Special Methods Courses

The following courses are offered on an irregular basis (at least one per semester):

Signing up for a course is organized via the "Methodenkurs" StudIP group of the current semester. Note that a course needs a minimum of three participants to take place.

The next methods course, "Preparing Slides for a Scientific Presentation" is scheduled for June 2020, see here.

In the following, you find a short summary of the topics tought in special methods courses.

Technical Drawing

  • Why technical drawing?
  • Axonometric representation
  • Projection
  • Basics of dimensioning
  • Fitting tolerance
  • Sectional view
  • Screws and threads
  • Sealing rings and notches
  • Vacuum flanges
  • High pressure chambers


  • Electronics and safety
  • Soft-soldering
  • Electrical measurements
  • Oscilliscopes
  • Characteristic impedance of cables
  • Control technology
  • Temperature measurements
  • Sensor technologies
  • Digital interfaces
  • Resistor color codes
  • Construction kit: LED signal light

Literature Research in Physical Chemistry

How to find relevant literature.

Scientific Writing

  • Different types of papers (reviews, full papers, letters)
  • Focus: Letter paper using the MPU approach (MPU = minimal publishable unit)
  • Drafting workflow
  • Structure and section contents
  • Revising with “adjustable self-criticism”
  • Making excellent figures
  • Improving writing style and being concise
  • Practical examples and exercises
  • Potentially ending with a letter paper ready for publication

Download Scientific Writing course outline (PDF)

Scientific Presentation Slides

Although many of us spend hours attending or even holding presentations each year, it is hard to come by with a set of good practices. Each field has its own peculiarities and it is hard to transpose the rules on presentations from one community to another. What might work at a company, a sales pitch, might not be well received in a scientific setting. What might even be appropriate in geology or sociology, should perhaps be avoided in the specific case of chemistry.

This course offers a tailored overview on how to prepare your slides for a presentation, providing best and worst practice examples and extracting a set of rules one can apply to improve future talks. The intention is to make the attendants aware of their persistent errors, and make clear how one can address an audience through the use of slides. One will cover basic techniques in:

  • structuring of a scientific presentation
  • preparing documentation and data for a presentation
  • main elements of a scientific slide, work with graphic elements and text, common composition mistakes and advices

What the course will not cover is the presentation technique itself (e.g., posture, speech). One will primarily focus on presentation slides. This course is primarily intended for Ph.D. students but will also be open to Master students (up to a given maximum number of participants).

This course is offered in the current summer semester 2020:

1. lecture:8. June12:15-14:00
2. lecture:9. June12:15-14:00
exercises:15. June12:15-15:00

(7 hours of attendance + 8 hours of preparation/work at home).

The course will take place as a webinar.

Sign up via StudIP if you want to participate.