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Empirical Methods in Social Science Research

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Empirical Methods in Social Science Research
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Midwifery Science, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2021
Module code: HEB-16
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
4S (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: 4
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Term paper

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

HEB-16 (P311-0154) Midwifery Science, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2021 , semester 4, mandatory course
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):

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Recommended as prerequisite for:

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Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Barbara Cattarius
Prof. Dr. Barbara Cattarius

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Learning outcomes:
Overall Qualification Objectives: Q4, Q9, Q10, Q11
Acquired skills:
After successfully completing this module, students will:
-        be able to describe various approaches, designs, and methods of quantitative and qualitative primary research and understand the key methodological features of quantitative and qualitative primary studies: basic principles of sampling, instruments and methods of data collection, descriptive and inferential statistics, and methods of qualitative data analysis.
-        be able to select an appropriate design and method depending on the scientific question formulated using PICO, and interpret key statistical ratios during study evaluation.
-        be able to name and explain the basic structure and nature of quality criteria in different types of studies (observational, quantitative, and qualitative) and describe different forms and sources of errors in the research process or threats to data quality and identify them in primary studies.
-        be able to describe the structure, methodology, and quality criteria of systematic reviews of intervention questions and interpret the results of structured-narrative and quantitative meta-analyses.
-        be aware of ethical issues in research and the relevant requirements and codices.
-        will be able to translate questions or issues from midwifery practice into appropriate research questions and select an appropriate study design (primary or secondary research) to investigate said question and provide evidence to support their selection.
-        be able to correctly grasp the essential content, methods, results, and conclusion of studies and present them appropriately in their own words.
-        be able to draw appropriate conclusions regarding the need for further midwifery-specific research depending on the quality and quantity of existing empirical findings.

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Module content:
-        Designing the research process and collecting data, analyzing and evaluating data
-        Methods of social science research and their nomenclature
-        Quantitative and qualitative methods
-        Quality criteria of quantitative and qualitative research
-        Introduction to statistics (descriptive statistics, inferential statistics)
-        Scientific English
-        Creating hypotheses and theories
-        Testing hypotheses
-        Univariate & bivariate analyses
-        Regression & correlation
-        Study analysis
-        Research ethics
-        Test validation
-        Interview
-        Mixed methods approach
-        Action research
-        Observation

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Teaching methods/Media:
Seminar/presentation, student contributions

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Recommended or required reading:
Bühner, M., & Ziegler, M. (2017). Statistik für Psychologen und Sozialwissenschaftler. Pearson, 2. aktual. Aufl.
Chalmers, A. (2007): Wege der Wissenschaft, Springer Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg
Copnell, B., McKenna, L. (2018): Fundamentals of Nursing and Midwifery Research. A practical guide for evidence based practice
Döring, N., Bortz, J.: Forschungsmethoden und Evaluation in den Sozial- und Humanwissenschaften. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
Ertl-Schmuck, R., Unger, A., Mibs, M., & Lang, C. (2014). Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten in Gesundheit und Pflege (Vol. 4108. UTB.
Heimsch, F. (2018): Statistik im Klartext: Für Psychologen, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftler, Pearson Studium ein Imprint von Pearson Deutschland; 2., aktualisierte und erweiterte Edition
Kromrey, H.: Empirische Sozialforschung: Modelle und Methoden der standardisierten Datenerhebung und –auswertung. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
Mayer, H. (2019). Pflegeforschung anwenden: Elemente und Basiswissen für das Studium. Facultas Verlags- und Buchhandels AG.
Niehoff, J.-U. (2011): Sozialmedizin systematisch, uni med Verlag, Bremen,3. Auflage
Schnell, M.W., Heinritz, C.: Forschungsethik. Bern: Hans Huber
Spilby, H., Munro, J. (2009): Evidence based midwifery. Applications and context. Willey-Blackwell.
Voigt-Radloff, S., Stemmer, R., Behrens, J., Horbach, A., Ayerle, G. M., Schäfers, R., ... & Braun, C. (2016). Forschung zu komplexen Interventionen in der Pflege- und Hebam-menwissenschaft und in den Wissenschaften der Physiotherapie, Ergotherapie und Logo-pädie: ein forschungsmethodischer Leitfaden zur Ermittlung, Evaluation und Implementation evidenzbasierter Innovationen. Cochrane Deutschland, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg. (frei verfügbar)
The literature will be updated by the instructor for the course.

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