3803776: Research methods

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Semester:WS 14/15
Scheduled in semester:1
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:56.6 L / 42.5 h
Self-directed study time:107.5 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


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


The module provides an introduction to research methods.


  • Introduction to research
  • Literature reviews
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Design science research


    • describe the historical development of scientific research
    • explain the concept of scientific research
    • explain the role of theory in scientific research
    • understand qualitative, quantitative, and design-oriented approaches for scientific research
    • identify suitable research methods in order to seek answers to specific research questions
    • apply basic qualitative, quantitative, and design-oriented research methods

Lectures Method

The module integrates theoretical knowledge and practical skills in an interactive lecture. It prepares the ground for the module “Topics in IS Research,” where students develop the exposé for their master’s thesis.

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


The students will be provided with handouts and supporting materials throughout the course.

Primary reading:

Recker, J. (2012). Scientific Research in Information Systems: A Beginner’s Guide. Springer, Heidelberg, Germany.

Further readings (in order of importance):

Kumar, R. (2014). Research methodology: A step-by-step guide for beginners. London, UK: Sage Publications.

Creswell, J. W. (2003). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. London, UK: Sage Publications.

Oates, B. J. (2006). Researching information systems and computing. London, UK: Sage Publications.

Bryman, A. & Bell, E. (2011) Business research methods. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Miles, M. B. & Huberman, A. M. (1994). Qualitative data analysis. An expanded sourcebook. London, UK: Sage Publications.

Exam Modalities

Written examination


  • PWW-MA_Research Methods (WS 14/15, bewertet)
  • PWW-MA_Research Methods (SS 15, abgesagt)