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Academic Research and 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
GEN471
Course type
MSc Course
Weekly Hours
2,0
ECTS
3.0
Term
FS 2024
Language
Englisch
Lecturers
Juniorprof. Dr. Victor Frederik Jan van Pelt
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 a comprehensive introduction to scientific research in economics and business and the essential elements of academic writing. It covers all stages of the research process, including, but not limited to, motivating a compelling research question, writing a literature review, formulating hypotheses, reporting your results, and drawing conclusions. With a focus on practical tools and techniques, you will learn to quickly recognize research methodologies in academic articles and how to conduct effective literature searches. Along the way, you will learn about common student traps and how to avoid them. The course will also address formal aspects of thesis writing, including properly citing references in the APA style. Whether you are a student seeking to produce an outstanding thesis or simply interested in learning more about research and academic writing, this course is an excellent choice.
Date Time
Thursday, 07.03.2024 15:30 - 18:45
Tuesday, 12.03.2024 11:30 - 15:15
Tuesday, 19.03.2024 11:30 - 15:15
Tuesday, 26.03.2024 11:30 - 15:15
Optional Reading MaterialStyle: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (Williams)The Elements of Style (Strunk and White)Economical Writing (McCloskey)
Hybrid (100%)
Pass/Failbased on assignments and participation. There is no separate exam.
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