Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.01.2019 - 31.05.2019

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I-II, III-V autumn and spring (2018-2019, 2019-2020)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course will provide a student with skills to systematically conduct a research project and gather data. Specifically, after the course student is able to

• apply appropriate research methods and scientific thinking in problem solving
• define and specify adequate research objectives and research questions in the subject area of Operations and Service Management
• make a sound research plan for a small-scale empirical study
• collect and nalyze empirical data, report the results, and evaluate the quality (reliability and validity) of empirical research.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Course includes designing a study that is based on empirical data. Students will do hands-on exercises of the different phases of a scientific research (e.g. designing an instrument for collecting data, data collection, data analysis, etc.). The course prepares the students for conducting scientific research (e.g. Master’s thesis).

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures, seminars, exam, empirical assignment

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Lectures, readings & exam: 54 hours in total


In OM&S, students may choose to work in a group with given data set (5 cr) , or individually or in pairs with their own data (7 cr)

Research project and seminars: 81-135 hours in total. Course includes two kinds of readings

1) Mandatory readings that cover exam questions

2) Optional readings that are needed for designing and carrying out the empirical research

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

To be announced later

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

TU-22.1155, TU-22.1345

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Bachelor´s Seminar

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Only for those students that intend to write a Master's Thesis on a subject from the field of Operations and Service Management.


Registration and further information