040.003 Scientific Work: Literature Research, Citations, and Academic Writing
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, SE, 2.0h, 2.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Online

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

  • … apply principles inherent to all scientific work
  • … generate adequate research questions
  • … find scholarly publications based on systematic search techniques
  • … name criteria for evaluating the quality and relevance of research outputs
  • … use standards for the structure of manuscripts
  • … correctly use citations and references (including with the help of reference management softwares)

Subject of course

Every unit comprises not only lectures and inputs, but also multiple opportunities for small practical exercises and discussions to interactively convey the following topics:

  • General principles of academic work (e.g. what are the characteristics of a scientific writing style?)
  • Structure of research manuscripts (e.g. Abstracts, IMRaD-structure)
  • Rules of citing and referencing, and the prevention of plagiarism
  • The use of reference managers (e.g. Zotero)
  • Systematic search for scholarly publications
  • Strategies of reading and searching with regards to research outputs
  • Understanding and evaluating various types of academic publications
  • Rules of scientific integrity

Teaching methods

  • Conveying fundamental standards of scientific research and academic writing with many small exercises and discussions
  • Active use of scientific databases to find relevant academic literature
  • Multiple choice tests
  • Writing of a short seminar paper
  • Peer review procedure among the students

Mode of examination


Additional information

The seminar is particularly well-suited for students who prepare to write (or who are in the midst of writing) academic works or similar papers such as bachelor theses, master theses and diploma projects.

It may be helpful, but not necessary, to have a vague idea of a preferred research topic.

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



Course dates

Tue10:00 - 12:0003.10.2023 ZoomÜberblick; Besonderheiten des wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens; Forschungsfragen
Tue10:00 - 12:0010.10.2023 ZoomMethodenkapitel (Auswahl der Methoden, Variablen usw.); Struktur von Absätzen
Tue10:00 - 12:0024.10.2023 ZoomRecherche: Such- und Lesestrategien; CatalogPlus und andere Datenbanken
Tue10:00 - 12:0007.11.2023 ZoomErgebniskapitel der wissenschaftlichen Arbeit; Layout (Tabellen, Graphiken, Codes, Formel)
Tue10:00 - 12:0014.11.2023 ZoomDiskussionskapitel; Normdatenbanken
Tue10:00 - 12:0021.11.2023 ZoomZitationen und Literaturverwaltungssoftwares
Tue10:00 - 12:0028.11.2023 ZoomEinleitungskapitel der wissenschaftlichen Arbeit und Wiedergabe des Forschungsstands
Tue10:00 - 12:0005.12.2023 ZoomAbstracts, Schlagwörter, Peer-Review
Tue10:00 - 12:0012.12.2023 ZoomBewertung wissenschaftlicher Quellen; Bilder- und Urheberrechte
Tue10:00 - 12:0019.12.2023 ZoomAkademische Integrität (zB Plagiate)
Tue10:00 - 12:0009.01.2024 ZoomAusblick & Fragestunde
Tue10:00 - 11:0016.01.2024 Zoom / TUWELAbschlusstest (Multiple Choice)

Examination modalities

  • A seminar paper to be written according to scientific standards
  • Two multiple choice tests
  • Active participation during the course
  • Internal peer review-procedure

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
09.08.2023 00:01 03.10.2023 09:59 17.10.2023 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 445 Mechanical Engineering Not specified
730 FW Elective Courses - Process Engineering Elective
TRS Transferable Skills Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Passable knowledge of English (for reading small text passages) may be useful.


  • Attendance Required!