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5009685: C19 Research Seminar

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Semester:WS 20/21
Scheduled in semester:3
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:30.0 L / 22.5 h
Self-directed study time:67.5 h

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Master's degree programme in Information Systems (01.09.2019)


In the Research Seminar course, students learn to apply in practice what they learned in the Research Methods course. The seminar covers issues related to identifying and formulating research questions, choosing a suitable research design to use in answering these questions, evaluating the feasibility of a planned research study, and writing research proposals. Together with faculty, students develop research proposals (so-called “exposés”) for their master’s theses

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students will:

  • know what makes a good research topic and that the search for a research topic is a challenging endeavour
  • know what methods can be applied to identify research ideas and refine them into research questions
  • be able to develop research questions that are both practical and academically relevant
  • be able to conduct systematic and effective literature reviews to demonstrate the novelty of their research ideas and provide background for their research
  • develop qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method, and design-oriented research designs
  • recognize and analyse the ethical problems in designing and conducting research in the field of Information Systems
  • know how to consider issues of feasibility in planning their research studies
  • be able to write effective research proposals


Lectures Method

  • The course involves interactive seminars with workshops and regular presentations.
  • The e-learning platform Moodle is used throughout the course to disseminate course material and for information and discussion.

Admission Requirements

Though not mandatory, students should have attended the Research Methods course, which also takes place in the third semester, in parallel.


  • PWW-MA_Research Seminar (WS 20/21, bewertet)