Seminar Wiss. Arb.

WS or SS 2.0 h (3.0 ECTS), 180.765

Teaching Staff
Stefan Ohrhallinger (organizer)
Michael Wimmer

Course Information and NEWS

REGISTRATION: Please register in TISS before the initial meeting. You will be enrolled in the seminar if you submit a list of literature covering your chosen topic until 27.03.2017.

INITIAL MEETING: (Vorbesprechung) for SS 2017 is on Thursday 02.03.2017 10:00 - 11:00 in the seminar room of the institute 186 (Favoritenstr. 9-11/5.floor), where also research topics are presented and assigned. Slides of that meeting are available here

FIRST PART OF COURSE: From Friday 03.03.2017 - 10.03.2017 you have to attend three lectures including an exam, which has to be passed in order to continue with the second part listed here. That first part is organized separately and identical across the institutes, please refer to the TISS course page for all information.

COMMUNICATION: please use e-mail. Updates during the course are sent via email.

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Course Outline


The goal of this seminar is to write and present a state of the art report. A member of the teaching staff will guide and help students in acquiring the scientific material and writing the report. The students are also expected to present their work in a 15 minutes talk.

Tasks for the students:

Teaching staff will evaluate and grade students based on the following output:
  • A list of literature that a student intends to review. This document will be regarded as an official seminar registration of the student.
  • Attendance of the lectures "Forschung und wie sie funktioniert" by Professor Eduard Gröller, the lecture "Wie halte ich einen Vortrag" by Professor Werner Purgathofer, and the lecture "Wie schreibt man eine wissenschaftliche Arbeit" by Professor Michael Wimmer. You can ask for a waiver in case you have already attended one of these talks.
  • A written state of the art report in the form of a scientific paper. We strongly encourage that the reports are composed in LaTeX. The report must have a minimum of 8 written pages (16 pages for groups of two students). The preferred language is English.
  • A 15 minutes presentation in English followed by a 5 minutes discussion.
  • Active discussion participation is expected after the presentation of other students.

Important Dates: (s.t. = sin tempore = punctual, c.t. = cum tempore = 15 minuten later):

  • 02.03.2017: Initial meeting at 10:00 - 11:00 in the seminar room of the institute 186 (Favoritenstr. 9-11 / 5.floor). In this meeting the research topics will be presented and assigned to individual students or groups of students.
  • 03.-10.03.2017: Lectures and exam of first part, see TISS course page
  • 27.03.2017: Submit list of literature. This will be regarded as the official seminar registration.
  • Attend the following lectures in the seminar room of the institute 186 (Favoritenstr. 9-11 / 5.floor:
    • 05.04.2017 11:15 - 13:00 (s.t.): "Wie schreibt man eine wissenschaftliche Arbeit", by Professor Wimmer
    • 26.04.2017 15:15 - 16:45 (s.t.): "Forschung und wie sie funktioniert", by Professor Gröller
    • 16.05.2017 15:15 - 16:45 (s.t.): "Wie halte ich einen Vortrag", by Professor Purgathofer
  • 08.05.2017: Submit a report draft.
  • 15.05.2017: You will receive a report from another student for review with this review form.
  • 22.05.2017: Submit the completed review to your supervisor and the organizer.
  • 29.05.2017: You will receive two reviews of your draft (one from your supervisor and one from another student). Use the information provided in the reviews to update your report accordingly.
  • 27.06.2017: Submit the slides for your presentation. The slides should be in Open-Office or Power-Point format. The slides will be copied on the presentation machine in the seminar-room. No own devices will be allowed.
  • 28.06.2017: Talks will be held from 10:00 - 12:00 (changed) in the Besprechungsraum HA 05 09 (not the seminar room, as usual!) of the institute 186 (Favoritenstr. 9-11 / 5.floor): Facing the door of the secretariat, turn right twice, it is located almost at the end of that corridor. Presence of the students is mandatory.
  • 28.06.2017: Submit your final report.

Grading Criteria

Part 1 (the common part across all institutes) has to be passed and constitutes 17% of the grade. Part 2 (on this page) constitutes the remaining 83% of the grade and is itself split as follows:
  • The quality of the written report is worth 40% of the grade
  • The quality of the talk is worth 30% of the grade
  • The quality of the review is worth 20% of the grade
  • Active discussion participation is worth 5% of the grade
  • Attendance during the lectures is worth 5% of the grade


All the literature that is reviewed during the seminar has to be placed in the reference section of the report. You can have further information about referencing and examples of what is plagiarism here. We are all expected to abide by professional scientific ethics and make sure that the work is not plagiarized in any sense.

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