060.007 Introduction to Academic and Scientific 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.

2020S, VU, 3.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise

Learning outcomes

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

  • ... define a research question.    
  • ... develop a coherent research design.    
  • ... create an abstract.    
  • ... research literature and use therefor helpful tools (eg. databases, literature management software). 
  • ... plan a project (for example determine work packages and schedule them realistically)
    ... structure a scientific paper.
  • ... deal with challenges or low motivation.
  • ... evaluate and interpret the obtained data.
  • ... act with academic integrity and quote exactly.
  • ...give a research lecture.

Subject of course

In this lecture students (who have already registered a topic and found a supervisor)
will be supported by writing their academic thesis (BA- or MA-theses).

Attention: This course is NOT a substitute for attending a BA- or MA- seminar, because there
will bei no content-related support, but only assistance in the writing process.

Topics are: typical phases of a writing process, creation of research questions,
creation of abstracts, structure of scientific papers, writing techniques,
project planning and time management skills, research designs,
examples of common pitfalls in data interpretations and analyze, good practice examples,
dealing with a lack of motivation, presentation design, plagiarism avoidance and research ethics,
"correct" citation, literature research (tools), literature management software

Teaching methods

  • Keynote speeches by internal and external experts on different aspects of the topic
  • guided exercises
  • discussions
  • individual work on your own thesis

Mode of examination


Additional information

Mandatory participation in the kickoff event "Long night of unfinished theses"
on 09.03.2020 at 6 p.m. in the lecture room EI 7 (Gußhausstr. 25-29, ground floor).
The topics of the lva units are announced here.

On Monday, May 18th. please take your notebook with installed MS Project (available as a student license for € 4.8) with you.

Notice that the course will only be held in German.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact hochuldidaktik@tuwien.ac.at




Course dates

ATTENTION: Students can't see greyed out events, because they are of type RECORDING!
Mon18:00 - 23:5909.03.2020EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT Kickoff "Lange Nacht der unvollendeten Abschlussarbeiten"
Mon17:00 - 20:0020.04.2020 TUWELWriting as a process
Mon17:00 - 20:0027.04.2020 TUWEL (LIVE)From research question to research design
Mon17:00 - 20:0011.05.2020 TUWELIntensive focus: About Reading Writing and Raw Text Strategy
Mon17:00 - 20:0018.05.2020 TUWELProject planning methods including MS Project Demo
Mon17:00 - 20:0008.06.2020 TUWELDealing with psychological challenges
Mon17:00 - 20:0015.06.2020 TUWELScientific integrity and ethics in science
Mon17:00 - 20:0022.06.2020 TUWEL (LIVE)Writing types -and writing techniques
Mon17:00 - 20:0029.06.2020 TUWELEvaluation/interpretation of data and avoiding pitfalls & presentation of scientific work

Examination modalities

  • Presence and
  • active participation and
  • keeping and uploading a progress log (template will be provided)
  • Multiple-Choice Tests in TUWEL at the end of each input block

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
06.02.2020 15:00 05.10.2020 11:15


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 645 Data Science
TRS Transferable Skills


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

The course is specially designed for students who have already registered the topic
of their BA- or MA- thesis and who have a supervisor!


  • Attendance Required!