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Inset Learning Practice and Academic Work

The module "Learning Practice and Academic Work" refers to study phases with compulsory attendance for acquiring advanced and/or additional knowledge and skills as well as mentoring and supervision of students’ progress. Such study phases contribute to students’ personal and professional development and enhance communication. It is an excellent opportunity to either refresh students’ knowledge and skills gathered e.g. through an already completed thesis, or acquire new while working on her own UNIGIS MSc thesis. Contents and Awarding ECTS points:

A total of 12 ECTS must be collected under the heading of this Module. The following is by no means an exclusive list of possibilities to earn ECTS points here:

  • Study Module “Academic Work” – 3 ECTS (compulsory)
  • Training of academic working skills, mentoring and supervision (e.g. in residential events including pre- and postprocessing of student's own materials, or through pro-active online communications with supervisors, peer students or other professionals) - up to 6 ECTS
  • Presenting and discussing / ‘defending’ the thesis proposal (in a Master Thesis workshop or online, e.g. via Skype) – 2 ECTS
  • An e-Portfolio, i.e. a blog in which the development of the Master Thesis is documented – 2 ECTS
  • Possibility of credit transfer: experiences in scientific working through a MSc / PhD thesis that was successfully completed for another academic study (please provide a document that shows title and grade of the thesis, so that credits can be transferred)  – 3 ECTS
  • Student’s own scientific achievements – up to 6 ECTS
  • Presentation of the MSc thesis incl. an extended abstract and a PPT presentation – 3 ECTS


In agreement with a Study Program Director a student can propose the items through which he / she intends to earn the required ECTS points. In particular, if a student can prove that he/  she already attended similar classes elsewhere and can demonstrate the respective knowledge and skills required in academia, an equivalent of ECTS points can be awarded. Note: Any individual changes to the contents of this module must be clarified with and approved by the Study Program Director beforehand!

Residential Events
An implementation of the 2009 Curriculum MSc in GIScience may include events in which students’ presence is required (e.g. study days). Please check with your institution for details.

Master Thesis workshop
Such a workshop includes pre- and post processing of student’s own materials and participation in the respective event; it is however an issue of the 2009 Curriculum implementation. Please check with your institution for details.

Module "Academic Work"
UNIGIS MSc is a postgraduate study and you most probably have already acquired some academic working experiences and skills in your undergraduate studies. You need such skills for many UNIGIS assignments right from the beginning, for example when you are asked to write an essay. To write such a scientific text you need to research literature, cite the sources you used and express yourself in a logic and concise way - three of the most important academic working skills. But the master piece of your studies is still ahead of you: the Master Thesis - maybe you already started to think about the topic? You may wonder where to start, what are the requirements of a UNIGIS Master Thesis, and whether the topic you have in mind is adequate? These questions will be discussed in this module.

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