259.308 Master Thesis Seminar
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020W, SE, 1.5h, 2.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 1.5
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to start writing their masterthesis in the field Building Science and Technology.

The goal of this course is encourage the students to systematically develop a proposal for their Master's thesis. This involves the selection of the research area and the research topic. Moreover, the students are to gain confidence in developing the general structure of a fitting research design. A further learning effect is expected to arise in consideration and inclusion of critical feedback provided by the instructors and fellow course participants toward iterative improvement of the proposal quality. At the end of the course an approved proposal and corresponding supervision agreement will be submitted, so that the Master's thesis work can proceed in a procedurally solid manner.

Subject of course

Students explore and articulate ideas for a Master's thesis topic within the topical framework of Building Science & Technology. Each student prepares - in writing -  and presenting a Master's thesis proposal. This document outlines the thesis, its motivation and background, as well as the applied methodology and expected results. The students are expected to modify and improve the proposals based on feedback received.

Teaching methods

  • Preperation of a master thesis proposal including research question, proposed methods, expected outcome and time- and workplan.
  • Critical discussion in class.

Mode of examination


Additional information

*** Please note that successful participation in all the courses of Module 1 (Science and Resaerch Fundamentals)  is a prerequisite for this course

*** Participants are expected to have completed a substantial part of the masters studies in Building Science and Technology, i.e. at least 60 ECTS of the study volume

***Meetings in Winter Term 2020/21 (will all be held via ZOOM or goToMeeting - see TUWEL-course)

  • KickOff: 14.10.2020, 15:00 - 17:00
  • Review/Discussion: 28.10.2020, 15:00 - 17:00
  • First Intermediate Review: 11.11.2020, 15:00 - 17:00
  • Review/Discussion: 25.11.2020, 15:00 - 17:00
  • Second Intermediate Review: 09.12.2020, 15:00 - 17:00
  • Review/Discussion: 16.12.2020, 15:00 - 17:00
  • Final Review: 13.01.2021, 15:00 - 17:00

Short-Term Changes will be announced (only) via TISS_Mail. Therefore, please ensure to have all settings done to receive your student-mail emails, and - more important - please read them carefully :).

+++ Contact: lecture2593@tuwien.ac.at (Subject: Number of lecture & issue)

E-Mails to other adresses can and will not be processed. +++

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



Course dates

Wed15:00 - 17:3014.10.2020 will be held in ZOOM or goToMeeting (see TUWEL)Kick-Off
Wed15:00 - 17:0028.10.2020 will be held in ZOOM or goToMeeting (see TUWEL)Review / Discussion
Wed15:00 - 17:0011.11.2020 will be held in ZOOM or goToMeeting (see TUWEL)First Intermediate Review
Wed15:00 - 17:0025.11.2020 will be held in ZOOM or goToMeeting (see TUWEL)Review / Discussion
Wed15:00 - 17:0009.12.2020 will be held in ZOOM or goToMeeting (see TUWEL)Second Intermediate Review
Wed15:00 - 17:0016.12.2020 will be held in ZOOM or goToMeeting (see TUWEL)Review / Discussion
Wed15:00 - 17:0013.01.2021 will be held in ZOOM or goToMeeting (see TUWEL)Final Review
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

  • Mandatory presence
  • (timely delivery and overwork) of drafts of the research proposal (in different stages)


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Wed - 09.12.2020assessed08.12.2020 07:00 - 08.12.2020 07:30TISSProposal_accepted II

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.10.2020 18:00 12.10.2020 10:00 12.10.2020 10:00

Registration modalities:

Students should have passed around 60ects of the Master of Building Science Curriculum!


The student must have at least 5 of the course(s) completed listed below:


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 444 Building Science and Technology


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge


Preceding courses

Continuative courses