Universität Wien FIND

220083 SE SE Master Seminar (2019W)

Continuous assessment of course work



max. 15 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 08.10. 13:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 1 2H316 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 22.10. 13:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 1 2H316 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 19.11. 13:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 1 2H316 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 03.12. 13:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 1 2H316 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 17.12. 13:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 1 2H316 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 14.01. 13:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 1 2H316 UZA II Rotunde
Tuesday 28.01. 13:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 1 2H316 UZA II Rotunde


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course should help and accompany you with the composition of your master thesis concept. We will cover all parts of a research concept including research question, choosing the “correct” theoretical frame and methodological approach, handling literature on a state of the art level of research, structure and design of research, and last but not least communicating it. There is no topic limitation on your master thesis. At the end of this course, you should have a master thesis concept ready to be presented to a potential supervisor.
This seminar isn’t about a fixed working program you have to fulfill. The course units should be on the one hand a refresher course on the skills you have learned during your study: Doing communication research on your own. On the other hand, it should help you to focus on a research topic, to acquire state of the art knowledge on this topic, to identify a research gap on this topic, to draft a research design, narrow enough to be done in about 6 months, and to write a concept, so you can acquire a supervisor for further steps.
In order to provide students with assistance for their master thesis concept, the following topics will be discussed in class: Choosing a Research Topic / Finding the Research Gap, Research Resources & Reference Software Theory Building - Creativity - Theoretical Frames, “Correct” Methods (qualitative vs. quantitative) Research Design – Operationalization, Academic Language / Presenting at Conferences Academic, Publishing & Peer Review Process, Ethics in Academic Research

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment will be based on the following course requirements:
Research Idea: 5%
Literature Review: 15%
Concept Presentation: 15%
Written Concept: 60%
Participation: 5%

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The grading scheme reads as follows:
A = 1 (Very Good): 87 - 100%
B = 2 (Good): 75 - 86,99%
C = 3 (Satisfactory): 63 - 74,99%
D = 4 (Enough): 50 - 62,99%
F = 5 (Not Enough): 00 - 49,99%
Class attendance is mandatory.

Examination topics

Reading list

American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: APA.
Hayes, Andrew F. (2005). Statistical methods for communication science. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Creswell, John W. (2013). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Creswell, John W. (2015). A concise introduction to mixed methods research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Association in the course directory

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