731130 Basic techniques of scientific working

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Braito, Michael , Laister, Günther , Wachter, Magdalena , Kniepert, Martin , Schauppenlehner-Kloyber, Maria Elisabeth , Altenbuchner, Christine , Wytrzens, Hans Karl
Offered in
Sommersemester 2022
Languages of instruction


Basics of epistemology and theory of cognition
•Nature of science, characteristics and criteria of scientificity
•Logics and causality
•Induction and deduction
•Heuristics and hermeneutics
•Empiricism and experimentalism
•Verification and falsification
Mainstreams in den philosophy of science
•Critical rationalism
The research process
•Choice of theme (topic)
•Literature research
•Structuring the topic
•Scientific writing and citations
•Designing tables and figures
Types of scientific work

Previous knowledge expected

Basic knowledge on high school level

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

•Impart a general view on methods of gain in knowledge
•Instruct students how to practically carry out scientific research
•Train students to acquire expressiveness and verbal skills as well as methodologically sound working ability

At the end of the course students are able to
•understand different epistemological theses and have a general view on categories and methods of scientific work,
•use different methods of gain in knowledge and procedures of literature research competently,
•quote and create tables and figures in a professional manner,
•recognise scientific misconduct and react to it adequately,
•describe characteristic scientific career paths as they are familiar with organisational structures in science and academia,
•plan and implement scientific work (publications, seminar, bachelor and master theses),
•isolate research themes and questions,
•read scientific work critically as well as to formulate and layout such texts themselves,
•design scientific posters and present scientific contents.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.