IS 712: Seminar

The seminar is a preparation for writing a master thesis and introduces students to academic work related to current topics of IS. Students independently compile a written seminar paper covering a current research topic and present their research findings in class.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the course students developed

  • a basic knowledge on the principles of academic writing,
  • the ability to independently and systematically explore a research topic,
  • readiness to take on a master thesis project in IS.

Necessary prerequisites

Recommended prerequisites
Basic knowledge of IS

Forms of teaching and learningContact hoursIndependent study time
Seminar2 SWS15 SWS
ECTS credits6
Graded yes
Form of assessmentSeminar paper (scope depends on the assigned topic), presentation, and discussion
For students of the M.Sc. Information Systems the seminar means a reduced workload with only 4 ECTS.
Restricted admissionyes
Further informationRegistration at the end of previous semester:
Performing lecturer
Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl
Timo Himmelsbach
Frequency of offeringSpring semester & fall semester
Duration of module 1 semester
Range of applicationM.Sc. MMM, M.Sc. WiPäd, M.Sc. Wirt. Inf.
Preliminary course work
Program-specific Competency GoalsCG 1, CG 4
  • Webster, J., & Watson, R. (2002). Analyzing the Past to Prepare for the Future: Writing a Literature Review. MIS Q., 26.
  • Leidner, Dorothy E. (2018) „Review and Theory Symbiosis: An Introspective Retrospective,“ Journal of the Association for Information Systems: Vol. 19 : Iss. 6 , Article 1.
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