Module Handbook

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Course BIO-ECO-01-K-5

Molecular Ecology (S, 3.0 LP)

Course Type

SWS Type Course Form CP (Effort) Presence-Time / Self-Study
- S Reading course 3.0 CP 16 h 74 h
(S) 3.0 CP 16 h 74 h


CP, Effort 3.0 CP = 90 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in WiSe
Level [5] Master (Entry Level)
Language [EN] English
Area of study [BIO-ECO] Ecology
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active

Possible Study achievement

  • Verification of study performance: continuous and active participation in the courses
  • Details of the examination (type, duration, criteria) will be announced at the beginning of the course.


− The students will hear introductory and summary lectures, read research and review papers, and discuss together and with the teacher the following topics: Application of molecular tool in ecology and biodiversity research, including (but not restricted to) strategies to obtain molecular data, (computational) analytical tools for molecular data in ecology, genetic analyses of single and multiple populations, genomics, phylogeography, behavioural ecology and conservation genetics, population genetics, use of molecular markers in ecology, molecular and adaptive radiation, molecular identification of species, individuals and sex, and molecular ecology of aquatic microbes.

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Professional competence:

− Students will acquire a principle understanding of ecological concepts and the application of state-of-the-art molecular tools to study these concepts.

− With this knowledge, students will learn how to design own experiments and decide for the adequate tools to address specific questions in biodiversity research and ecology.

− The subjects of the course will be taught preliminary on aquatic ecosystem and microbiall organisms.

− Through the incorporation of both theoretical and applied systems, students will learn how to use case studies to place the theory in context.

− Students will learn to transfer the acquired knowledge to other ecosystem and organisms.

− Students will learn a critical reading of literature related to the subject of this course.

Methodological competence:

− Theoretical background on state-of-the-art methods used in modern molecular ecology, knowledge of the molecular toolbox used in ecology and biodiversity research.

Social competence:

− Learning to discuss scientific issues with other students and the teacher and explaining complex concepts.

− Learning to simplify complicated topics and ideas and to identify their key aspects.


− Acquirement of scientific knowledge by self-responsible reading of English research literature, and identifying points that require further explanation.

− Critical evaluation of current research data.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

On successfully completing the module students will be able to…

− improve their knowledge in the field of molecular ecology.

− read and understand specialist English literature (research papers and reviews).

− summarize and discuss orally research papers.


Will be provided at or prior to the beginning of the course


Will be provided at or prior to the beginning of the course

Requirements for attendance (informal)

Bachelor-grade knowledge in ecology, zoology, botany, microbiology, physics and chemistry

Requirements for attendance (formal)

Admission to the Master Program ‘Biology’

References to Course [BIO-ECO-01-K-5]

Course-Pool Name
[BIO-LR_all-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course - all
[BIO-LR_Eco-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course: Eco