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4408125: C15 Research Methods

Semester: WS 17/18
Art: Modul
Sprache: Englisch
ECTS-Credits: 6.0
Plansemester: 1
Lektionen / Semester: 36.0 L / 28.5 h
Selbststudium: 151.5 h



Masterstudium Information Systems (01.09.2015)



  • Short descriptionThe module provides an introduction to research methods.TopicsIntroduction to scientific researchLiterature reviewsQualitative researchQuantitative researchDesign science researchTheories used in IS research


  • Students will know and understand the historical development of scientific research.Students will know and understand the concept of scientific research.Students will identify appropriate theories to explain empirical phenomena.Students will identify suitable research methods in order to seek answers to specific research questions.Students will use appropriate qualitative, quantitative, and design-oriented approaches to scientific research.



  • The module integrates theoretical knowledge and practical skills in an interactive lecture.The e-learning platform Moodle will be used throughout the course for the dissemination of course material and discussions.


  • Compulsory readingBryman, A. & Bell, E. (2015) Business research methods (4th ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.Creswell, J.W. (2013) Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches (3rd ed.). Sage PublicationsOates, B. J. (2006). Researching information systems and computing. London, UK: Sage Publications.Recker, J. (2012). Scientific Research in Information Systems: A Beginner’s Guide. Springer, Heidelberg, Germany. - Further readingMiles, M. B. & Huberman, A. M. (1994). Qualitative data analysis. An expanded sourcebook. London, UK: Sage Publications.Provost, F. & Fawcett, T. (2013). Data Science for Business. Sebastopol: O'Reilly Media


Written Exam (90 min)


This module is prerequisite for taking the Master’s thesis Module and writing the Master’s thesis