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Module BIO-VM1-M-7

Advanced Practical Module 1 (M, 12.0 LP)

Module Identification

Module Number Module Name CP (Effort)
BIO-VM1-M-7 Advanced Practical Module 1 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


In this intensive practical course block, students will work individually or in small teams to learn advanced methods and approaches, and apply those techniques in research-related experiments. At the beginning of the course, the teachers introduce the theoretical background of the methods and the specific research topics of the course, and provide relevant literature. Throughout the course, 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.

Selectable VM 1 are depicted in ‘Synoptical Table of Advanced Practical Modules 1-3: Choices and their Assignment to the Major Fields of Study’ above. Additionally, the updated assorment of VM 1 of each semester will be announced timely via internet.


Type/SWS Course Number Title Choice in
Choice in
Presence-Time /
SL SL is
required for exa.
PL CP Sem.
Advanced Practical MPBiotec
P WP-1 360 h
- PL1 12.0 *
Advanced Practical MCB
P WP-1 360 h
- PL1 12.0 *
Advanced Practical Neuro
P WP-1 360 h
- PL1 12.0 *
Advanced Practical Eco
P WP-1 360 h
- PL1 12.0 *

Study achievement SL1

  • Verification of study performance: proof of successful participation in the practical course / lab
    Requirements for receiving credit points:

    additional non-graded course achievements: regular and active attendance

Examination achievement PL1

  • Form of examination: practical laboratory exam
    Requirements for receiving credit points:

    i) Passed examination consisting of the following partial achievements: 1=practical performance during the course, 2=submission of a written protocol and/or poster, 3=oral presentation of the results, 4=written examination


− Topics and methods of the different departments involved in the Master Programm ‚Biology‘.

− For a more detailed content of all selectabele VM1 please see ‚Notice‘.

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Professional competence:

− The students acquire a deepened knowledge in experimental methods and selected research topics (depending on the chosen VM1).

− 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 VM1 chosen; generally: will be provided during an orientation meeting


Depending on the VM1 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-VM1-M-7]

Course of Study Section Choice/Obligation
[BIO-88.Z10-SG] M.Sc. Biology [Compulsory Elective Modules] Compulsatory elective practical modules [P/WP] Compulsory or compulsory elective (depending on the chosen specialization / study profile)