The topic of this seminar is sustainable logistics. Detailed information on the topics is provided in the first session, while the assignment of topics will take place in the second session.
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After passing this seminar, students should be able to:
- Define, structure and solve research problems in the field of sustainable logistics.
- Define a research question for this purpose.
- Prepare, present and discuss a research proposal including structure and research design.
- Identify, classify and use references appropriately to answer the research question.
- Select the appropriate research and analysis methodology.
- Write, present and argue the indepently written scientific paper including research results.
Additionally, students should gain the following capabilities:
- Social competence, communication with lecturers and other students.
- Ability to decide independently based on acquired knowledge.
- Presentation skill in front of a professional audience.
- Time management, organisation skills and goal-orientation.
- Assess the quality of scientific papers in a structured way.
Lectures start punctually. Attendance in the first lecture is mandatory for the participation in the course. If an absence cannot be avoided inform the lecturers per email before class and provide some form of proof for the absence (e.g. medical confirmation) in the next session. In total, a minimum requirement for attendance of 80% is required to pass the course.
If the attendance falls below 80% for students receiving partial credit, students are graded with 5 (Nicht genügend). See further: https://www.wu.ac.at/fileadmin/wu/h/students/anerkennung/Pr%C3%BCfungsordnung_20.12.2017.pdf
In the first session the kick-off meeting takes place, in which the lecturers present recent, relevant research areas. These can be used as starting point for the seminar papers.
In the second session, the topics are distributed to the interested students. After this, individual coordination meetings with the respective lecturer are recommended to define specific research approaches.
In the third session the research proposal is presented, including the structure and method of the research. The deadline for submission is announced in the first session.
Additional coordination meetings are advisable.
About 10 days before the fourth session (date announced in first session), the seminar paper is submitted. Then the paper is assessed both by the lecturers and peers. The papers are assigned so that each student has to review one paper according to the provided peer review template. This student is also required to give appropriate feedback to the reviewed paper in the fourth session's presentation.
In the fourth session students present their research results, corresponding to the final seminar paper.
All submissions are required in time without exceptions.
The seminar paper can be extended to a bachelor thesis within the semester following the seminar if the seminar is graded with grade 2 or better.
Criteria for grading:
- Written Research Proposal 20%
- Presentation of the proposal 5%
- Seminar paper 45%
- Presentation of the final paper 10%
- Peer Review report 15%
- Feedback to reviewed paper 5%
All submissions are required in time, late submissions are unacceptable and will receive a score of zero.
If the seminar paper is extended to a bachelor thesis, the bachelor thesis is graded separately.
Students should take the corresponding course 4 in Sustainable Logistics. It is advisable to take this course 4 in the same semester as course 5.
The course "Grundlagen wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens" should have been passed before taking part in this course. A scientifc work conduct is required and will be influencing the grading.