4809680: C19 Research Methods

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Semester:WS 19/20
Lektionen / Semester:30.0 L / 22.5 h
Selbststudium:67.5 h



Masterstudium Wirtschaftsinformatik (01.09.2019)


In Research Methods, students learn to identify pertinent research questions, conduct systematic literature reviews, apply appropriate research methods, and report on their results. The course covers nine primary topics:

  • Introduction to scientific research
  • Scientific writing
  • Ethical standards
  • Literature reviews
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Mixed-methods research
  • Design science research
  • Theories used in Information Systems research


After successful completion of the course, students will:

  • understand the historical development and concept of scientific research
  • understand the fundamentals of scientific writing
  • be familiar with the most common issues related to research ethics, including plagiarism
  • know the Association for Information Systems (AIS) Code of Research Conduct
  • be able to identify appropriate theories to explain empirical phenomena
  • be able to identify suitable research methods so they can seek answers to specific research questions
  • be able to use appropriate qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method, and design-oriented approaches to scientific research



  • The course involves interactive lectures with exercises to integrate theoretical knowledge with practical design and analysis skills.
  • The e-learning platform Moodle is used throughout the course to disseminate course material and for information and discussion.


Optional reading:

  • Bryman, A., & Bell, E. (2015). Business Research Methods (4th edition). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Creswell, J.W. (2013). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches (3rd edition). London, UK: Sage Publications.
  • Oates, B.J. (2006). Researching Information Systems and Computing. London, UK: Sage Publications.
  • Recker, J. (2012). Scientific Research in Information Systems: A Beginner’s Guide. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.