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Hints for the term papers within the study programs Spatial Planning (BSc, MSc)

These hints refer to all term papers supervised by Chair of Landscape Ecology and Landscape Planning within the study programs 'Spatial Planning' (BSc and MSc). They may be useful for other purposes (Seminars, Theses etc.), too.

Please don't forget to check publications in high ranked international journals, which are listed in data bases, such as:

Journals in the field of spatial planning available at university library of Dortmund University of Technology please find here:

If publications you are looking for are not available, you can purchase them via

Please don't limit your investigation to internet publications or publications in German language.

We suggsest the following organization of the paper: (Summary) - Introduction - Theoretical Background -  Problem description - Research Questions - Methods and Data - Results/Discussion - Conclusion/Perspective/Further Research.

We recommend using a consistent citation style. For maps, please do not forget the legend, scale and north arrow.

Term papers should be submitted in electronic form (Moodle or e-mail), BSc and Master theses as printed copies. There are no further formal requirements.

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The campus of the Technical University of Dortmund is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr transport association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.

One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.

From Dortmund Airport, the AirportExpress takes just over 20 minutes to Dortmund Central Station and from there to the university by S-Bahn. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.