Academic Skills in Computer Science

From International Center for Computational Logic

Academic Skills in Computer Science

Course with SWS 2/2/0 (lecture/exercise/practical) in SS 2020




  • 2/2/0


Examination method

  • Oral exam

Due to the current COVID19 situation, this course will be held virtually until further notice. The content of the lecture will be made available as videos (i.e. slideshows with audio comments). The first upload will be within the first semester week (i.e. before easter). The format of the tutorials will be announced here shortly.

This lecture is aiming at providing basic skills in reading, understanding, and evaluating scientific articles, and in presenting scientific results in presentations and publications. It includes topics like citations and bibliographic data in scientific publications, selection of topics, examples, and results for an oral presentation, preparation of slides and other materials for oral presentations as well as selecting, structuring, and writing scientific articles. The lecture will include practical training in reading and reviewing scientific articles, in preparing and giving presentations, and in setting up and writing short scientific articles. The topics will be selected from Computational Logic. Hence, some familiarity with propositional and first-order logic is assumed.


The lectures and exercise classes generally take place on the following dates:

  • Lecture: Monday, DS2 (09:20–10:50) in room APB E005
  • Exercise: Tuesday DS5 (14:50–16:20) in room APB E001

Several general guides to writing and to scientific writing in computer science in particular exist.

The lecture most strongly uses:

  • Justin Zobel: Writing for Computer Science 3rd edition, Springer, 2014.

Some relevant content is also found in:

  • Christian W. Dawson: Projects in Computing and Information Systems: A Student’s Guide 2nd edition, Addison Wesley, 2009