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300249 SE Scientific working skills for the bachelor thesis (2016S)

3.00 ECTS (3.00 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. 40 participants
Language: German



Preparatory meeting: Monday March 7, 2016 4 p.m., attendance compulsory,
Large seminar room at the Dept. of Anthropology (Room 2.001), UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien.

Thereafter weekly: on Mondays 4:05 p.m. - 6 p.m., Large seminar room at the Dept. of Anthropology (Room 2.001), UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien.
Attendance compulsory!


Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of this seminar is to learn about and practice fundamental aspects of scientific work with regard to the formal structure of a bachelor thesis.

Contents: There will be one special topic for each unit.
For example:
-- Principles of scientific work, ethics
-- Search for literature (Where? How?) and criteria for quality assurance (several topics)
-- Formal structure of a scientific publication and thesis (several topics)
-- Layout and aesthetics
-- Figures & tables
-- Citations and references
Popular software for word processing, and management of the literature and citations.

Methods: supervised literature search in relation to the specific topics, the students acquire knowledge with regard to a topic and share this knowledge via an oral presentation (20 minutes) and handouts, finally there will be a short lecture focusing on the most relevant points.

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance, active participation (questions and discussion after the presentations), oral presentation including slides and handouts, tests and quizzes.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

A minimum of 51 points is required for the successful completion of the course. The single components are weighted as follows: attendance (10 points), oral presentation (30 points) with handouts (20 points), two interim tests (Citations, Abstract => 20 points each).

Examination topics

Continuous assessment of course work (prüfungsimmanent)!

Reading list

Balzert H, Schröder M, Schäfer C (2011) Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten, 2. Auflage, W3L AG, Dortmund.
Knisely K (2013). A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology, 4th edition, Sinauer Associates, MA.
Kremer B P (2014) Vom Referat bis zur Examensarbeit: Naturwissenschaftliche Texte perfekt verfassen und gestalten, 4. Auflage, Springer Spektrum, Berlin.
Lamprecht J (1999) Biologische Forschung: Von der Planung bis zur Publikation. Filander Verlag, Fürth.
Weber D (2014) Die erfolgreiche Abschlussarbeit. 2. Auflage, Wiley, Weinheim.

Further literature will be provided via handouts and the elearning platform Moodle.

Association in the course directory

BAN 4, B-BAN 6

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