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Quantitative Data Analysis

Archive StampAdvanced Seminar Communication Economics

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Grohsjean, Dr. Jonathan Beck, Daniel Oehling, Christian Peukert

Course Overview

Handling large amounts of data and using it to generate knowledge poses both a challenge and an opportunity for academics and managers alike. Knowledge about quantitative methods is therefore important not only for writing final theses, but is also becoming increasingly important for future career building. This seminar aims to provide you with knowledge and experience in quantitative data analysis. It will provide an overview on different quantitative methods, before students apply these methods hands-on while preparing seminar papers. A second goal is to learn how to critically read data to discover and correct inconsistencies. Students will work on several firm-level datasets on media industries that will be prepared and analyzed using the statistical software STATA.

Course Structure

The seminar will begin with a two day kickoff session, where the lecturers will introduce students to the setting, recap some empirical methods and introduce the statistical software STATA. Students will regularly meet witha supervisor. After four weeks, students will present their preliminary results and then write up their results in a seminar paper.


To apply, please send your CV, a recent transcript and a brief e-mail motivating your application to Christian Peukert ( by 07.10.2012 (confirmation of participation: 10.10.2012).



  • The course language is English
  • Attendance to all lectures of the course is mandatory
  • This seminar qualifies for a Bachelor thesis according to the examination regulations
  • Participating students will be served preferentially regarding a final thesis at the ISTO
  • The number of participants is limited to 15
  • Please note the remarks of the examination board (Prüfungsausschuss) (64 kB)
Dates Thursday, 18.10.2012, 09:00-16:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307
Friday, 19.10.2012, 09:00-16:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 (Kickoff session)
Wednesday, 21.11.2012, 09:00-16:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 (Student presentations)
Deadlines Sunday, 07.10.2012 (Application)
Friday, 21.12.2012 (Term Paper)
  • 6 ECTS in module V/VII (PO 06) or M-BWL (PO 08)
  • 4 WP in S-BWL (Diplom-BWL and Diplom-Wirtschaftspädagogik)
Examination Presentation and term paper
[Please strictly adhere to our formal requirements (PDF - 205 kB)]