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Module BIO-PM-M-7

Practical Module or Advanced Practical Module 3 (M, 12.0 LP)

Module Identification

Module Number Module Name CP (Effort)
BIO-PM-M-7 Practical Module or Advanced Practical Module 3 12.0 CP (360 h)


CP, Effort 12.0 CP = 360 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in WiSe/SuSe
Level [7] Master (Advanced)
Language [EN] English
Module Manager
Reference course of study [BIO-88.Z10-SG] M.Sc. Biology
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active

Evaluation of grades

The module is not graded.


− In this intensive practical course block, students will work individually or in small teams to learn advanced methods and approaches, and apply these techniques in research-related experiments. At the beginning of the practical class, the teachers introduce the theoretical background of the methods and the specific research topics of the course, and provide relevant literature. Throughout the class, the students report about the progress of their experiments in discussion groups with the teachers. In the final seminar, they discuss their results in presentations. During or after the course, the students prepare protocols in research-paper or poster style.

− Practical classes can be chosen from the catalogues listed as VM1/2 [BIO-VM1-M-7]. Practicals in other departments or research institutions in Germany or other countries, as well as Industrial Traineeships (see below), are also possible, if agreed by the coordinators of the major fields of study.

− Industrial Traineeships are performed in a company or a public institution, under the supervision of a professor engaged in this Master program. Before the industrial traineeship is started, the student has to present to the supervising professor a one-page project outline signed by himself and the supervisor of the traineeship in the company. After the traineeship, the student documents the results in a written protocol, and in an oral presentation with discussion in the presence of the supervising professor.

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Professional competence:

− The students acquire a deepened knowledge in experimental methods and selected research topics offered during the practical. They learn to perform, under supervision, the planning and performance of experiments according to the rules of good scientific practice. They are able to present, interpret and discuss their experimental data in a written and oral form.

Methodological competence:

− Ability to understand and successfully apply experimental methods in biological research.

Social competence:

Ability to work in teams on scientific projects, to discuss methods, research concepts and experimental results.


− Responsibility and competence in performing and discussing experimental research

Intended Learning Outcomes:

On successfully completing the module, students will be able to…

− acquire methods and to apply them successfully in experiments.

− follow the rules of good scientific practice.

− critically evaluate, present (in oral or written form) and discuss own research data.


Depending on the PM/ VM 3 chosen; generally: will be provided during an orientation meeting


Depending on the PM/ VM 3 chosen; generally: will be provided during an orientation meeting

Requirements for attendance of the module (informal)

Bachelor-grade knowledge in biology and related fields

Requirements for attendance of the module (formal)

Admission to the Master Program ‘Biology’

References to Module / Module Number [BIO-PM-M-7]

Course of Study Section Choice/Obligation
[BIO-88.Z10-SG] M.Sc. Biology [Compulsory Elective Modules] Compulsatory elective practical module [WP] Compulsory Elective