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040.002 Scientific Work: Literature Research, Citations, and Academic Writing (for Environmental Engineers)
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, SE, 2.0h, 2.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Presence

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)

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)
  • 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 scientific research and academic writing with many small exercises and discussions
  • Active use of scientific databases to find relevant academic literature
  • Multiple choice tests
  • Writing small training parts of scientific papers (portfolio)
  • 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.

Note that the time (from 15:00 to 17:00) is to be understood sine tempore, so please be punctual.

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



Course dates

Thu15:00 - 17:0007.03.2024EI 3 Sahulka HS - UIW Überblick; Besonderheiten des wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens
Thu15:00 - 17:0014.03.2024EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Forschungsfrage; Recherche & wissenschaftliche Datenbanken
Thu15:00 - 17:0021.03.2024EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Lesestrateigen; Methoden- & Ergebniskapitel
Thu15:00 - 17:0011.04.2024EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Layout (Tabellen, Graphiken, Codes, Formel); Absatzstruktur
Thu15:00 - 17:0018.04.2024EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Zitationen und Literaturverwaltungssoftwares
Thu15:00 - 17:0025.04.2024EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Seminararbeitsbesprechung; Normdatenbanken
Thu15:00 - 17:0002.05.2024EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Diskussionskapitel; Bewertung von Quellen
Thu15:00 - 17:0009.05.2024EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Einleitungskapitel der wissenschaftlichen Arbeit & Wiedergabe des Forschungsstands
Thu15:00 - 17:0016.05.2024EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Bilder- und Urheberrechte; Peer-Review
Thu15:00 - 17:0023.05.2024EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Akademische Integrität (zB Plagiate)
Thu15:00 - 17:0006.06.2024 Zoom (oder Alternative mit Präsenzmöglichkeit, wird noch bekanntgegeben)Einzeltermin - Ausblick & Fragestunde
Thu15:00 - 17:0013.06.2024 Zoom / TUWELMultiple Choice

Examination modalities

  • Portfolio, consisting of smaller works like abstracts, well-formatted tables or bibliographies that are to be written according to scientific standards
  • Two multiple choice tests
  • Active participation, including in an internal peer review-procedure

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
08.01.2024 00:01 06.03.2024 23:59 27.03.2024 22:59


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


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 221 Geodesy and Geoinformation Not specified6. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase
033 266 Environmental Engineering Mandatory6. 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!