2

name of lecturer(s)

Prof. (FH) Dr. Torsten Wojciechowski, MA

year of study

1. year of studies

recommended optional program components

not applicable

course unit code

WIS.1

type of course unit

compulsory (seminar degree)

mode of delivery

In-class course

work placement(s)

not applicable