Modulhandbuch (Module manual)

M.184.4176 Finding and Developing your Research Project
(Finding and Developing your Research Project)
Koordinator (coordinator): Prof. Dr. Wendelin Schnedler
Ansprechpartner (contact):
Credits: 5 ECTS
Workload: 150 Std (h)
Semesterturnus (semester cycle): SoSe/WS
Studiensemester (study semester): 1-4
Dauer in Semestern (duration in semesters): 1
Lehrveranstaltungen (courses):
Nummer / Name
(number / title)
(contact time)
Status (P/WP)
(group size)
a) K.184.41761 / Finding and Developing your Research project (M.A.) Seminar 43 Std (h) 107 Std (h) P 10 TN (PART)
Wahlmöglichkeiten innerhalb des Moduls (Options within the module):
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen (prerequisites):

​This course is taught in German in summer term and in English in winter term. 

When selecting participants, preference is given to people who are writing their final thesis with us in the same semester. Remaining places are allocated equally to Master and Bachelor students according to the average of their grades.

Inhalte (short description):

Often students do a literature survey in their final thesis. These students miss the unique opportunity to conduct their own research. On the other hand, finding and developing one's own research project is difficult. What does research in economics mean? What is a good research project? This course tries to answer these questions, helps you to decide on one idea, and then to develop it. At the end, you should have a clear idea of a topic for your Master thesis. 

The course involves a week of teaching just before the term starts (see below).

Lernergebnisse (learning outcomes):
Fachkompetenz Wissen (professional expertise):
  • distinguish three different quantitative research methods.
  • Fachkompetenz Fertigkeit (practical professional and academic skills):

  •        find your own research topics.
  •        describe the statement that is the object of your research.
  •        motivate your choice of research method.
  •        improve weaknesses of research ideas through interactive teamwork.
  •        formulate a project description that may serve as the starting point for your thesis.

  • Personale Kompetenz / Sozial (individual competences / social skills):
  • match your research topic with the suitable quantitative research method.
  • Personale Kompetenz / Selbstständigkeit (individual competences / ability to perform autonomously):
  • ​identify weaknesses and strengths of research ideas and project descriptions.​
  • identify the contribution of your research to the field of literature
  • generate a project which constitutes a real contribution to existing research.​​

  • Prüfungsleistungen (examinations)
    Art der Modulprüfung (type of modul examination): Modulabschlussprüfung
    Art der Prüfung
    (type of examination)
    a) Hausarbeit ca. 10 Seiten 100.00 %
    Studienleistung / qualifizierte Teilnahme (module participation requirements)
    Voraussetzungen für die Teilnahme an Prüfungen (formal requirements for participating in examinations)
    Voraussetzungen für die Vergabe von Credits (formal requirements for granting credit points)
    Die Vergabe der Credits erfolgt, wenn die Modulnote mindestens „ausreichend“ ist
    Gewichtung für Gesamtnote (calculation of overall grade)
    Das Modul wird mit der Anzahl seiner Credits gewichtet (Faktor: 1)
    Verwendung des Moduls in den Studiengängen (The module can be selected in the following degree programmes)
    M.Sc. International Business Studies, M.Sc. Betriebswirtschaftslehre, M.Sc. International Economics and Management, M.Sc. Management Information Systems, M.Sc. Wirtschaftsinformatik, M.Sc. Wirtschaftspädagogik, M. Ed. Wirtschaftspädagogik
    M.Sc. International Business Studies, M.Sc. Betriebswirtschaftslehre, M.Sc. International Economics and Management, M.Sc. Management Information Systems, M.Sc. Wirtschaftsinformatik, M.Sc. Wirtschaftspädagogik, M.Ed. Wirtschaftspädagogik
    M.Sc. Betriebswirtschaftslehre
    M.Sc. International Business Studies
    M.Sc. International Economics and Management
    M.Sc. Management Information Systems
    M.Sc. Management
    Umfang QT (participation requirements):
    Lernmaterialien, Literaturangaben (learning material, literature):
    Teilnehmerbegrenzung (participant limit):
    10 Personen
    Sonstige Hinweise (additional information):

    ​If you are interested in participating in the course "Finding and Developing Your Research Project", please apply via sending a mail to
    Notice that this course begins in form of an intensive block week ( 11.03-15.03.2024) before the term starts and contains some meetings throughout the semester. Registered students, who miss the first day without being officially excused, will be unregistered from the course!

    This term the course is offered as an in-person course.

    For questions, please send an email to

    Participants who are missing out the first session without excuse lose their admission to the course and are signed out.
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