The course provides students with an understanding of relevant data formats and methods for harvesting large-scale data about user behaviour, interaction, and/or opinions. More specifically, the course is focused on digital, online traces of user behaviour and how to identify, collect, prepare, and make sense of such data. Students are prompted to reflect on the scope and feasibility of different research designs, including their data requirements and the implications for data processing and ethics.
In this module students will acquire knowledge of:
Methods for collecting and processing data
Legal and ethical principles related to (online) data harvesting and usage.
In this module students will acquire skills in:
Asking data-driven questions about research problems
Identifying, comparing, and selecting relevant techniques for collecting data about user behavior, interaction, and/or opinions
Constructing relevant data sets
Explaining the data set’s construction, limitations and potential use cases.
In this module students will acquire competences in:
Relating theories and methods to real-world cases
Evaluating the practical and ethical dimensions of a data-driven project in relation to specific research designs
Taking an analytical, reflective and critical approach to the identification, harvesting, preparation, and understanding of relevant research data.
|Name of exam||Data Preparation and Understanding|
|Type of exam|
Written examDuration of examination: 4 hours. The exam is evaluated by an internal examiner. A second internal examiner will be included in case of an assignment is given a failed assessment.
All written and all electronic aids
|Type of grading||Internal examination|
|Criteria of assessment||The examination must demonstrate that the student can fulfil the objectives outlined above regarding knowledge and understanding, skills and competencies.|
|Danish title||Dataforberedelse og forståelse|
|Language of instruction||English|
|Location of the lecture||Campus Aalborg|
|Responsible for the module|
|Study Board||Study Board of Communication and Digital Media|
|Department||Department of Communication and Psychology|
|Faculty||The Faculty of Humanities|