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Scientific work

level of course unit

second cycle Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

Students are familiar with the methods of empirical social research, their strengths and weaknesses and application areas. They also learn to correctly analyze and evaluate data. Furthermore, they are able to independently prepare and correctly structure complex research work in terms of methodology.

prerequisites and co-requisites

Basic features and techniques of scientific work (bachelor level)

course contents

Students gain consolidating knowledge in the area of scientific work and are able to develop complex scientific questions as well as create and check research designs, which implies an advanced level of structure and content as well as of form and language.

The practical development of the aforementioned knowledge prepares students both formally and methodologically for the writing of a master thesis – exposition and critical questioning of the scientific methodology of the master thesis are also taken into account. Possible topics and hypotheses are discussed in order to support students in their search for relevant and highly qualitative research areas.

recommended or required reading

- Ebster, C., & Stalzer, L. (2017): Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschafter. Semester 5 Auflage, WUV
- Franck, N. (2017): Handbuch Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten. 3. Auflage, UTB Verlag

assessment methods and criteria

Seminar work

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


eLearning quota in percent


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Seminar, group work, presentation and task discussion

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Prof. (FH) Dr. Wolfgang Reitberger

year of study

1. year of studies

recommended optional program components

not applicable

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type of course unit


mode of delivery


work placement(s)

not applicable