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Academic Research I: Fundamentals

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Learning outcomes of course unit

The students
• Know the fundamentals of the research process.
• Can formulate research questions appropriately.
• Can plan methodological procedures for answering research questions.
• Can research, evaluate and quote specialist literature.
• Are familiar with the structure of an academic paper.
• Can write an exposé.

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course contents

Part A: Fundamentals of academic research:
• General rules of academic research
• Ethical aspects and plagiarism

Part B: Aspects and techniques:
• Finding a research gap
• Literature research (books, journals, digital library, internet)
• Introduction to literature management programs
• Formulation of research hypotheses and questions
• Citation and citation styles
• Ensuring objectivity of research results

Part C: Content and structure of an academic paper:
• Structure of an academic paper
• Description of problem & relevance
• Presentation of the aim of the paper
• Structure of the table of contents
• List of figures and tables
• Creation of source lists and bibliographies
• Other elements of an academic paper (affidavit, abstract, appendix, etc.)

recommended or required reading

Balzert, H., Schröder, M., & Schäfer, C. (2017). Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten: Ethik, Inhalt & Form wiss. Arbeiten, Handwerkszeug, Quellen, Projektmanagement, Präsentation. Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag.
Berger-Grabner, D. (2016). Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten in den Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften: Hilfreiche Tipps und praktische Beispiele. Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag.
Esselborn-Krumbiegel, H. (2017). Richtig wissenschaftlich schreiben: Wissenschaftssprache in Regeln und Übungen. Paderborn: Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh.
Kipman, U., Leopold-Wildburger, U., & Reiter, T. (2018). Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten 4.0: Vortragen und Verfassen leicht gemacht. Berlin-Heidelberg: Springer Verlag.
Oehlrich, M. (2019). Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten und Schreiben: Schritt für Schritt zur Bachelor- und Master-Thesis in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften. Berlin-Heidelberg: Springer Verlag.
Theisen, M. R. (2016). Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten: Erfolgreich bei Bachelor- und Masterarbeit. München: Verlag Franz Vahlen.

assessment methods and criteria

• Exposé and
• Quiz

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Prof. (FH) DDr. Mario Situm, MBA
Director of Studies Business Management
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