259.647 Elective Seminar Building Physics and Building Ecolog
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, 3.5h, 5.0EC
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  • Semester hours: 3.5
  • Credits: 5.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand and apply fundamental principles of scientific work onto specific aspects and selected questions within the field of building physics and building ecology. The course intends to enable participants ot empower themselves with an overview onto current topics of Builing Physics and Building Ecology. The course outcome is the authorship of a seminar paper based on principles of scientific work.

Subject of course

This Seminar is one of a series of offered seminars, which can be chosen from as scientific conclusion work of the bachelor programme Architecture.

Graduate Students of Architecture of the TU Wien have - due to the structure of the curricula - a significant lack in knowledge of scientific work methodologies. In contrast to close to any other bachelor curriculum in Austria, in Europe, and Worldwide there is no 1st or 2nd Semester course focussing on scientific reasoning.

As such, the "Wahlseminar" encompasses the following aspects:

  • Conducting background research and guided-readings upon a specific topic
  • Formulating a research question or research objective in a specific domain, identification of research and developement gaps / needs.
  • Selecting and/or developing a scientific methodology that is suitable for the specific research question or research objective
  • Writing of a scientific article in a structured and concise way.
  • Exercising scientific presentation / presenting within limited timeframes.

Teaching methods

Methods of scientific working, such as:

  • Identification of gaps in the state of the art
  • literature review
  • quantitative and qualitative methods
  • scientific writing
  • referencing and quoting
  • authoring of a seminar paper
  • presenting approach, methods, findings in a time-limited format.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Kick-Off on 3rd of March 2023, 4pm via ZOOM

further schedule tba.

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



Course dates

Fri16:00 - 18:0003.03.2023 via ZOOM: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/68165718047?pwd=b05TU0F0S3Vzd3Vkb2RaSG1Wa0p4dz09Kick_off Wahlseminare 259.647_259.648
Fri15:30 - 17:0024.03.2023 via ZOOM: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/66744855716?pwd=YlkvVnJZaTQ3V0dhaGxOazVYV2VFdz09Besprechung

Examination modalities

  • mandatory Presence
  • timely delivery of different tasks and parts.
  • Authoring of a scientific paper / seminar paper
  • Presenting findings in a scientific way.


TitleApplication beginApplication end
Wahlseminare13.02.2023 09:0016.02.2023 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture Not specified6. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Knowledge of basics of Building Physics, Human Ecology, etc. are recommended, but no mandatory prerequisites, as long as motivation and interest are brought to class.

Preceding courses



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