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Academic Skills

level of course unit


Learning outcomes of course unit

The graduate / the student:
* knows scientific methods
* can formulate research questions and write an exposé on a specialist topic
* can work on a specialist topic using scientific methods
* can research literature independently
* can write a scientific poster on a specialist topic

prerequisites and co-requisites

English version available soon

course contents

* Advancing the methods and approaches of scientific work
* Research design for scientific questions
* Qualitative and quantitative research methods
* Use of methods and tools
* State of the art literature research and use of citation tools e.g. Citavi
* Preparation of the exposé for the Master thesis
* Notes on the formal design of the Master thesis

recommended or required reading

Schütz M., Röbken H.; Bachelor- und Masterarbeiten verfassen: Abschlussarbeiten in Organisationen; Springer Gabler; 2020; 2nd edition
Theisen M. R.; Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten: Erfolgreich bei Bachelor- und Masterarbeit; Vahlen; 2017; 17th edition

assessment methods and criteria

Student research project

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


eLearning quota in percent


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, individual work, presentation and discussion of tasks

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Prof. (FH) Dr. Claudia Van der Vorst, MBA

year of study

2. study year

recommended optional program components

not applicable

course unit code


type of course unit


mode of delivery


work placement(s)

not applicable