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Um allen Angehörigen der Universität Wien einen guten und sicheren Semesterbeginn zu ermöglichen, gibt es von Samstag, 18. September, bis Montag, 20. September die Möglichkeit einer COVID-19-Impfung ohne Terminvereinbarung am Campus der Universität Wien. Details unter https://www.univie.ac.at/ueber-uns/weitere-informationen/coronavirus/.

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301282 VO Essential scientific writing (2021S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


Sprache: Englisch



Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

UPDATE (26.03.2021): due to the current situation, it is highly likely that the lecture course will happen IN DIGITAL (ONLINE) FORMAT ONLY; additional information will be sent out to the registered course participants at least 14 days prior to course begin via email.

Beginn: 26.4.2021
Termine: 09:00-10:30 Uhr
26.4; 28.4; 30.4; 03.5; 05.5; 07.5; 10.5; 12.5; 17.5; 19.5; 21.5; 26.5; 31.5.2021

COVID19 note: the lectures are planned to be held in a HYBRID form (simultaneously online and on site). Maximal number of on-site participants in Seminar rooms 1/2 is 30; participation on-site requires registration on course Moodle page 5 days prior to the lecture.

Assessment is based on the results of the written exam at the end of the lecture series allowing participants to gain a maximum of 100 percentage points. English grammar is NOT graded. Active participation in the course (documented through submission of at least 7 (seven) low-stakes non-graded written assignments on the course Moodle pages before the 1st exam date) will count as a maximal of 15% bonus points towards the final exam. Assignments submitted after 09:00 on 28.5.2021 will not count towards the bonus points.

Montag 26.04. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Mittwoch 28.04. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Freitag 30.04. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Montag 03.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Mittwoch 05.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Freitag 07.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Montag 10.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Mittwoch 12.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Freitag 14.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Montag 17.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Mittwoch 19.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Freitag 21.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Mittwoch 26.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Freitag 28.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Montag 31.05. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Modern science requires young scientists to have efficient communication skills; yet, only a few programs offer formal training in scientific writing and presentation. This lack of training leads to awkward project reports and theses, poor grades, failed fellowship applications and rejected manuscripts. The proposed course aims to improve students’ competence in scientific writing. The topics covered include: structure of a scientific argument, elements of scientific manuscripts and their function, storyline development, planning, drafting and revision, English usage, introduction to publishing process, scientific illustrations and essential presentation skills. The course will help students learn and apply the principles of efficient communication to writing project reports, Master- and PhD theses, project proposals and fellowship applications as well as provide practical tips for everyday writing and presentation tasks (writing protocols, lab notes, emails, preparing group meetings, journal clubs, etc). These skills are practiced through lectures, reading additional course materials, open discussions and simple, low-stake writing assignments.
The course is primarily aimed at students in the area of basic biomedical research (biochemistry, molecular cell biology, structural biology, biophysics and the like), though the students of other natural sciences are welcome to attend.
The course consists of a series of lectures with several short writing ("low-stakes writing assignments") and discussion and presentation phases, optional written assignments (submitted via Moodle) and the final written exam

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

In SS 2020: due to the Covid-19 measures the exam are held in digital form.
Written exam on selected topics (in English). English grammar not graded.
Completion of >75% of the (optional) writing assignments on the Moodle BEFORE the 1st exam date boosts the final grade by 1 point (e.g., from "2" from the exam grade to a final "1" grade). These bonus points are described in the Moodle and can be used until the end of WS2020.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

To attain the pass grade, more than 50% points are necessary. Grading scheme: 1 (excellent): 85-100%; 2 (good): 75-84.99%; 3 (satisfactory): 65-74.99%; 4 (sufficient): 50-64.99%; 5 (not sufficient): <50%


The nature of scientific problems
Structure of a scientific argument
Scientific literature
Elements of research manuscripts and their functions
Planning, drafting and editing
Making research public
Scientific illustrations
Scientific presentations
Project proposals


All literature below and mentioned on the course Moodle pages is OPTIONAL:

* Writing Science: How To Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded by Joshua Schimel (2012) Oxford University Press; ISBN 978-019976024-4
* The Craft of Research by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb and Joseph M. Williams, 3rd ed. (2008) university of Chicago Press; ISBN 978-022606566-3
* Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers by Mimi Zeiger (2000) McGraw-Hill Education; ISBN 978-007134544-6

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis


Letzte Änderung: Do 29.04.2021 08:48