280.589 Focus: Law concerning - Basics of good scientific practice
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2019W, VO, 1.0h, 2.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 1.0
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: VO Lecture

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to:
•    know the fundamental ethical norms of science and, in addition, especially those of the discipline they study
•    act in accordance with the fundamental ethical norms of science and, in addition, especially with those of the discipline they study
•    recognize and classify scientific misconduct
•    maintain quality standards in their own research process
•    use software solutions for content quality assurance and correctly interpret reports

Subject of course

Where do the scientific working techniques come from, and why is the safeguarding of "good scientific practice" so important? This lecture deals in an overview...

  • with the forms of quality assurance of scientific work (such as codes of conduct, plagiarism software testing, stylometrics, open data, open access)
  • as well as with the forms of scientific misconduct (such as plagiarism, ghostwriting, unethical authorship, data manipulation, data fabrication)
  • and their grey areas (so-called Questionable Research Practices/QRPs).
  • A focus should also be on the possibilities for self-testing for students (e.g. Software WriteCheck).

The topics of safeguarding good scientific practice and scientific misconduct should at least be

  •     historical,
  •     legal and
  •     scientific-ethical

can be illuminated.

Current discussions on "academic hoaxes", "fake science" or the "replication crisis" should enrich the lecture.

The focus on scientific honesty within the framework of a separate lecture reacts to the changes in the framework conditions for academic study:

  •     Medialisation/digitisation and thus changing reading and writing behaviors and skills
  •     Virtualization of teaching through eLearning
  •     Shortening of studies and "schooling" through the Bologna process
  •     "Academic Capitalism"/general economization, rationalization and purposeful orientation of studies
  •     Medialization of prominent plagiarism cases and
  •     new scientific irrationalisms such as climate change denial or vaccination opponents.

This is the first lecture of its kind in Austria. Medical courses in Germany have recently introduced a corresponding course as a compulsory subject - above all for the quality assurance of medical dissertations.


On 14.11.2019 at 17:00 we welcome Mag. Daniela Sibitz, Österreichisches Patentamt to the course. Her topic: The three intellectual property rights trademark, design and patent as well as the possibilities of database research

On both days, interactive elements such as live votings as well as multimedia components such as online courses and podcasts will enrich the course.


Code of Conduct für wissenschaftliches Arbeiten der TU Wien (2007)

Singapore Statement on Research Integrity (2010)

European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity der European Science Foundation (2011)

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Zweite Auflage 2013, erste Auflage 1998): Denkschrift „Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis“, Wiley-VCH/DFG

Richtlinien der Österreichischen Agentur für wissenschaftliche Integrität zur Guten Wissenschaftlichen Praxis (2019)

Teaching methods

Case studies, software demonstrations, quality checks of concrete scientific theses, podcasts, short videos, interactive live surveys with Mentimeter, external guest lecture (Mag. Daniela Sibitz, Österreichisches Patentamt), possibly students' own short lecture inputs. All material will be available after the seminar in TUWEL.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Please bring for a live voting on 14/11/2019 your mobile phone!



Course dates

Thu12:00 - 18:0014.11.2019Hörsaal 6 - RPL Vorlesungeinheit
Fri12:00 - 18:0015.11.2019Hörsaal 6 - RPL Vorlesungseinheit
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Written two-hour laptop exam with open questions. Internet and documents from TUWEL should explicitly be used. Only the written examination will be evaluated; students, however, can improve their marks with their own inputs (for example case studies) during the seminar.

Course registration

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No lecture notes are available.

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