4608125: C15 Research Methods

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Semester:WS 18/19
Scheduled in semester:1
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:36.0 L / 28.5 h
Self-directed study time:151.5 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in Information Systems (01.09.2015)


Short description
The module provides an introduction to research methods.


  • Introduction to scientific research
  • Literature reviews
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Design science research
  • Theories used in IS research

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.


Lectures Method

  • 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 reading

  • Bryman, 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 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. Springer, Heidelberg, Germany.

Further reading
  • Miles, 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

Exam Modalities

Written Exam (90 min)


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