4003922: Topics in IS research

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Semester:WS 15/16
Scheduled in semester:3
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:60.0 L / 45.0 h
Self-directed study time:105.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Master's degree programme in IT and Business Process Management (01.10.2008)


In the module Topics in IS Research, students develop an exposé for their master’s thesis.


  • > understand a contemporary, relevant topic in Information Systems (IS) related research
    > explain the academic and practical relevance of the topic
    • review the literature on a specific IS-related topic
    • develop the structure of an exposé
    • formulate research questions
    • identify suitable methods for seeking answers to research questions
    • formulate a research design using those methods
    • write an exposè

Lectures Method

The module consists of a seminar where students learn how to write a master’s thesis exposé. Students receive guidance as to how to translate their research ideas or interests into well-formulated research questions of theoretical and practical relevance in the field of IS.

The e-learning platform Moodle will be used throughout the course for the dissemination of course material and discussions.

Students will be assigned to supervisors with similar research interests. All faculty members will introduce their research areas during the first lecture. In the course of writing the exposé, students will benefit from individual supervision, nevertheless independence and initiative are expected from them and have impacts on the overall assessment.

Generally, each supervisor allocates three appointment slots for each student to discuss the research progress. Exceptions are rare and must be approved by all involved parties.

Admission Requirements

Research Methods

* Attendance mandatory


Students will be provided with handouts and supporting materials throughout the course. Conducting a literature review is an integral part of the module.

Exam Modalities

Evaluation of the master’s thesis exposé


  • PWW-MA_08_Topics in IS Research (WS 15/16, bewertet)