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Academic Working Methods

level of course unit

second cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

Within the context of a research project to be carried out within a small group the students will acquire knowledge concerning academic work methods. With basic knowledge of the techniques and rules of academic work as the starting point, the students will be instructed in data analysis including inferential statistics.
The students will learn the skills of addressing complex, academic problems and of developing a concept for research work. This will include structure, contents, form and writing style of a high level.
Developing the above-mentioned knowledge and skills will prepare the students both formally and methodically for producing their master's dissertation. These preparations will include addressing and critical discussion of the academic methods used for producing a master's dissertation. In order to support the students in the search for relevant and high-quality problems, possible topics and hypotheses will be addressed and discussed.

prerequisites and co-requisites

not applicable

course contents

The students will learn how to plan complex research work and to carry it out unaided, methodically and to the appropriate academic standards.

recommended or required reading

- Ebster, C. / Stalzer, L. (2002): Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschafter. WUV - Franck, N. (2004): Handbuch Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten. Fischer TB

assessment methods and criteria

seminar paper

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work, presentation and task discussion

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Mandy Balthasar_nbl, BA, MSc

year of study


recommended optional program components

not applicable

course unit code


type of course unit

compulsory (integrated lecture)

mode of delivery

In-class course

work placement(s)

not applicable