260.687 Privatissimum
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, PV, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: PV Research Seminar
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to methodically plan, structure and carry out essential aspects of writing a doctoral thesis (dissertation) on the matters of urban design.

Subject of course

Assistance in the selection of topics and formulation of research question(s); instruction in scientific methods; reflection and discussion of the progress of work. Introduction to dissemination strategies.

The general teaching content of the privatissimum is to familiarise students with the methods and organisation of writing a scientific thesis. The choice of topics is up to the students. However, it is still clarified and specified in advance with the supervisor. In special cases and if expressly desired, there is also the possibility of given topics. The following research and implementation work is carried out under supervision and accompanied by personal meetings and discussions.

Teaching methods

Personal one-to-one supervision. Methods that are spontaneously applied here according to the situation: collegial practice and case discussion, discussion of methods and research findings.
Learning success correlates strongly with our ability to self-reflect. This is why I also work with metacognitive strategies: Matthew effect or interlocking effect. The questioning of existing knowledge and embedding it in the students' everyday knowledge is cultivated here throughout the entire course.
In contrast to final bottom-down evaluation, there is continuous feedback and formative learning success control.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: https://www.tuwien.at/fileadmin/Assets/dienstleister/Datenschutz_und_Dokumentenmanagement/Plagiarism.pdf

Participation on request. Personal registration and questions: Angelika Psenner angelika.psenner@tuwien.ac.at



Examination modalities

Completion of an independent scientific work: thesis (dissertation)

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
27.09.2023 09:00 27.10.2023 18:00

Registration modalities

especially for doctoral candidates supervised by A. Psenner


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
786 600 Architecture Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Authorisation for doctoral studies