Content Strategy

Empirical Project on Internet Research

Project thesis, 10.00 ECTS


Course content

This course will give an overview of the basics of empirical social research, focussing of quantitative social research.

The course consists of two parts, now following a short description of these parts:

In the first part we focus on general basics of social research and following topics will be discussed:
 a) Overview of challenges and problems of social research
 b) Constructing and formulating of representative research designs  
 c) Basics of qualitative and quantitative research and the main differences between these two approaches
 d.) Formulation of scientific hypotheses, types of hypotheses.

The second part will deal with basics of quantitative research with following topics:
a) Constructing of questionnaires, types of items and labels etc.
b) Univariate and bivariate data analysis: central measures, correlation analysis and types of correlation;
c) Data collection and data analysis: working with software R: data entry, data preparation and data evaluation.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, students will
a) have a basic understanding of qualitative and especially of quantitative methodologies and techniques,
b) be able to design and realise small quantitative research projects in the field of Content Strategy and will
c) be able to work with R with analysing and interpreting quantitative data.

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Alexandrowicz, Rainer (2013). R in 10 Schritten. Einführung in die statistische Programmierumgebung. 1. Auflage. Facultas.wuv.

Diekmann, Andreas (2012). Empirische Sozialforschung - Grundlagen, Methoden, Anwendungen. 6. Auflage. Rowohlt.

Wollschläger, Daniel (2014). Grundlagen der Datenanalyse mit R - Eine anwendungsorientierte Einführung. 3. Auflage. Springer-Verlag.

Flick, Uwe (2009). An Introduction to Qualitative Research. 4th edition. Sage Publishing. [Remark: The whole book is available via Google scholar]

Patton, Michael Quinn (2015). Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods. Integrating Theory and Practice. 4th edition. Sage Publishing. (plus further material on

Bergman, Manfred Max / Coxon, Anthony P.M. (2005). The Quality in Qualitative Methods [54 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(2), Art. 34,

Mode of delivery

(Online-)Lectures and individual work.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Knowledge and skills dependent on the previous semesters and partially on the content of the current semester

Assessment methods and criteria

Students will have 4 e-tivities / tasks to complete during the course.