International Business Studies FT
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level of course unit

1. Study cycle, Bachelor

Learning outcomes of course unit

The students:
• have a basic understanding of the necessity of science, research and publishing in the scientific community.
• understand how the state of research on a particular topic is determined.
• can formulate research questions clearly and appropriately to the topic.
• know different methods for answering research questions and can select the one that is relevant to the topic.
• have an overview of where to research which specialist literature and how to evalu-ate it as well as how it is used appropriately in the text (critical reflection, citation style).
• have the knowledge to create a scientific work of medium complexity and manage-able volume

prerequisites and co-requisites


course contents

• Characteristics, rules and basic principles of science and scientific work
• Scientific theory and methodological principles of scientific research
• Overview of the research method observation, questioning, content analysis and experiment
• Using word processing programs to write formally correct scientific papers
• Overview of databases and other ways to find literature sources

recommended or required reading

• Ebster, Claus; Stalzer, Lieselotte.: Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftler. UTB (in the current edition)
• Nicol, Natascha; Albrecht, Rolf: Scientific work with Word. Addison Wesley (in the current edition)
• 1-2 recent articles from professional journals

assessment methods and criteria

Online tasks, exam

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


eLearning quota in percent


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Blended Learning

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Prof. (FH) Dr. Peter Dietrich

course unit code


type of course unit

integrated lecture

mode of delivery


work placement(s)