251.923 Collaborative work | remote research
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, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to independently conduct literature and archival research to accompany their research and identify and evaluate the advantages and limitations of remote research.

Subject of course

George Niemann - Der Palast Diokletians in Spalato, Wien 1910, Südteil des Palastes im Jahre 1906

"Diokletianspalast, Südmauer zum Meer", George Niemann 1906 (wikipedia.org visited on 08.02.2023)

Before the confrontation with the object of a building survey, building archeology is founded on research in libraries and archives, and the remote collection of information on the subject. Multimedia offers are used to - remotely - expand on the study of historical documents and build a comprehensive understanding of the building without having visited the object itself.

Remote research allows researchers to look at remote objects and work on them from a distance. This aspect has become crucial due to crisis-related travel restrictions and a strong awareness of the ecological impact of intensive travel activities.

In this course, using the example of Diocletian's Palace in Split, research methods are presented, discussed, and applied, that allow us to examine different aspects of architectural history "from a distance". Students will practice the thematic approach to historic architecture. They will slowly engage with various facets of the Palace. For this purpose, accompanied by classical literature research, historical archival material in Vienna on the Palace will be researched, visited, and analyzed for its relevance.

Due to the continuous adaptation and addition to the building structure of the ancient city center, Split presents a complex field of research for building archaeologists. The late antique building complex was constructed as a residence for the Roman emperor Diocletian and has become an important tourist destination on the Dalmatian coast. A comprehensive picture of the late antique building structure will be created by systematically examining the historical materials and visual documentation. 

Teaching methods

-          Analysis and interpretation of historical documentation

-          Structuring, organizing, and evaluating research data

-          Research in local archives in Vienna and archives in Split (on-site and remote)

-          Organizing exchange platforms for collaborative work

Mode of examination




Course dates

Tue13:00 - 17:0016.05.2023 - 27.06.2023Seminarraum 251 Collaborative work | remote research
Collaborative work | remote research - Single appointments
Tue16.05.202313:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 251 Collaborative work | remote research
Tue23.05.202313:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 251 Collaborative work | remote research
Tue06.06.202313:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 251 Collaborative work | remote research
Tue13.06.202313:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 251 Collaborative work | remote research
Tue20.06.202313:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 251 Collaborative work | remote research
Tue27.06.202313:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 251 Collaborative work | remote research
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Active participation in the course, written short paper and presentation of research results.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
15.02.2023 09:00 15.04.2023 21:00 16.04.2023 21:00


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


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture Not specified
066 443 Architecture Not specified


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