Introduction to Research Methods
level of course unit
first cycle, Bachelor
Learning outcomes of course unit
Students will be able to:
formulate research questions appropriately;
plan methodological approaches to answer research questions;
research, evaluate and cite expert literature;
conduct scientific research and write an academic paper of medium complexity and manageable scope.
prerequisites and co-requisites
This introductory course to academic research and writing will teach students the characteristics, rules and basics of research and academic writing. Emphasis is placed here on learning hermeneutic text analysis. The course will prepare students to write seminar papers independently and at a high academic level, focusing on how to deal with literature as well as on discussing quality of academic papers, whereby concepts of intellectual integrity and intersubjective replicability will be relevant.
recommended or required reading
Bänsch, A.: Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten: Seminar- und Diplomarbeiten. 8. Aufl., München, Wien, 2003.
Theisen, M.: Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten: Technik, Methodik, Form. 12. Aufl., München, 2005.
assessment methods and criteria
Written exam and/or scientific paper and/or presentation
language of instruction
number of ECTS credits allocated
planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, group work, presentation and task discussion
semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered
name of lecturer(s)
Prof. (FH) Dr. L. Uwe Heil
year of study
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