W944 – Academic Research Skills

Academic Research Skills
Academic Research Skills
Module number
Version: 2
Business Administration
1 Semester
Summer and Winter semester
Module supervisor

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Ronny Baierl


Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Ronny Baierl

Course language(s)

in "Academic Research Skills"

ECTS credits

3.00 credits


90 hours


2.00 SCH (2.00 SCH Internship)

Self-study time

60.00 hours


in "Academic Research Skills"


Alternative examination - Portfolio
Weighting: 100% | not graded | tested in English language
in "Academic Research Skills"

Form of teaching

The entire course will be offered as e-learning independent of location and time.

Media type

see OPAL course

Instruction content/structure

The module deepens the knowledge of the scientific practice and extends existing basic knowledge for the creation of scientific work. In doing so, students are familiarized with the different types of scientific papers and their respective purposes. Based on the quality criteria of scientific work, basic craft techniques and selected analysis methods are presented and tested to tackle this complex task.

Qualification objectives

Professional and scientific competence

  • Graduates have learned to integrate uncertainty into strategic issues (general corporate strategy, innovation, knowledge management).
  • Graduates have learned to systematically evaluate strategic and operational information, process and resource alternatives and to make decisions.
  • Graduates have learned to independently formulate and process an innovative scientific task from applied research.

Ability to take up qualified gainful employment

  • Graduates can implement theoretically acquired knowledge in a practical and solution-oriented manner.
  • Graduates have the ability to generate the necessary information from extensive data and to make well-founded (strategic) decisions.
  • Graduates have learned to independently break down complex operational tasks into sub-tasks and to solve them in a company-related manner.
  • Graduates can organise themselves and show teamwork and leadership skills.
  • Graduates can research, interpret and question specialised scientific texts.
  • Graduates can present work results in a structured manner and defend and further develop them in front of an expert audience.

Ability to engage in social activities

  • Graduates meet the challenges of international professional work with a high degree of personal responsibility and integrity. They are naturally characterised by sensitivity towards issues such as sustainability, fairness and diversity.
  • Graduates pay particular attention to possible consequences of action in relation to long-term trends such as globalisation, demographics, financial crises, sustainable development, etc. They are able to take into account economic and social factors when making (strategic) decisions.
  • Graduates are able to consider, assess and integrate the economic, ecological and social dimensions in (strategic) decisions.

Personal development

  • Graduates have learned to assess their own strengths and weaknesses as well as their effect on others and to act according to their personal resources.
  • Against this background, graduates are able to make conscious and reflective strategic decisions and apply methods for their implementation.
  • Graduates have recognised the necessity of lifelong learning and have acquired corresponding skills and strategies.
Social and personal skills
  • Students acquire the ability to communicate their own research results in an appropriate way to different addressees.
  • Students will be able to present well-founded research results at scientific conferences, also in an international context.
  • Students can concisely communicate derived practice-relevant recommendations for action even for non-academically educated persons.
Special admission requirements


Recommended prerequisites

Basic knowledge in academic writing and basic statistical knowledge are required.

Continuation options

Baierl, R. (2021): Academic Research Skills. ISBN: 9783825256982.

Additional literature will be provided in class.

Current teaching resources

see OPAL course


see OPAL course