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Research Methods

level of course unit

second cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

Students get a deep understanding of quantitative and qualitative methods and develop the ability to apply them. Furthermore, they are able to draw up their own complex research and set it out methodically and correctly. Students become familiar with the methods of quantitative and qualitative empirical social research, their strengths, weaknesses and areas of application. Through examples, they 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 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

Creswell, J.W. (2012). Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Chossing Among Five Approaches. 3rd edition. Thousand Oaks et al: Sage.
Darlington, Yvonne / Scott, Dorothy (2002): Qualitative Research in Practice – Stories from the Field, Open University Press, Maidenhead / Philadelphia
Denzin, Norman K. / Lincoln, Yvonna S. (2000): Handbook of Qualitative Research, 2. Auflage, SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks / London / New Delhi
Flick, Uwe (2006): An Introduction to Qualitative Research, 3. Auflage, SAGE Publications, London / Thousand Oaks /New Delhi
Getz, D. (2012): Event Studies: Theory, Research and Policy for Planned Events. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.
Gill, J. & Johnson, P. (2010). Research Methods for Managers. 4th edition: London: Sage.
Madgalinski, T. (2013). Study Skills for Sports Studies. London: Routledge.
Rallis, S.F. & Rossman, G.B. (2012). New York: Guilford Press.
Rumsey, D.J. (2009). Statistics II for Dummies. Hoboken: Wiley.
Saukko, Paula (2006). Doing research in cultural studies: an introduction to classical and new methodological approaches. Sage Publications Ltd.
Spicer, J. (2004). Making Sense of Mulitvariate Data Analysis: An Intuitive Approach. Thousand Oaks et al.: Sage.
Yin, R.K. (2010). Qualitative Research from Start to Finish. New York: Guilford Press.

assessment methods and criteria

written examination (seminar paper)

language of instruction

English

number of ECTS credits allocated

4

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. Claudia Stura

year of study

1st year of study

recommended optional program components

not applicable

course unit code

MTR.1

type of course unit

compulsory (seminar degree)

mode of delivery

in-class course

work placement(s)

not applicable

Contact

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Asc. Prof. (FH) Mag. Monika Kohlhofer
Director of Studies
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