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400001 FK Introduction Course: From Research Idea to a Successful Presentation (2022S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Summary

1 Thelen , Moodle
2 Thelen , Moodle
3 Einwiller , Moodle

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).
Registration information is available for each group.

Groups

Group 1

max. 15 participants
Language: English
LMS: Moodle

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 24.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 11 Vernetzungsraum für Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences, Kolingasse 14-16, OG01
Friday 25.03. 11:30 - 16:30 Seminarraum 11 Vernetzungsraum für Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences, Kolingasse 14-16, OG01
Wednesday 06.04. 11:30 - 18:15 C0628A Besprechung SoWi, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 13.05. 10:00 - 19:00 C0628A Besprechung SoWi, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 24.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum 11 Vernetzungsraum für Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences, Kolingasse 14-16, OG01

Aims, contents and method of the course

IMPORTANT: The introduction course is taught in three groups. Please sign up for this group (taught by Thelen / Staritz), if your dissertation is using in particular qualitative research methodology such as ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, focus groups or text analysis. Theory-oriented dissertations are also welcome.

This course is a new format in the doctoral programme in Social Sciences and is dedicated to the preparation of a research proposal and its public presentation to the Faculty. The research proposal creates a framework for the dissertation project, a kind of roadmap that can be changed in the course of the research. It should show to what extent the concept of the project is coherent in terms of content, theory and methodology and whether the project is feasible in principle.

In the course, the structure of a research proposal is presented and discussed according to the respective disciplinary conventions and expectations. The participants are supported in the different stages of their research proposal development and in preparing for the public presentation.

In the process of developing the research proposal, the following questions have to be addressed:
• How must a research problem and question be formulated so that it can be answered within three years?
• What are the basic theoretical assumptions on which a project is based?
• Which knowledge about the object of study is necessary to start the project?
• How can the state of the art, i.e. the relevant literature in the field of study be determined?
• What is the overall goal of the research?
• How will the empirical research be designed?
- Which methodological approach and which method(s) can be used to address the research questions?
- What data are available, or how can access to a research field be established and empirical data be collected?
- How should the empirical material be analysed?- Which ethical aspects have to be considered when collecting and analysing the data?

Further topics can be discussed such as:
• How can I prepare for the public presentation at the Faculty?
• Work schedule, time management
• Thesis by publication or monograph
• Structure of the doctoral teaching programme
• How to work with supervision teams
• Research Ethics Pre-screening for PhD projects as part of the public presentation at the Faculty
• Good scientific practice
• Doctoral research in times of COVID-19

The course alternates between small group discussions, inputs from the course leaders, presentations of the draft research proposals by participants, peer feedback and feedback from the course leaders.

The course is aimed at doctoral candidates in the Social Sciences who are at the beginning of writing their research proposals, but also at those who are already more advanced and would like to register for the public presentation at the Faculty in the same semester. The course can only be attended by students who have not yet passed the public presentation at the Faculty.

Further information about the course can be found on the Moodle website (syllabus, deadlines, etc.).

Assessment and permitted materials

All criteria for evaluation must be fulfilled. Requirements for the course completion:
• “Academic Citizenship” or Participation in class (10 points)
• Exposé (30 points)
• Peer Feedback on the Exposé (30 points)
• Mock Public Presentation (30 points)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Grades:
• Very Good (1): 100-90 points
• Good (2): 89-77 points
• Satisfactory (3): 76-64 points
• Sufficient (4): 63-51 points
• Not Sufficient (5): < 51 points

A number of rules apply to receive a final grade and thus pass the seminar.
• Participation is obligatory. If students cannot participate for a good reason, they are required to notify the lecturer before the class.
• Students are strongly encouraged to actively participate in discussions of the literature and other class discussions
• Students only present original pieces of work.
• Students provide all assignments.

Group 2

max. 15 participants
Language: English
LMS: Moodle

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 24.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 11 Vernetzungsraum für Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences, Kolingasse 14-16, OG01
Friday 25.03. 11:30 - 16:30 Seminarraum 11 Vernetzungsraum für Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences, Kolingasse 14-16, OG01
Thursday 07.04. 11:30 - 18:15 C0628A Besprechung SoWi, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 12.05. 11:30 - 18:15 C0628A Besprechung SoWi, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 24.05. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum 11 Vernetzungsraum für Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences, Kolingasse 14-16, OG01

Aims, contents and method of the course

IMPORTANT: The introduction course is taught in three groups. Please sign up for this group (taught by Thelen / Staritz), if your dissertation is using in particular qualitative research methodology such as ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, focus groups or text analysis. Theory-oriented dissertations are also welcome.

This course is a new format in the doctoral programme in Social Sciences and is dedicated to the preparation of a research proposal and its public presentation to the Faculty. The research proposal creates a framework for the dissertation project, a kind of roadmap that can be changed in the course of the research. It should show to what extent the concept of the project is coherent in terms of content, theory and methodology and whether the project is feasible in principle.

In the course, the structure of a research proposal is presented and discussed according to the respective disciplinary conventions and expectations. The participants are supported in the different stages of their research proposal development and in preparing for the public presentation.

In the process of developing the research proposal, the following questions have to be addressed:
• How must a research problem and question be formulated so that it can be answered within three years?
• What are the basic theoretical assumptions on which a project is based?
• Which knowledge about the object of study is necessary to start the project?
• How can the state of the art, i.e. the relevant literature in the field of study be determined?
• What is the overall goal of the research?
• How will the empirical research be designed?
- Which methodological approach and which method(s) can be used to address the research questions?
- What data are available, or how can access to a research field be established and empirical data be collected?
- How should the empirical material be analysed?
- Which ethical aspects have to be considered when collecting and analysing the data?

Further topics can be discussed such as:
• How can I prepare for the public presentation at the Faculty?• Work schedule, time management
• Thesis by publication or monograph
• Structure of the doctoral teaching programme
• How to work with supervision teams
• Research Ethics Pre-screening for PhD projects as part of the public presentation at the Faculty
• Good scientific practice
• Doctoral research in times of COVID-19

The course alternates between small group discussions, inputs from the course leaders, presentations of the draft research proposals by participants, peer feedback and feedback from the course leaders.

The course is aimed at doctoral candidates in the Social Sciences who are at the beginning of writing their research proposals, but also at those who are already more advanced and would like to register for the public presentation at the Faculty in the same semester. The course can only be attended by students who have not yet passed the public presentation at the Faculty.

Further information about the course can be found on the Moodle website (syllabus, deadlines, etc.).

Assessment and permitted materials

All criteria for evaluation must be fulfilled. Requirements for the course completion:
• “Academic Citizenship” or Participation in class (10 points)
• Exposé (30 points)
• Peer Feedback on the Exposé (30 points)
• Mock Public Presentation (30 points)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Grades:
• Very Good (1): 100-90 points
• Good (2): 89-77 points
• Satisfactory (3): 76-64 points
• Sufficient (4): 63-51 points
• Not Sufficient (5): < 51 points

A number of rules apply to receive a final grade and thus pass the seminar.
• Participation is obligatory. If students cannot participate for a good reason, they are required to notify the lecturer before the class.
• Students are strongly encouraged to actively participate in discussions of the literature and other class discussions
• Students only present original pieces of work.
• Students provide all assignments.

Group 3

max. 15 participants
Language: English
LMS: Moodle

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Update 14.03.2022: die für 19.05.2022 und 09.06.2022 geplanten Termine müssen in Seminarräume am Oskar Morgensternplatz verlegt werden (09:45-16:30)

Monday 14.03. 09:00 - 12:00 C0628A Besprechung SoWi, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Monday 21.03. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum H10, Rathausstraße 19, Stiege 2, Hochparterre
Thursday 19.05. 09:45 - 16:30 Seminarraum 10 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 09.06. 09:45 - 16:30 Seminarraum 15 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 3.Stock

Aims, contents and method of the course

IMPORTANT: The introduction course is taught in three groups. Please sign up for this group (taught by Einwiller / Kritzinger), if your dissertation is using empirical research approaches, in particular quantitative research methodology, such as surveys or quantitative text analysis.

This course is a new format in the doctoral programme in Social Sciences and is dedicated to the preparation of a research proposal and its public presentation to the Faculty. The research proposal creates a framework for the dissertation project, a kind of roadmap that can be changed in the course of the research. It should show to what extent the concept of the project is coherent in terms of content, theory and methodology and whether the project is feasible in principle.

In the course, the structure of a research proposal is presented and discussed according to the respective disciplinary conventions and expectations. The participants are supported in the different stages of their research proposal development and in preparing for the public presentation.

In the process of developing the research proposal, the following questions have to be addressed:
• How must a research problem and question be formulated so that it can be answered within three years?
• What are the basic theoretical assumptions on which a project is based?
• Which knowledge about the object of study is necessary to start the project?
• How can the state of the art, i.e. the relevant literature in the field of study be determined?
• What is the overall goal of the research?
• How will the empirical research be designed?
- Which methodological approach and which method(s) can be used to address the research questions?
- What data are available, or how can access to a research field be established and empirical data be collected?
- How should the empirical material be analysed?
- Which ethical aspects have to be considered when collecting and analysing the data?

Further topics can be discussed such as:
• How can I prepare for the public presentation at the Faculty?
• Work schedule, time management
• Thesis by publication or monograph
• Structure of the doctoral teaching programme
• How to work with supervision teams
• Research Ethics Pre-screening for PhD projects as part of the public presentation at the Faculty
• Good scientific practice
• Doctoral research in times of COVID-19

The course alternates between small group discussions, inputs from the course leaders, presentations of the draft research proposals by participants, peer feedback and feedback from the course leaders.

The course is aimed at doctoral candidates in the Social Sciences who are at the beginning of writing their research proposals, but also at those who are already more advanced and would like to register for the public presentation at the Faculty in the same semester. The course can only be attended by students who have not yet passed the public presentation at the Faculty.

Assessment and permitted materials

Type of performance assessment: tba

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Participation in class (5 %)
Short project presentation (5 %)
Mock public presentation (20 %)
Peer feedback to two research proposals à 12 pages (30 %)
Research proposal (40 %)

Information

Examination topics

Oral participation based on joint obligatory readings, draft outline of research, written comments to reading material, presentation of research proposal (details see above)

Reading list

Reading material will be distributed via moodle.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Mo 11.04.2022 09:50