040.003 Scientific Work: Literature Research, Citations, and Academic Writing
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, SE, 2.0h, 2.0EC


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

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 test
  • 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, master theses and diploma projects.

It may be helpful, but not necessary, to have a vague idea of a preferred research topic.

Note that the time (from 10:00 to 12:00) 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

Tue10:00 - 12:0007.03.2023 Zoom (LIVE)Überblick; Besonderheiten des wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens
Tue10:00 - 12:0014.03.2023 Zoom (LIVE)Forschungsfrage; Recherche & wissenschaftliche Datenbanken
Tue10:00 - 12:0021.03.2023 Zoom (LIVE)Lesestrateigen; Methoden- & Ergebniskapitel
Tue10:00 - 12:0028.03.2023 Zoom (LIVE)Layout (Tabellen, Graphiken, Codes, Formel); Absatzstruktur
Tue10:00 - 12:0018.04.2023 Zoom (LIVE)Zitationen und Literaturverwaltungssoftwares
Tue10:00 - 12:0025.04.2023 Zoom (LIVE)Seminararbeitsbesprechung; Diskussionskapitel
Tue10:00 - 12:0002.05.2023 Zoom (LIVE)NormDB; Einleitungskapitel & Wiedergabe des Forschungsstands
Tue10:00 - 12:0009.05.2023 Zoom (LIVE)Abstracts, Schlagwörter, Peer-Review
Tue10:00 - 12:0030.05.2023 Zoom (LIVE)Bewertung wissenschaftlicher Quellen; Bilder- und Urheberrechte
Tue10:00 - 12:0013.06.2023 Zoom (LIVE)Akademische Integrität (Plagiate)
Tue10:00 - 12:0020.06.2023 Zoom (LIVE)Ausblick & Fragestunde
Tue10:00 - 12:0027.06.2023 Zoom (LIVE)Multiple Choice

Examination modalities

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

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
06.02.2023 00:01 28.02.2023 08:00 27.03.2023 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 445 Mechanical Engineering Not specified
730 FW Elective Courses - Process Engineering Elective
TRS Transferable Skills Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

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


  • Attendance Required!