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

Degree programme: Bachelor Mechatronics Part-time
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2021

Course unit title Reading, Research and Writing Skills
Course unit code 024525216101
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2021
Teaching hours per week 1
Year of study 2021
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 2
Name of lecturer(s) Roland PETERSTORFER

Prerequisites and co-requisites

English to a GSCE/Matura/Abitur level. Ideally, the whole seminar will be conducted in English, for which a good English lexicon and a good command of English grammar would be a major advantage.

Course content

- This course uses Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) to combine a basic knowledge of the interdisciplinary subject of Science and Technology Studies (STS) with the acquisition of research and reading abilities. - In the research skills section of the course, the focus is on conducting research in catalogues, databanks and the internet, and on documenting research results. - The reading skills taught in the course include speed reading techniques and the handling of unfamiliar vocabulary. - The structural features of scientific texts will be examined in order for them to be incorporated into the students own writing.

Learning outcomes

- Extensive  reading  in  English  English will increase students reading  and listening comprehension skills  and  their  understanding  of  text structure,  as  well  as  introduce  and  consolidate several basic techniques  of  scientific work. - The students  will develop subject-specific research and mentation skills which they can use in subsequent semesters and professionally. - The students have an overview of issues which arise from the interweaving of society and technology. - The students are able to research and document specialist texts on the subject of STS (Society and Technology Studies), understand them quickly and accurately and give them a general classification, and to critically examine them.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Research and reading assignments, written and oral exercises in the seminar. Blooms taxonomy of the aims of cognitive learning is central to the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

Continuous assessment of research, reading and writing assignments plus a written test OR a written assignment at the end of term (to be announced). In case of failure, there will be either a second written test/deadline for the assignment. The maximum possible mark for the second test/the assignment will, however, only be 70% of the original score. In case of failure of the second test/the assignment, there will be a "kommissionelle Prüfung" - an oral exam on the entire content of the seminar, with a panel of three examiners present.


Not applicable

Recommended or required reading

A research bibliography and compulsory reading material in the form of handouts/course reader will be provided.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face to face. Compulsory attendance - 2 missed seminars allowed. For every further missed seminar, students will be asked to hand in a compensatory assignment, usually in the form of the missed seminars worksheet.