Research Methods in Computer Science

Dear students,

welcome to the course “Research Methods for Computer Science”. The course is primarily for PhD students, but also open for master thesis students who are doing the master thesis.

I would appreciate, if you would add some details about you in the Google form. This would help me to prepare and adjust the lectures to your research areas.

Best regards,
Knut Hinkelmann


  • Knut Hinkelmann


  • Tuesday, 20th of April, 2pm - 6pm
  • Tuesday, 27th of April, 2pm - 6pm
  • Tuesday, 4th of May, 2pm - 6pm
  • Tuesday, 11th of May, 2pm - 6pm
  • Tuesday, 18th of May, 2pm - 6pm
  • Tuesday, 25th of May, 2pm - 6pm
  • Tuesday, 1st of June, 2pm - 6pm
  • Tuesday, 8th of June, 2pm - 6pm (reserve)


This course prepares students to undertake research projects with a focus on Computer Science and Information Systems research. Emphasis is placed on applying skills that lead to a successful closure of a research journey on maser level or PhD. Skills such as the ability to frame a research problem, evaluate relevant literature, generate research objective and research questions, the ability to understand a conceptual framework, the ability to select and justify a particular research design and methodology and the ability to frame their contribution to knowledge. Students will understand and apply the important methods and techniques and will learn how to report critically on research outcomes.

  • Overview of the research process
    • What is Research?
    • Research Problem
    • Research Process
  • Making a Literature Review
    • Purpose of the literature review
    • Strategies for searching relevant literature
    • Processing the literature
    • Writing the literature review
    • Tools for managing literature (Mendeley, Paperpile)
  • Research Problem, Research Contribution and Thesis Statement
    • Problem Statement
    • Identify the research contribution
    • Phrasing a Thesis Statement
  • Research Methodology
    • Research strategies:
      • Systematic Literature Review
      • Case Study
      • Design Science Research
    • Research approaches: qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods
    • Identifying research objectives and formulating research questions
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Writing a Paper
    • Structure of a paper
    • Referencing
    • Writing strategy
    • Writing tips

Will be made available during the course

Exam Dates A.Y. 2020/2021

  • Tuesday, 8th of June, 2pm - 6pm - Oral interviews
  • Tuesday, 22nd of June, 2pm - 6pm - Oral interviews

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