040.002 Scientific Work: Literature Research, Citations, and Academic Writing (for Environmental Engineering)
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, SE, 2.0h, 2.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

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

  • … apply principles inherent to all scientific work
  • … generate adequate research questions
  • … find scholarly publications based on systematic search techniques
  • … name criteria for evaluating the quality and relevance of research outputs
  • … use standards for the structure of manuscripts
  • … correctly use citations and references (including with the help of reference management softwares)
  • … design a research and to finalise it throughout various stages of writing

Subject of course

Every unit comprises not only lectures and inputs, but also multiple opportunities for small practical exercises and discussions to interactively convey the following topics:

  • General principles of academic work (e.g. what are the characteristics of a scientific writing style?)
  • Structure of research manuscripts (e.g. Abstracts, IMRaD-structure)
  • Phases of writing, from the vague collection of ideas to the final revision of a paper
  • Rules of citing and referencing, and the prevention of plagiarism
  • The use of reference managers (e.g. Zotero)
  • Systematic search for scholarly publications
  • Strategies of reading and searching with regards to research outputs
  • Understanding and evaluating various types of academic publications
  • Rules of scientific integrity

Teaching methods

  • Conveying fundamental standards of academic research with many small exercises and discussions
  • Active use of scientific databases to search for academic literature to the students‘ topic of choice
  • Writing very small training chapters according to the IMRaD-structure of scientific papers
  • Peer review procedure among the students

Mode of examination


Additional information

The seminar is particularly well-suited for students who prepare to write (or who are in the midst of writing) academic works or similar papers, such as Bachelor theses.

It may be helpful, but not necessary, if students already had an (at least vague) idea of a preferred research topic.

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: Directive concerning the handling of plagiarism (PDF)



Course dates

Thu10:00 - 12:0004.03.2021 Zoom (LIVE)Überblick: Besonderheiten des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens
Thu10:00 - 12:0011.03.2021 Zoom (LIVE)Forschungsfrage & erste Recherchestrategien
Thu10:00 - 12:0018.03.2021 Zoom (LIVE)Methoden & weiterführende Recherche- und Lesestrategien
Thu10:00 - 12:0025.03.2021 Zoom (LIVE)Ergebniskapitel ("Results") der wissenschaftlichen Arbeit; Layout (Tabelle, Abbildungen)
Thu10:00 - 12:0015.04.2021 Zoom (LIVE)Schreibprozesse und Struktur von Absätzen
Thu10:00 - 12:0022.04.2021 Zoom (LIVE)Diskussionskapitel; CatalogPlus
Thu10:00 - 12:0029.04.2021 Zoom (LIVE)Zitationen und Literaturverwaltungssoftwares
Thu10:00 - 12:0006.05.2021 Zoom (LIVE)Einleitungskapitel der wissenschaftlichen Arbeit; Normdatenbanken
Thu10:00 - 12:0020.05.2021 Zoom (LIVE)Bewertung wissenschaftlicher Quellen; Abstracts
Thu10:00 - 12:0010.06.2021 Zoom (LIVE)Peer-Review-Verfahren; Bilder- und Urheberrechte
Thu10:00 - 12:0017.06.2021 Zoom (LIVE)Akademische Integrität (zB Plagiate); Ausblick und Fragestunde

Examination modalities

  • Research paper of ca. 8 pages (please note that that the assessment relates only to general skills regarding scientific work; students should thus not expect subject-specific supervision concerning the content of the work)
  • Active participation, including in an internal peer review-procedure

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
25.01.2021 00:01 01.03.2021 12:00 27.03.2021 23:59


The student has to be enrolled for at least one of the studies listed below


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
033 266 Environmental Engineering 6. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

A passable knowledge of English (for reading small text passages) may be useful.


  • Attendance Required!