University of Konstanz
Algorithmics Group
Prof. Dr. Ulrik Brandes

Scientific practices for students (winter term 2014)


The due date for the written report is Mon, Mar 2nd.

This course offers an introduction into scientific practices for students, especially targeted at the subject of computer science. The main goal is to aid students face the challenges of undergraduate studies and research. We will discuss a broad spectrum of questions:

  • What is expected of a master student and how to meet these expectations?
  • Which tools and tasks should you be comfortable with?
  • How to find and read computer science literature?
  • How to write theses?
  • What is plagiarism and how to avoid it?
  • How to design good diagrams?
  • How to prepare effective oral presentations?
  • How to perform experiments in computer science?


lecture (M. Mader)Fri 08:15 – 09:45 (D247)
examwritten report (deadline Mon, March 2nd, 2015)

Please register for the course in StudIS and LSF

Credits and grading

This course is worth 3 graded credit points. They are awarded to all students who

Lecture material (local access only)

110/24prologue / expectations on master students
411/14LaTeX (continued), Unix & shell, SVN
511/21literature search and reading
612/05plagiarism, citing (in LaTeX) [preliminary version]
712/12integrating sources to your text
801/09writing style and language
901/16individual discussion of assignment 2 (office PZ1007, 9am-11am)
1001/23text structure
1102/06oral presentations
1202/11individual discussion of assignment 3 (office PZ1007, 3pm-5pm)

Assignments (local access only)

The assignments focus on the scientific writing part of the lecture. For submission of the assignments, and for additional material, SVN is used. The repository address is

1Fri 11/14Tue 11/25a01.pdf
2Wed 12/03Tue 12/16a02.pdf
2Tue 01/27Fri 02/06a03.pdf


Students are to submit a written report which determines the final grade for the course.

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