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Academic Research

level of course unit


Learning outcomes of course unit

Graduates are able to:
- formulate research questions in an appropriate way.
- plan methods to answer research questions.
- research, evaluate and cite from specialist literature.
- carry out and complete a relatively short piece of academic writing of intermediate complexity.

prerequisites and co-requisites


course contents

This introduction to academic working methods principally aims to raise students’ awareness of characteristics, rules and essential features of the academic world and academic work. In this context the focus is placed on learning and understanding deductive and inductive methods and empirical procedures for the acquisition of knowledge.
Students receive instructions on how to write seminar theses on their own and in line with common standards of academic writing. This preparation includes both guidance on how to use literature as well as discussions on the issue of quality in academic papers, focusing in particular on intellectual honesty and intersubjective comprehensibility.

recommended or required reading

- Bänsch, Axel: Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten: Seminar- und Diplomarbeiten. - München [u.a.]: Oldenbourg, 2009
- Chalmers, Alan: Wege der Wissenschaft.- Berlin; Heidelberg: Springer, 2007
- Eco, Umberto: Wie man eine wissenschaftliche Abschlussarbeit schreibt.- UTB Facultas Universitätsverlag, 2010
- Karmasin, Matthias; Ribing, Rainer. Die Gestaltung wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten. 6. Auflage, facultas.wuv / UTB, Wien, 2011.
- Leopold-Wildburger, Ulrika; Schütze, Jörg. Verfassen und Vortragen: Wissenschaftliche Arbeiten und Vorträge leicht gemacht. Springer, Berlin et al., 2002

assessment methods and criteria

Academic homework assignment

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


eLearning quota in percent


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture with discussion and examples

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Prof. (FH) Dr. Mario Döller

year of study


recommended optional program components


course unit code


type of course unit

integrated lecture

mode of delivery


work placement(s)

not applicable