195.079 Fundamental research methods for doctoral students
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

  • enumerate and describe the fundamental research methods in Computer Science
  • point out the basic targets and concepts of these research methods
  • find pointers to more advanced information about these methods
  • critically identify the research methods relevant to their research and correctly apply these

Subject of course

This course will be held online (mix of homework based on online material AND live sessions).

An introduction meeting will be held on

Tue, March 2nd, 2021 at 16:15  in Zoom: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/99496454758

Participation is mandatory!

After an introduction to methodologies and paradigms

this course will continue with its 4 main parts:

  1. Formal methods
  2. Quantitative methods
  3. Qualitative methods
  4. Design methods

ECTS Breakdown:

19 hours / Qualitative methods
19 hours / Quantitative methods
19 hours / Formal methods
19 hours / Design methods


76 hours overall


March 2:   Organizational issues
March 16: Introduction to Methodologies and Paradigms
April 13:    Qualitative Methods
April 27:    Formal Methods
May 18:    Quantitative Methods
June 1:     Design Methods (Literature Review)
June 8:     Design Methods (Design Science Research)

Teaching methods

The respective teachers design their blocks differently. Please pay attention to the information which will be available in the TUWEL course.

Generally, videos will be available to allow flexible timing for self-study. The dates listed in the schedule will allow for discussion and Q&A


Mode of examination


Additional information

This is a Fundamental PhD Course of the Faculty of Informatics for doctoral students. 

First-year doctoral students are advised to take this course, as its content may help them to prepare their PhD proposal.

Doctoral students in Computer Science have admission priority to this course.

In case of general questions (which are not specific to one of the course parts) please contact
Andreas Steininger via e-mail: steininger@ecs.tuwien.ac.at.



Course dates

Tue08:30 - 10:0016.03.2021 Zoom link to be provided (LIVE)Introduction to Research Paradigms

Examination modalities

The course parts will be graded with an assignment for each part. The final grade is calculated as the average grade of the assignments.

For a positive overall grade all four course parts must have been graded positive by the respective lecturer.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
06.02.2021 00:00 26.02.2021 10:00

Registration modalities

Please register in TISS.



No lecture notes are available.


  • Attendance Required!