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

Degree programme: Bachelor Mechatronics Fulltime
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2022

Course unit title Reading, Research and Writing Skills
Course unit code 024515016101
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week 1
Year of study 2022
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 2
Name of lecturer(s) Claudia FRANCESCHINI, Roland PETERSTORFER

Prerequisites and co-requisites

English at Matura/Abitur level (middle to upper B1 according to CEFR). Since the whole seminar is conducted in English, a fair knowledge of English vocabulary and expressions and a good command of English grammar is a major advantage.

Course content

Various topics from the fields of technology and science will be used as a basis for reading and writing tasks which will be learnt, practised and consolidated. The structural features of scientific texts will be examined in order for them to be incorporated into the students own writing.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to identify and understand the organizational patterns of concise and coherent paragraphs written in academic English. The will also be able to use the linguistics means to create conciseness and coherence in their own writing. They will be able to use selected readings critically and carry out independent research for their written assignments. By practising the structure of a 5 paragraph essay, they will also be able to use this genre for a variety of purposes in their future career.

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

Two short written assignments during the semester and a written exam at the end.


English is the language that students should also use when communicating with the lecturer, also in emails and other written communication. 

Recommended or required reading

A research bibliography and compulsory reading material in the form of handouts will be provided. This material will also be on ILIAS.

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

Face to face. Writing workshops and team work. Compulsory attendance.