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Academic Working Methods

level of course unit

Bachelor

Learning outcomes of course unit

Graduates are able to:
- formulate research questions in an appropriate way.
- plan methods to answer research questions.
- research, evaluate and cite from specialist literature.
- carry out and complete a relatively short piece of academic writing of intermediate complexity.

prerequisites and co-requisites

None

course contents

This introduction to academic working methods principally aims to raise students’ awareness of characteristics, rules and essential features of the academic world and academic work. In this context the focus is placed on learning and understanding deductive and inductive methods and empirical procedures for the acquisition of knowledge. Students receive instructions on how to write seminar theses on their own and in line with common standards of academic writing. This preparation includes both guidance on how to use literature as well as discussions on the issue of quality in academic papers, focusing in particular on intellectual honesty and intersubjective comprehensibility.

recommended or required reading

- Bänsch, Axel: Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten: Seminar- und Diplomarbeiten. - München [u.a.]: Oldenbourg, 2009
- Chalmers, Alan: Wege der Wissenschaft.- Berlin; Heidelberg: Springer, 2007
- Eco, Umberto: Wie man eine wissenschaftliche Abschlussarbeit schreibt.- UTB Facultas Universitätsverlag, 2010
- Karmasin, Matthias; Ribing, Rainer. Die Gestaltung wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten. 6. Auflage, facultas.wuv / UTB, Wien, 2011.
- Leopold-Wildburger, Ulrika; Schütze, Jörg. Verfassen und Vortragen: Wissenschaftliche Arbeiten und Vorträge leicht gemacht. Springer, Berlin et al., 2002

assessment methods and criteria

Academic homework assignment

language of instruction

German

number of ECTS credits allocated

1

planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture with discussion and examples

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered

1

course-hours-per-week (chw)

1

name of lecturer(s)

Prof. (FH) Dr. habil Döller Mario

year of study

1

recommended optional program components

None

course unit code

vzWIA1

type of course unit

compulsory

mode of delivery

ILV

work placement(s)

not applicable