PV262 Research methods and practice in social informatics

Faculty of Informatics
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 2 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Type of Completion: z (credit).
prof. PhDr. David Šmahel, Ph.D. (lecturer)
RNDr. Jaromír Plhák, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
RNDr. Vlasta Šťavová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. David Šmahel, Ph.D.
Department of Machine Learning and Data Processing - Faculty of Informatics
Supplier department: Department of Machine Learning and Data Processing - Faculty of Informatics
Assumes some knowledge of metodology in social sciences, such as those obtained by graduating FSS:SOC106 and/or FSS:SOC107.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
Course aims at theory and practice of research in social informatics with the goal to prepare students for their work on bachelor's thesis in the field that interconnects informatics and social science.
Learning outcomes
After absolving this seminar: - student will be able to formulate research questions which s-he can use for bachelor thesis in social informatics - student will be able to formulate research methods which will lead to solving problems defined within research questions - student will better interconnect theoretical knowledge of methodology with practical implementation of empirical research - student will develop and describe the process of implementation of the relevant research and possible bachelor thesis
  • 1 introduction 2 information technology as a tool for probing and society research 3 population specifics 4 ethics 5 overview of basic research methods 6 quantitative data collection 7 qualitative data collection 8 content analises 9 online research techniques 10 focus groups on-line, experiment. 11 technical aspects of online questionaires 12 presentations of students' projects 13 summary
    required literature
  • The SAGE handbook of online research methods. Edited by Nigel Fielding - Raymond M. Lee - Grant Blank. London: Sage, 2008. xvi, 370. ISBN 9781412922937. info
    recommended literature
  • HEWSON, Claire. Internet research methods : a practical guide for the social and behavioural sciences. 1st pub. London: Sage Publications, 2003. 155 s. ISBN 0761959203. info
  • MANN, Chris and Fiona STEWART. Internet communication and qualitative research : a handbook for researching online. London: Sage Publications, 2000. x, 258. ISBN 0761966277. info
    not specified
  • HESSE-BIBER, Sharlene Nagy. The practice of qualitative research. Edited by Patricia Leavy. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE Publications, 2011. xx, 400. ISBN 9781412974578. info
  • Oxford handbook of Internet psychology. Edited by Adam N. Joinson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. viii, 508. ISBN 9780199561803. info
  • Doing Internet research : critical issues and methods for examining the Net. Edited by Steve Jones. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 1999. xxiv, 299. ISBN 0761915958. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, readings, project.
Assessment methods
project evaluation, attendance
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019.
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