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Academic Writing

level of course unit

2. Study cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

The students:
• understand how the state of research on a particular topic is determined.
• know different methods for answering research questions.
• have an overview of where to research which specialist literature and how to evaluate it as well as how it is used appropriately in the text (critical reflection, citation style).
• have the knowledge to write an academic paper at the level of a Master thesis according to given formal specifica-tions.

prerequisites and co-requisites


course contents

• Characteristics, rules and basic features of science and scientific work
• Scientific theory and methodology of scientific research
• Overview of databases and other ways to find literature sources
• Formal standards of scientific work
• Planning of research processes
• Quality assurance

recommended or required reading

• Gill, John; Johnson, Phil: Research Methods for Managers. Sage (latest edition)
• Hofmann, Angelika H.: Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations. Oxford University Press (latest edition)
• Oshima, Alice; Hogue, Ann: Writing academic English. Pearson (latest edition)
• Skren, Timothy: Writing Scientific English: A Workbook. Facultas (latest edition)

assessment methods and criteria

Online tasks, exam

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


eLearning quota in percent


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Blended Learning

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Prof. (FH) Dr. Peter Dietrich

course unit code


type of course unit

integrated lecture

mode of delivery


work placement(s)