Research Methods Introductory Project

  • Master's Program International Health & Social Management
Course unit code
  • IHCM1MET1501
Level of course unit
  • Master
Semester when the course unit is delivered
  • 1
Number of ECTS credits allocated
  • 5.0
Name of lecturer(s)
  • Kerschbaumer Lukas, BA MA
  • Dr. Zoller Claudia
  • Dr. Heiss Raffael
  • Mag. Kirchmair Susanne, MSc
Learning outcomes of the course unit
  • By the end of this course students will
    ‐ know our scientific standards with regard to good academic practice
    ‐ have activated and improved their knowledge of scientific reasoning and arguing
    ‐ feel confident of formulating a research problem and know the appropriate methodological approaches to answer it
    ‐ feel confident with academic writing and with compiling and presenting research results ‐ have activated their knowledge of basic statistics in health sciences.
Mode of delivery
  • blended learning
Prerequisites and co-requisites
  • none
Course contents
  • - Formulating research questions
    - Reviewing and organising the literature
    - Differentiating between quantitative and qualitative designs
    - Designing an empirical investigation
    - Writing a research proposal
    - Carrying out data analysis
    - Presenting research results

    Please be aware that this course requires high level of proficiency in English language. All local students have passed an English language test with at least 90 TOEFL points (internet based) or comparable tests.
Recommended or required reading
  • Diez, D. M., Barr, C. D., & Cetinkaya‐Rundel, M. (2015). OpenIntro Statistics. URL:
    Few, Steven (2012): Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten. 2nd ed, Burlingame, CA: Analytics Press.
    Field, A. (2009). Discovering statistics using SPSS: (and sex and drugs and rock'n'roll) (3rd ed). Los Angeles: Sage.
    Flick, U. (2011). Introducing research methodology: A beginner's guide to doing a research project. Los Angeles: Sage.
    Lane, D. M. Online Statistics Education: A Multimedia Course of Study. URL:
    Wong, Dona M. (2010): The Wall Street journal guide to information graphics. The dos and don'ts of presenting data, facts, and figures. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • The course comprises an interactive mix of lectures and discussions with individual and group work. Teaching will take part as highly interactive and research-oriented training.
Assessment methods and criteria
  • To monitor the students’ learning this course will provide ongoing assignments as a basis for feedback and grading (formative assessment) and/or will evaluate the students learning at the end of the course or an instructional unit via exams, final project reports, essays or seminar papers (summative assessment).
Language of instruction
  • English