Read Bryman/Bell (2015), Ch 1-6. We expect you to be familiar with the core concepts from these chapters (quiz in the first unit).
Input lectures and discussion
- What is research?
- The importance of scientific analysis
- What is a research question and how is it identified?
- The research process
- The scientific discourse: presentation & publication of new ideas, research ethics
Methods and data: Elaborate the main methods used in empirical research (assignment 1, group presentations)
Assignment 2: Learn from examples: Choose a paper and write a comment (individual assignment)
≥ 80 % Attendance Requirement
Input presentations by instructors, individual assignments, group work.
Compulsory attendance for input lectures (part 1), for group presentations (part 2) and individual presentations (part 3). One to one consultation for the individual assignment (part 3) will be individually scheduled with the lecturers.
Please note that the sessions in December are the individual feedback sessions. Students will get a doodle survey and can than choose their spot from the available feedback slots of course 1404 and 1405.
Pre-course-assignment/multiple-choice quiz: 10% Attention: For all four masters thesis courses, the quiz will take place on October 10th, 2019, 8:00 a.m.
Group Assignment “Part 2”: 30%
Individual Assignment “Part 3”: 60%
For this course, only one of two grades (pass/fail) will be awarded.
A "pass" grade requires a minimum score of 50% for each assignment and 75% in total.