Nailing your Thesis

Riehle, D.
Umfang: 4 SWS (5 ECTS)
Termin(e) & Ort:
Zielgruppe: WPF CE-MA-INF (im 1. Semester)

WPF IIS-MA (im 1. Semester)

WPF INF-BA (im 5. Semester)

WPF INF-MA (im 1. Semester)


OSS-NYT (Nailing your Thesis)


Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle, M.B.A.


This course teaches students how to perform research work and how to publish the results. According to most Prüfungsordnungen Bachelor or Master theses have to be scientific work, and this class teaches students how to do so.

The class consists of a 2 SWS lecture part and a 2 SWS exercise part. It is run as a 3h block with a short break in between. With homework and self-study, the course effort is 5 ECTS. If students pick up one of the offered research projects, total effort doubles to 10 ECTS. The research project does not require additional time in class.

The lecture part covers the following topics:

  • Science and society
  • The research process
  • Exploratory research
  • Confirmatory research
  • Writing a thesis/paper
  • Scientific community

The exercise associated with the lecture involves reading, writing, and evaluating weekly homework, but no research project. Taken as lecture + exercises, student effort totals 5 ECTS.

Students can pick up a research project for an additional 5 ECTS. Students perform research and write a (short) research paper. With these additional 5 ECTS of research project work, NYT can be taken as a 10 ECTS course.

The syllabus, schedule, literature, and more can be found at

Please sign up for the course on StudOn (link accessible through schedule spreadsheet) as soon as possible.

Lernziele und Kompetenzen

Students will learn

  • how to perform research
  • how to write a research thesis

Studien- und Prüfungsleistungen

Student work comprises

  • class participation
  • course homework
  • research paper

depending on whether the 5 or 10 ECTS variant was chosen.

Grades are based on linearly combining the individual grades from class participation, student presentations, and the semester research paper as weighted by the amount of work (ECTS) needed for it.



Vorbereitende Literatur

The syllabus, schedule, literature, and more can be found at

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