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Spring term counts from January - August, fall term counts from September - December.

Important for Exchange Students: As the Full-Time and Part-Time MBA Programs utilize a modular course structure, the dates on which students begin and end the exchange are flexible. Please find here a chronological overview of the preliminary course offering for Spring and Fall.

Spring 2019  ›  Bachelor of Science  ›  Bachelor of Science - 4th Semester  ›  General Studies II

Introduction to Research and Academic Writing

The students shall learn how to craft papers (e.g., their thesis) in a way that it is meaningful, i.e. relevant and rigorous. To do so, they will develop an understanding of how to search for and use existing research, how to frame their contributions, and how research design choices may influence the execution of their research projects.

Course Code:
Dr. Maximilian Margolin
Course Type:
BSc Course General Studies
Week Hours:
Spring 2019
(Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.)
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of scientific research in economics as well as the stylistic and formal aspects of academic writing. The main goal of the course is to enable students to conduct own research projects and write research papers such as a Bachelor thesis.

After an introduction to the concepts of theory building and theory testing, the course will cover all stages of a research project, such as searching for literature, building hypotheses, collecting and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions. In addition to that, the course will cover formal aspects of a Bachelor thesis and the citing of references following the APA style.

Monday, 11/02/2019
03:30 PM till 06:45 PM
Monday, 18/02/2019
03:30 PM till 06:45 PM
Wednesday, 06/03/2019
03:30 PM till 06:45 PM
Monday, 11/03/2019
03:30 PM till 06:45 PM
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed., Washington DC, 2010
Academy of Management Journal Style Guide for Authors (Academy of Management Journal 2011, Vol. 54, No. 5, 1081-1084).
Lecture (100%)
Presentation (25%), Short Paper (75%)