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Module Description

Non-technical Courses for Bachelors

Module Responsibility:

Dagmar Richter

Admission Requirements:


Recommended Previous Knowledge:


Educational Objectives:

Professional Competence

Theoretical Knowledge

The Non-technical Academic Programms (NTA)

imparts skills that, in view of the TUHH’s training profile, professional engineering studies require but are not able to cover fully. Self-reliance, self-management, collaboration and professional and personnel management competences. The department implements these training objectives in its teaching architecture, in its teaching and learning arrangements, in teaching areas and by means of teaching offerings in which students can qualify by opting for specific competences and a competence level at the Bachelor’s or Master’s level. The teaching offerings are pooled in two different catalogues for nontechnical complementary courses.

The Learning Architecture

consists of a cross-disciplinarily study offering. The centrally designed teaching offering ensures that courses in the nontechnical academic programms follow the specific profiling of TUHH degree courses.

The learning architecture demands and trains independent educational planning as regards the individual development of competences. It also provides orientation knowledge in the form of “profiles”

The subjects that can be studied in parallel throughout the student’s entire study program - if need be, it can be studied in one to two semesters. In view of the adaptation problems that individuals commonly face in their first semesters after making the transition from school to university and in order to encourage individually planned semesters abroad, there is no obligation to study these subjects in one or two specific semesters during the course of studies.

Teaching and Learning Arrangements

provide for students, separated into B.Sc. and M.Sc., to learn with and from each other across semesters. The challenge of dealing with interdisciplinarity and a variety of stages of learning in courses are part of the learning architecture and are deliberately encouraged in specific courses.

Fields of Teaching

are based on research findings from the academic disciplines cultural studies, social studies, arts, historical studies, migration studies, communication studies and sustainability research, and from engineering didactics. In addition, from the winter semester 2014/15 students on all Bachelor’s courses will have the opportunity to learn about business management and start-ups in a goal-oriented way.

The fields of teaching are augmented by soft skills offers and a foreign language offer. Here, the focus is on encouraging goal-oriented communication skills, e.g. the skills required by outgoing engineers in international and intercultural situations.

The Competence Level

of the courses offered in this area is different as regards the basic training objective in the Bachelor’s and Master’s fields. These differences are reflected in the practical examples used, in content topics that refer to different professional application contexts, and in the higher scientific and theoretical level of abstraction in the B.Sc.

This is also reflected in the different quality of soft skills, which relate to the different team positions and different group leadership functions of Bachelor’s and Master’s graduates in their future working life.

Specialized Competence (Knowledge)

Students can


Professional Competence (Skills)

In selected sub-areas students can

Personal Competence

Social Competence

Personal Competences (Social Skills)

Students will be able


Personal Competences (Self-reliance)

Students are able in selected areas

ECTS-Credit Points Module:


Workload in Hours:

Independent Study Time: 96, Study Time in Lecture: 84

Course: Academic Research and Writing (Seminar)


Thomas Hapke




Summer and Winter Semester


The seminar offers an introduction into the diverse aspects of academic research and writing: Finding the topic, finding specialized information, knowledge organisation, writing, presenting and publishing. Suggestions for reflecting own processes of learning, informing and writing - in addition to practical recommendations and tips - facilitate the start and the creation of bachelor and master theses, works, which bring thoroughly self-fulfillment and make fun.

Topics of the seminar will be in particular

  • Scientific scholarship and academic research methods:
  • Introduction, organization, attributes of science:
    How is scientific knowledge created?
    Work scheduling, finding topics, time management, specialities of academic research in engineering
  • Finding specialized information: Full texts and library resources, databases http://www.tub.tuhh.de/en … orming-points-to-survive/
  • Reference management: http://www.tub.tuhh.de/en/publishing/reference-management/
    Knowledge organisation and creating publications with Citavi
  • Citing correctly and avoiding plagiarism
  • Preparing and doing presentations
  • Academic writing: Formal and practivcal requirements for academic writing processes in engineering. Why writing? Criteria for good writing, methods of structuring, reading and extracting, revising text
  • Writing with LaTeX (Short introduction)
  • Personality and academic research and writing: Getting confidence and fun to write! Discovering your own type of writer, methods to avoid writer's block (free-writing) and to structure own thoughts (mind-mapping).


  1. Semesterapparat "Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten" in der TU-Bibliothek: http://tinyurl.com/Semesterapparat-Wiss-Arbeiten
  2. Weblog Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten der TU-Bibliothek: https://www.tub.tuhh.de/wissenschaftliches-arbeiten/
  3. Online-Tutorial VISION der TU-Bibliothek zum wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten: https://www.vision.tuhh.de (funktioniert nur mit installiertem Flash)
  4. Andreas Hirsch-Weber, Stefan Scherer: Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten und Abschlussarbeit in Natur- und Ingenieurwissenschaften : Grundlagen, Praxisbeispiele, Übungen. Stuttgart: Ulmer, 2016.
  5. Werner Sesink: Einführung in das wissenschaftliche Arbeiten : inklusive E-Learning, Web-Recherche, digitale Präsentation u.a. 9., aktualisierte Aufl. München : Oldenbourg, 2012.
  6. Judith Theuerkauf: Schreiben im Ingenieurstudium : effektiv und effizient zur Bachelor-, Master- und Doktorarbeit. Paderborn : Schöningh, 2012.
  7. Wolfsberger, Judith: Frei geschrieben : Mut, Freiheit & Strategie für wissenschaftliche Abschlussarbeiten. Wien: Böhlau, 2010
  8. Biedermann, Wieland u.a.: Forschungsmethodik in den Ingenieurwissenschaften : Skript vom Lehrstuhl für Produktentwicklung, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Udo Lindemann, Technische Universität München (TUM), 2012. https://www.mw.tum.de/fil … chungsmethodik_Skript.pdf
  9. Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten - HOOU Angebot der HCU Hamburg: https://blogs.hoou.de/wissarbeiten/
  1. Course Reserves Collection "Scholarly Research Methods" in the TUHH library: http://tinyurl.com/Semesterapparat-Wiss-Arbeiten
  2. Scholarly research methods via TUHH library Website: https://www.tub.tuhh.de/en/scholarly-research-methods/
  3. VISION - Online-Tutorial on research methods by the TUHH library: http://www.vision.tuhh.de (Flash has to be installed)
  4. Scientific papers and presentations / Martha Davis. 3. ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier / Academic Press, 2013. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/book/9780123847270 
  5. Writing for science and engineering : papers, presentations and reports / Heather Silyn-Roberts. 2nd ed. Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2013. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/book/9780080982854
  6. How to research / Loraine Blaxter, Christina Hughes and Malcolm Tight. Maidenhead : Open Univ. Press, 2010.
  7. Managing information for research : practical help in researching, writing and designing dissertations / Elizabeth Orna and Graham Stevens. Maidenhead : Open University Press McGraw-Hill, 2009.
  8. Writing scientific research articles : strategy and steps / Margaret Cargill and Patrick O’Connor. Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.


Written elaboration

ECTS-Credit Points Course: