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. The goal is to prepare students for a Bachelor or Master research thesis.

The course covers the following topics:

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

The course can be taken in two variants. The 5 ECTS version combines lectures with homework and exercises. This involves reading, writing, and evaluating research papers.

The 10 ECTS version adds a project to the 5 ECTS version. The project is provided either by an industry partner or by the professorship. It is either a qualitative or quantitative research question. Student teams will perform the research necessary to answer the question, write a (short) research paper about it, and make a final presentation.

The first session of the winter semester 2015/16 has been recorded and can be viewed here:;

feel free to watch it to get an impression of the course. In addition to the traditional classroom setting, the course may be offered online (through Adobe Connect at

Class is run as a 3h block. For the schedule see

The schedule spreadsheet contains a link to the StudOn course section. To get a chance for a seat in the course, please sign-up on StudOn at least two weeks before classes start. We expect to inform you the week before whether you got a seat in the course or not.

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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