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300171 UE Science Writing & Communication (2021W)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since there are more registrations for this course than seats in the seminar room, the preliminary meeting will take place digitally (see online meeting in Moodle). The preliminary meeting will clarify how the rest of the course will be structured.

The course will be held ON-SITE as far as possible, in compliance with current COVID security regulations (see dates/room information above). More information can be found online at "COVID-19 information about university operations". Detailed information about the course schedule and any adjustments that may be necessary will be announced and discussed at the pre-course meeting (October 5, 2021). Prerequisite for participation in the course is a timely online registration. Registered students who are on the waiting list for the course can still advance to the participants list until the first day of the course. The pre-course meeting serves to clarify all open questions (also for students on the waiting list). If necessary, or in the case of high demand (requested via email to the course instructor, stating the course number), digital course participation via Moodle can also be made possible.

  • Tuesday 05.10. 13:00 - 14:00 Digital
  • Tuesday 19.10. 11:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
  • Tuesday 09.11. 11:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
  • Tuesday 23.11. 11:00 - 15:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course teaches the basics of scientific writing and communication in the field of biology. Through comparative analysis of scientific articles (in English), participants will become familiar with their structure and style. The course includes lectures and numerous exercises, which are worked on individually and/or in small groups. Through the practical exercises, the knowledge imparted can be applied to one's own work (e.g., analysis of given scientific texts and text modules; independent writing, revision and optimisation of text examples). After the course, participants should be able to independently write and revise a bachelor's or master's thesis according to the general/international standards of academic writing, publishing and communication.

Assessment and permitted materials

For a positive assessment, attendance and active participation on all three course days is required. Specifically, attendance and active participation in the exercises in the course (50%) and active participation in assignments between the courses (50%) are included in the assessment.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Prerequisite for participation in the course is a timely online registration. A positive assessment requires the timely and complete submission of the exercises in and between the course days. The participants can work on the assignments independently using the documents provided in the course units and via Moodle. They will be actively supported by the course leaders.

Examination topics

The course can be completed positively by completing the exercises within and between the course days in full and on time.

Reading list

To be announced in the course.

Association in the course directory


Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:23