Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Seminar Master Thesis

Degree programme Sustainable Energy Systems
Subject area Engineering Technology
Type of degree Master
Winter Semester 2023
Course unit title Seminar Master Thesis
Course unit code 072722030401
Language of instruction German, English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2023
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Steffen FINCK, Claudia FRANCESCHINI, Babette HEBENSTREIT, Helene HELLER-KÜNZ, Karin KALTENBRUNNER, Peter KEPPLINGER, Anna KNORR, Alexander MURR
Requirements and Prerequisites


Course content

Students are enabled to practice the planning of a scientific thesis using the practical example of their own master's thesis and to reflect with both peers and experienced lecturers. In particular, students are provided with the opportunity to gain greater clarity about their own work and to take up valuable suggestions.

  • Presentation of context and motivation
  • Requirements for a research question
  • Research of the current state of literature
  • Selection of appropriate research methods
  • Creating a seminar paper
  • Preparation of a schedule for the execution of the master thesis
Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the students developed a question for their Master's thesis and embedded it in the state of the art through literature research. The students

  • can research scientific literature in a limited field and check its relevance.
  • can prepare this literature in the form of a coherent text.
  • are able to identify existing gaps in knowledge / research needs in a limited task area.
  • can develop a topic for their master thesis and the associated research question on the basis of their own interests, the research interests of cooperation partners (e.g. companies or research centres) and the identified gaps in knowledge.
  • are able to present and defend their research question to others.
  • are able to identify suitable research methods to answer the research question.
  • are able to plan the scientific research work and can set up a schedule for the execution of their master thesis.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • Team coaching and discussion
  • Presentations
  • Short knowledge transfer courses
Assessment methods and criteria
  • Seminar paper
  • Presentation


Recommended or required reading
  • FH Vorarlberg (o. J.): Schreibzentrum: Vermittlung von Informations- und Schreibkompetenz als Schlüsselkompetenz für Lebenslanges Lernen. Online im Internet: URL: (Zugriff am: 03.09.2019).
  • Stock, Steffen u.a. (Hrsg.) (2018): Erfolgreich wissenschaftlich arbeiten: alles, was Studierende wissen sollten. 2., vollständig überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage. Berlin, Germany: Springer Gabler.
  • Ahrens, Volker (2014): Abschlussarbeiten richtig gliedern: in Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Wirtschaft. Zürich: vdf, Hochschulverl. an der ETH (= UTB Schlüsselkompetenzen).
  • Karmasin, Matthias; Ribing, Rainer (2017): Die Gestaltung wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten: ein Leitfaden für Facharbeit/VWA, Seminararbeiten, Bachelor-, Master-, Magister- und Diplomarbeiten sowie Dissertationen. 9., überarbeitete und aktualisierte Auflage. Wien: Facultas (= UTB Schlüsselkompetenzen).
  • Raimes, Ann; Miller-Cochran, Susan K. (2018): Keys for writers. Eighth edition. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
  • Schimel, Joshua (2012): Writing science: how to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded. Oxford New York Auckland Cape Town Dar es Salaam Hong Kong Karachi Kuala Lumpur Madrid Melbourne Mexico City Nairobi New Delhi
Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Presence course with obligatory attendance