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Introduction to Academic and Research Skills

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Introduction to Academic and Research Skills
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Social work and early childhood, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2017
Module code: BSP-1
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
2V+2U (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: 1
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
BSP-1.1: Module work (MA) (bn)
BSP-1.2: /

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

BSP-1 (P322-0017) Social work and early childhood, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2017 , semester 1, mandatory course
BSP-1 (P322-0017) Social work and early childhood, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019 , semester 1, mandatory course
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Dieter Filsinger

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Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this course, students will:
-        be able to describe the university as an environment and organization.
-        be able to name and identify basic epistemological approaches and paradigms, as well as types of (empirical) research.
-        be able to distinguish between and classify theory, empiricism and practice, as well as their rationalities and different forms of knowledge.
-        be able to differentiate between scientific and non-scientific texts according to specific criteria.
-        have developed a general understanding of scientific work, thinking and reasoning.
In addition, students will:
-        be able to work with relevant scientific literature (literature research, citing correctly, bibliographies and references, terminology, etc.).
-        be able to describe the process and techniques involved in scientific work (from the formulating a problem to creating and presenting texts).
-        be able to apply the basics of scientific writing and write their first scientific texts.
-        be able to incorporate the principles of scientific work into their presentations.

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Module content:
_        Universities in the educational and scientific system
_        Science and life, forms of knowledge
_        Theory, empiricism, practice
_        Discipline and profession
_        Paradigms and theoretical traditions
_        Epistemology and the philosophy of science
_        Types of research
_        Philosophy and the structure of the study program
_        Principles, methods and techniques of scientific work
_        Structuring your studies (e.g. time management)
_        Literature research (databases, library), creating a bibliography, excerpting
_        Organizing, analyzing and creating texts (outlines, questions, exposés, summaries, theses)
_        References and bibliographies
_        Speeches using media/presentation methods.

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Teaching methods/Media:
Lecture, exercises, work in small groups, independent study

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Recommended or required reading:

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