International Summer School for Advanced Study

Applied Business Research Methods

in cooperation with Weber State University Ogden / USA

  • HSB LogoIntensive course: 60 hours / one field trip included
  • Course language: English
  • Number of participants: circa 20

Course date

9 July – 3 August 2018

Registration deadline

Deadline of registration: 1st of May 2017

Course language


Language level

B2-C2 / Intermediate and advanced level


4 credit hours - US / 8 credit points-ECTS*
* Please note: These credits can be transferred to your home university/institution. It is recommended to verify with your home university/institution that the grades you earn in Bremen can be applied to your curriculum or course of study.

Syllabus and Faculty

Applied Business Research Methods

Lectures, excursion and assessments 60 hours
Group work, individual preparation and reading 50 hours
Total duration 110 hours

An important component of any business degree should include the acquisition of research skills so that students are able to generate new knowledge and to communicate findings to others.
A key element of this course will be a requirement to conduct an applied research paper in business or economics. The course will focus on individual components in the research process and the integration of these components into an applied research paper.
Specifically, the course will focus on:

  • how to develop an effective research question,
  • review existing research,
  • formulate a testable hypothesis,
  • conceptualize research,
  • gather data,
  • interpret results from an empirical analysis,
  • and communicate findings in a research report and an oral presentation.

By the end of class you have learned to write more effectively, document correctly, and present efficiently so that conducting research and writing research reports such as this are not so daunting.  Most importantly, you should learn to embrace the process of research as a journey that you will engage in for the rest of your life. 

The course format will be a mixture of lectures, assignments, presentations and class discussion. No prior coursework is required.


Module 1
Applied Business Research Methods

Module 2
Cross-cultural Management and Communication
German language – a short introduction

Module 3
Plant tour Mercedes Benz Bremen

Timetable PDF Download application/pdf
Teaching method Lectures, workshops, project work
Assessment Continuous assessment and final test
Syllabus update/created September 2016: PDF Download application/pdf
Faculty Professor Dr. Cliff Nowell
Professor of Economics
Associate Dean of the Goddard School of Business and Economics
Weber State University Ogden / USA
Lecturers for Cross-cultural Management and German Language / Hochschule Bremen


Certificate / transcript of records

At the end of the course a certificate of attendance and transcript of records will be issued to each participant.
Successful participants can earn 4 credit hours - US / 8 credit points-ECTS.

Course participants

Students of economics, business studies, management studies and interested persons. Minimum age 18 years.


For information concerning the accommodation please see "room and board".

Tram and bus ticket

As a participant in the International Summer School on arrival you will receive a ticket for public transport (tram + bus) for the duration of the course. With this ticket you can use all trams and buses within the city of Bremen. For travels on the night trams/buses on the weekend a surcharge of EURO 1 per ride is due.

Additional Information

  • Internet access and e-mail are available to every participant.
  • During the entire stay tutors of the Hochschule Bremen will be available and will take care of participants’ needs.

Activities program

An attractive and colourful leisure program provides participants with ample opportunities to discover Bremen and Germany (in part subject to charge).

  • guided city tour
  • welcome and farewell parties
  • leisure activities
  • excursions and trips

For more information please see "leisure activities".


For the duration of your stay in Germany we recommend taking out a health and accident insurance policy as well as a third party insurance. The Hochschule Bremen will not be liable for any costs arising in the case of either sickness or injury.
Summer school fees do not include any insurance coverage.


Course fee*

Applied Business Research Methods
9 July – 3 August EURO 900 Registration

* The course fee includes:

  • information packet with city guide
  • Seminars and lectures
  • Teaching material
  • Program related excursion
  • Ticket for public transport in Bremen (bus+tram)

* The course fee excludes:

  • Travel expenses
  • Accommodation in Bremen
  • Health and liability insurance
  • Board and personal spendings
  • Participation in optional activities

The program may be subject to change.