Academic Skills (SE)


Course lecturer:

FH-Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. (FH)

 Günther Grabner , Ph.D.

Course numberM2.08860.10.061
Course codeAS
Semester of degree program Semester 1
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits5,0
Language of instruction English

Students are able to use basic management tools for discussion & moderation within learning and project teams.
They are knowledgeable concerning key concepts, instruments and methods for structural time & resource project planning.
They apply good scientific writing and style principles in their reports, know the format of a scientific paper, the process of peer review and are skilled in the art of professional presentation in front of an academic or industrial audience.

· Scientific writing & style

    • Structure of a scientific argument
    • Evidence, reasons, warrants and claims
    • Elements of a manuscript / paper
    • Citing references
    • The publishing and review process
· Presentation skills, discussion & moderation
    • Basics structure for delivering effective presentations
    • Presenting through voice, body language and audience engagement
    • Use visual aids
· Project Management
    • Initiation process
    • Project charter and project boundaries
    • Scope planning, time scheduling,
    • Resource and cost planning
    • Project organisation & task distribution
    • Overview about risk management in projects
    • Start-up process

Course materials as provided in the seminar (required)
C. Atkinson, "Corporate Energy: How to Engage and Inspire Audiences Paperback", New Leadership Press, 2016
A.T. Cobbams, "The Basics of Project Management and Team Leadership" Sage Publications Inc., 2011
Schimel J., "Writing science : how to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded" Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2012

Interactive seminar - discussion, demonstration, case study, student presentations

Immanent examination character,
to successfully complete this course students must:

  • Attend the course
  • Participate in group works and projects
  • Prepare and present a
    • technical presentation
    • documentation of their project plan within a group
  • give a final presentation and report