Students at the TUM School of Engineering and Design have the opportunity to enrol in various courses related to scientific working and writing in this subject area. The aim is always to strengthen competences in the scientific context with regard to one's own scientific projects such as bachelor's, semester or master's theses.

For this purpose, students can choose from a range of courses at different levels. The Center of Key Competencies coordinates these with various actors at TUM and offers lectures, seminars and e-learning opportunities.

The range of topics

  • Characteristics and requirements of good scientific practice: Students will learn which guidelines apply to ensure good scientific practice at TUM and which quality standards must be met for their own scientific work.

  • Structure and planning of scientific papers and time management: Students will acquire the skills needed to structure scientific work (theses and scientific papers) within an engineering framework. In addition, the students will learn about the different writing and working phases of a scientific paper and how they can structure and realistically manage their time according to these phases. Writing an exposé serves as an effective tool for structuring the subject topics and refining research questions and methodologies.

  • Design of experiments and evaluation: Students can dig into the scientific fundamentals of experimental design including different types such as experiment, simulation, and design. For example, you will learn about the differences between experiments in mechanical engineering and other disciplines. You will also learn strategies for handling and analyzing the collected data.

  • Scientific writing in German and English: The aim of these courses is to improve your scientific language and to develop scientific arguments. The structured development of arguments, the hypotheses formulation, the improvement of your writing style as well as tips on how to avoid unconscious manipulation are the contents of the courses.

  • Literature management, literature research, citation: Students will receive guidance on accurately citing scientific sources and expand their knowledge of successful literature research. They can also learn how to select suitable and high-quality literature and discover where to access these resources within the university libraries or in databases.

  • Developing and implementing research ideas and dealing with patents: In e-learning, students will receive input on how to develop research ideas and how to proceed in turning them into reality. In addition, e-learning teaches how to deal with patents.

  • Presentation of research results: In this section, students can develop their skills in presenting research results. Offers range from a classic presentation to a pitch to a poster presentation.

  • Dealing with writing problems: Students learn how to tackle challenges in the academic writing process and gain insights on how to overcome writing and work blocks that may occur, or how to solve motivation problems. For example, through the targeted use of creativity techniques..

Registration

Please register for the respective event on TUM Online.

We recommend that you attend the event before starting your thesis.

Courses offered in the current semester

Seminars and lectures on academic work
TitleTarget group

Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten - Grundlagen (ZSK)

Alle Studierende der SoED

Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten - Grundlagen Kompaktworkshop (ZSK)

Alle Studierende der SoED

Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten - Aufbau (ZSK)

Alle Studierende der SoED

Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten - Aufbau Kompaktworkshop (ZSK)

Alle Studierende der SoED

 
Speziell für Maschinenwesen
Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten - Grundlagen MW (ZSK)Maschinenwesen BA Studierende
Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten - Aufbau MW (ZSK)Maschinenwesen MA Studierende


Information about the coursework is given in the first course meeting. This involves writing an exposé. For example, at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, this is obligatory for all students according to the study regulations.

  • The exposé is considered a planning tool for your thesis and therefore must be written at the beginning of your thesis.
  • Download the exposé template to create your own.

Here you can get the templates for the exposé and the templates for the bachelor's and master's thesis:

German:

Vorlage Exposé zur Bachelorthesis

Vorlage Exposé zur Masterthesis

English:

Template proposal bachelor's thesis

Template proposal master's thesis

LaTeX:

Vorlage Latex


Information on the submission of exposés:

  • Have your exposé checked by your supervisor at the department (usually by a doctoral student) to ensure correctness of content, coverage of the topic, selection of suitable research methods and obtain their signature.
  • Send the exposé signed by you and your supervisor via post to the ZSK (Boltzmannstraße 15, 85748 Garching) or hand it in at the letter box (next to room 0029)
  • It is then checked by the ZSK staff for formal correctness.
  • In the Department of Mechanical Engineering: Please note that you will only receive your ECTS in connection with the thesis. 
  • You can submit the exposé at any time. Please note the following deadlines: (1. February; 1. April; 1. June; 1. August; 1. October; 1. December). Register for the corresponding examination. In TUM-Online, the current deadline is always open for registration. The registration for the examination is independent of the registration for the course.
  • Then register for the examination if you want to hand in your exposé. You can attend the course beforehand (if desired) in another semester. Attendance of the seminar and submission of the coursework are not necessarily linked.
  • The coursework is recorded as passed/not passed by the end of the respective semester.



Overview of lectures:

In summer semester 2024 we offer the following lectures (basic and advanced). You can register for the lectures (see registration). If you are interested in individual topics, you are welcome to come without registering. Please send a short e-mail to zsk@ed.tum.de  and we will send you the ZOOM access link.


Most lectures will be held in german as shown below.


GRUNDLAGEN

18.04.2024

10:00 Uhr bis 12:00 Uhr

Einführung in das wissenschaftliche Arbeiten

25.04.2024

10:00 Uhr bis 12:00 Uhr

Versuchsplanung

02.05.2024

10:00 Uhr bis 11:30 Uhr

Der wissenschaftliche Schreibprozess

16.05.2024

10:00 Uhr bis 11:30 Uhr

Betreuungssuche

23.05.2024

10:00 Uhr bis 11:30 Uhr

Zitation in der wissenschaftlichen Arbeit

06.06.2024

10:00 Uhr bis 11:30 Uhr

Wissenschaftliches Schreiben

13.06.2024

10:00 Uhr bis 11:30 Uhr

Zeit- und Projektmanagement

20.06.2024

10:00 Uhr bis 11:30 Uhr

Recherchestrategien

27.06.2024

10:00 Uhr bis 11:30 Uhr

Strukturierung der wissenschaftlichen Arbeit

04.07.2024

10:00 Uhr bis 11:30 Uhr

Umgang mit Schreibblockaden

11.07.2024

10:00 Uhr bis 11:30 Uhr

Präsentieren der Ergebnisse

18.07.2024

14:00 Uhr bis 16:30 Uhr

Wissenschaftlich Schreiben auf Englisch

 

AUFBAU

18.04.2024

14:00 Uhr bis 16:00 Uhr

Einführung in das Wissenschaftliche Arbeiten und die Exposéerstellung

25.04.2024

14:00 Uhr bis 16:00 Uhr

Wissenschaftliches Schreiben

02.05.2024

14:00 Uhr bis 16:00 Uhr

Paper für die eigene wiss. Arbeit nutzen und Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse in Paper darstellen

16.05.2024

14:00 Uhr bis 16:00 Uhr

Wissenschaftsethik

 

23.05.2024

14:00 Uhr bis 16:00 Uhr

Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten in englischer Sprache

06.06.2024

14:00 Uhr bis 16:00 Uhr

Wissenschaftliches Präsentieren und Postererstellung

Contact

Amelie Zauner M.A.
Bolzmannstraße 15
85748 Garching

Tel. +49 89 289 15612
amelie.zauner@tum.de

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