5558 Marketing Research
Mag.Mag. Martin Reisenbichler, Bakk.phil.
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/13/19 to 02/27/19
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Monday 03/04/19 02:00 PM - 06:30 PM LC.-1.038
Monday 03/11/19 02:00 PM - 06:30 PM LC.-1.038
Monday 03/18/19 02:00 PM - 06:30 PM D1.1.074
Monday 03/25/19 02:00 PM - 06:30 PM D2.0.030
Monday 04/01/19 02:00 PM - 06:30 PM D2.-1.019 Workstation-Raum
Monday 04/29/19 09:00 AM - 01:30 PM TC.2.01

This course covers the statistical methods most commonly used in the field of marketing:

Foundations: Dependent vs. independent variables, descriptive statistics

Measurement & scaling: Types of scales and descriptive & inferential statistics, reliability & validity, measurement error

Data collection & sampling: Taking samples from a population, sampling distribution of the mean, central limit theorem, confidence intervals, sample size

Exploring data with graphs: Histogram, scatter plot etc.

Exploring assumptions: Testing whether a distribution is normal, testing for homogeneity of variance

Basics of hypothesis testing: Different types of tests and assumptions, e.g., parametric vs. non-parametric, normal vs. t-distribution, chi-2 distribution, degrees of freedom

Comparing means: t-test, analysis of variance (ANOVA)

Correlation and regression: Looking at the relationships, simple and multiple regression

This course also gives an introduction to the statistical software R. R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics, which provides a wide variety of statistical (linear and nonlinear modelling, classical statistical tests, …) and graphical techniques, and is highly extensible. With the knowledge gained in this course, you will be ready to undertake your very first own data analysis including the statistical methods most commonly used in the field of marketing.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Interpret statistical analyses used in the field of marketing.
  • Learn how to perform exploratory data analysis on a data set by using the statistical software R.

All methods are deepened by practical examples in the context of typical marketing applications.

Attendance requirements

Students are allowed to miss one session.

Teaching/learning method(s)

The course is taught using a combination of material presented by the lecturer and supported by practical examples. During the sessions, students will have the chance to apply methods covered utilizing R. 


The performance of students is assessed based on various exercises (delivery via Learn@WU) and a final examination:

  • Active participation in computer exercises - DataCamp (10% = 4 x 2.5%)
  • 3 assignments (30% = 3 x 10%)
  • A final exam (60% with a requirement of minimum 30%)

The students are allowed to miss only one (1) session. 

Students have to be prepared to present their assignment solutions in class, based on their uploaded document.

For a positive grade, students have to fulfill 60% of the requirements.

Last edited: 2019-01-07