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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

not specified

course contents

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

1st year

recommended optional program components

not specified

course unit code


type of course unit


mode of delivery

In-class course

work placement(s)

not applicable