Research Skills I (ILV)

Course numberB4.06360.30.011
Course codeReSk1
Semester of degree program Semester 3
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits1,5
Language of instruction English

After successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Apply the basics and techniques of scientific work,
  • Research literature in a targeted and efficient manner and to document, systematize and present the results accordingly,
  • Develop a research question,
  • Comprehend scientific texts, clarify, compare and prepare different points of view,
  • Distinguish between different forms of scientific publications, to classify them according to their type of literature and to understand and link their essential contents,
  • Critically examine sources (focus on the Internet),
  • Apply the rules of citation used in the School of Management or in the field of study Business & Management, and
  • Write a scientific paper independently
  • Students know the basic characteristics of scientific work
  • Students can classify the different types of publications (encyclopedias, handbooks, meta-analyses, reviews, etc.) and their contribution to knowledge gain
  • Students are able to formulate a scientific problem, to conduct a literature search and to prepare a structured written paper

  • The focus of the course is to impart basic knowledge and skills necessary for scientific work - especially the writing of scientific papers
  • The students deal with the methods and techniques of scientific work
  • Within the framework of this course, students learn about the sequence of research processes (structure and outline of a scientific paper, choice and concretization of the topic, literature research and information procurement, sources and citations, literature processing and paraphrasing). One focus is on information generation (literature research, presentation and demonstration of relevant databases, search strategies) as well as information processing (evaluation, interpretation and citation) and its adequate, logically structured presentation in reports, thesis papers and presentations
  • In the context of small assignments, the individual aspects of scientific work are practiced in depth and then discussed

Balzert, H.; Schröder, M.; Schäfer, C. (2013): Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten. Ethik, Inhalt & Form wiss. Arbeiten, Handwerkszeug, Quellen, Projektmanagement, Präsentation (2. Aufl.). Dortmund: W3L-Verlag.
Döring, N.; Bortz, J. (2016): Forschungsmethoden und Evaluation in den Sozial- und Humanwissenschaften (5. Aufl.). Heidelberg et al.: Springer.
Kornmeier, M. (2007). Wissenschaftstheorie und wissenschaftliches Arbeiten: Eine Einführung für Wirtschaftswissenschaftler. Heidelberg: Physika-Verlag.
Opp, K.-D. (2014). Methodologie der Sozialwissenschaften: Einführung in Probleme ihrer Theorienbildung und praktischen Anwendung (7. Aufl.). Heidelberg et al.: Springer.
Prim, R.; Tilmann, H. (2000). Grundlagen einer kritisch-rationalen Sozialwissenschaft. Studienbuch zur Wissenschaftstheorie (8. Aufl.). Heidelberg: Quelle und Meyer.
Sedlmeier, P.; Renkewitz, F. (2013). Forschungsmethoden und Statistik. Ein Lehrbuch für Psychologen und Sozialwissenschaftler (2. Aufl.). München et al.: Pearson.

Moderated group work, lecture, discussion, case work

Integrative module examination
Assessment type: Continuous assessment
Assessment method/s: Participation in class, presentation, final written examination
Evaluation of module examinations:
30 % "Research Skills I": Multiple choice test