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300249 SE Scientific working skills for the bachelor thesis (2020S)

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


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

On Mondays 4.30 p.m. until 7 p.m., Large Seminar Room of the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, kick-off meeting and first class: March, 2.
Those who do not attend, will be deregistered so that students from the waiting list succeed.

Monday 02.03. 16:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum (Kickoff Class)
Monday 09.03. 16:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum
Monday 16.03. 16:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum
Monday 23.03. 16:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum
Monday 30.03. 16:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum
Monday 20.04. 16:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum
Monday 27.04. 16:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum
Monday 04.05. 16:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum
Monday 11.05. 16:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum
Monday 18.05. 16:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum
Monday 25.05. 16:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum
Monday 08.06. 16:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum
Monday 15.06. 16:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum
Monday 22.06. 16:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum
Monday 29.06. 16:30 - 19:00 Seminarraum


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 and scientific writing writing in the natural sciences.

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 (approx. 15 minutes) and handouts, finally there will be a short lecture focusing on the most relevant points, hands-on training (your laptop, computer rooms).

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance, active participation, oral presentation including slides and handouts, exercises.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance of more than 80% of the courses and a minimum of 51 points are required for the successful completion of the course. The single components are weighted as follows: attendance and discussions (10 points), oral presentation (30 points) with handouts (20 points), two pieces of homework (Citations, Abstract => 20 points each).
If good scientific practice is violated in any assessment, you will fail to pass the course.

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 on the elearning platform Moodle.

Association in the course directory


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