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Course BIO-ECO-02-K-5

Aquatic Microbial 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 SuSe
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: General comparison of terrestrial and aquatic environments as a habitat – some ecological principles; properties of water; division of the aquatic environments; eukaryotic phytoplankton (composition, floating mechanisms, primary production and factors affecting primary production, community dynamics of phytoplankton); heterotrophic protists (composition, ecology); roles of microbes in aquatic food webs; bacteria, archaea and viruses, extremophiles (such as hypersaline lakes, hydrothermal vents, deep-sea, glacier lakes, ice)

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Professional competence:

− Students will acquire a principle understanding of concepts in aquatic microbial ecology. Comparisons to principles of terrestrial ecology will enable students to recognize the forces shaping aquatic ecology.

− Building on this knowledge, students will learn to identify gaps in current research in aquatic microbial ecology.

− With the background taught in this course, students will be able to understand the motivation of current research papers in this field of ecology and also to recognize the advance of knowledge added by current research papers.

− In combination with the theory module “Molecular Ecology”, students will be able to design projects to fill the gaps of knowledge in this field of research.

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

Methodological competence:

− Background (theory) on methods, which were used to acquire our current knowledge in aquatic microbial ecology.

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 molecular biology, ecology, genetics, computational biology, zoology, botany, microbiology

Requirements for attendance (formal)

Admission to the Master Program ‘Biology’

References to Course [BIO-ECO-02-K-5]

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