Techniques of scientific work (VÜ)


Course lecturer:

 Sylvia Kaap-Fröhlich
Course numberB3.00000.80.330
Course codeTWA
Semester of degree program Semester 2
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits1,0
Language of instruction German

Students are able to search for literature in a targeted and efficient manner and to document, systematize and present the research accordingly. They can develop a question and derive appropriate hypotheses. Various techniques of reading, understanding and preparing scientific texts, various forms of scientific publications and their contribution to gaining insights are known to them. They are qualified to critically review sources (focus on the internet), are familiar with the usual citation rules and able to implement them correctly.

  • Literature research, presentation and demonstration of relevant databases (Pubmed, PsycInfo, Science Direct), search strategies, documentation (literature management programs) and presentation
  • Possibilities for processing and cataloguing literature
  • Development of a question / hypothesis and evaluation of research ideas according to scientific (operationalization) and ethical criteria (ethics guidelines)
  • Structure of scientific texts
  • Introduction of reading techniques ("fast reading") as well as reflection on the own reading style, dealing with English texts
  • Presentation of different types of publications (technical dictionaries, manuals, meta-analyzes, reviews ...) and their significance for gaining scientific knowledge
  • Criteria for assessing the quality of publications (excursus: impact factor, publication bias), especially with regard to online sources
  • Citation rules, formal requirements

APA (2009), Mastering APA Style: Instructor's Resource Guide, Washington, DC: American Psychological Association;
Boeglin M. (2012), Wissenschaftlich arbeiten Schritt für Schritt. Gelassen und effektiv studieren, Wilhelm Fink;
Bortz J. & Döring N. (2006), Forschungsmethoden und Evaluation für Human- und Sozialwissenschaftler, Springer;
DGPs (2019), Richtlinien zur Manuskriptgestaltung, Hogrefe;
Lackner C. & Caspar W. (2007), Medizinische Terminologie: Lehr- und Arbeitsbuch, Thieme;
Books, journals and websites according to the current state of knowledge in the respective fields.