183.234 Research methods
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2019W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to

- understand and apply different scientific paradigms and approaches
- plan, conceptualize and conduct study designs in empirical evaluation research
- successfully present research proposals
- apply selected qualitative and quantitative research methods
- research relevant scientific literature on a topic.

Subject of course

Introduction, basics and advanced aspects of empirical evaluation research methods in human-computer interaction. Participants will be enabled to plan empirical studies and to present the planned study in the form of a project proposal. Important topics covered in the course include the following:

  • Literature search: Knowledge of relevant digital libraries, planning and conducting searches in related literature to quickly comprehend the state-of-the-art within a chosen research area.
  • Study Design: Formulating a precise research question. Postulating hypotheses that can be subjected to empirical research. Variables and their role in study design. Knowledge of available research methods and choice thereof. Qualitative and quantitative approaches.
  • Scientific Writing and Presentation: Fundamentals of scientific writing, discussion of common errors, creation of scientific presentations.

Teaching methods

Blocked workshops. Incremental creation and elaboration of a project proposal consisting of problem definition, expected result, hypotheses, methodology, and bibliography. Iterative feedback by the lecturers as well as a peer review. Final presentation.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Bei Interesse bitte eine email an deco-teaching@inso.tuwien.ac.at schicken.

Effort for the student (ECTS-Breakdown):

  • Kick-Off Meeting + Lectures: 10 h
  • Literature search: 15 h
  • Writing of the seminar paper: 40 h
  • Peer review and rebuttal: 10 h

Total: 75 hours (3 ECTS)



Course dates

Fri09:00 - 12:0025.10.2019 INSO-Bibliothek, Wiedner Hauptstr. 76Workshop 1 Themenwahl und Grundlagen
Fri14:00 - 17:0025.10.2019 INSO-Bibliothek, Wiedner Hauptstr. 76Workshop 2 Studienplanung und Studiendesign
Fri09:00 - 12:0015.11.2019 INSO-Bibliothek, Wiedner Hauptstr. 76Workshop 3 Wissenschaftliches Schreiben
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

- Course Participation
- Grading of the project proposal
- Grading of the project presentations

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
23.07.2019 08:00 16.10.2019 08:00 17.10.2019 08:00



No lecture notes are available.