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Internet Research Analysis (2 º Sem 2017/2018)

Code: 02161
Acronym: 02161
Level: 2nd Cycle
Basic: No
Teaching Language(s): English
Friendly languages:
Be English-friendly or any other language-friendly means that UC is taught in a language but can either of the following conditions:
1. There are support materials in English / other language;
2. There are exercises, tests and exams in English / other language;
3. There is a possibility to present written or oral work in English / other language.
1 6.0 0.0 h/sem 20.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 1.0 h/sem 21.0 h/sem 129.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 150.0 h/sem
Since year 2012/2013
Pre-requisites Not applicable
Objectives The main aim of the course is to understand and explore the use of specific methodological strategies in Internet research and analysis. To discuss the strengths and limits of online qualitative and quantitative approaches and to address the latest debates and controversies regarding the ways in which the Internet can be used to research. The course intends to provide students with a variety of research tools regarding Internet environment ranging from accessing archives and statistical data, to design an online survey research, to apply observational techniques and participant observation of online communities or constructing an online questionnaire. A major concern will also be making the students critically aware of the ethical questions regarding Internet research.
Program The course will range across the following key topics:
1)Introduction.New reality means new methods? The development of new methodological approaches and techniques in Internet research
2)Entering the virtual field:A critical evaluation of online qualitative and ethnographic fieldwork
3)Online survey research and analysis:possibilities and challenges
4)Ethical principles concerning online research
5)Accessing,collecting and analysing online archives and statistical databases
6)Observational techniques and participant observation of online communities
7)Online interviews: designing and conducting. Synchronous and asynchronous techniques
8)Content analysis of Internet data
9)Online questionnaire:method assessment
10)Questionnaire design,administration and collection of data; Construction of a Lime Survey questionnaire?An exercise
11)Social network analysis and visualization; Webometrics and other state of the art techniques;
12)Critical reflections and final considerations.
Evaluation Method By focusing on theories, multidisciplinary approaches and concepts about the Internet research and analysis, and by exploring the various topics and objectives mentioned in the previous section, the content of the unit expresses the objectives of the course.
Teaching Method
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