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lök370 - Ornithology (Complete module description)
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Module label Ornithology
Module code lök370
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Faculty/Institute Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences
Used in course of study
  • Master's Programme Landscape Ecology (Master) > Vertiefungsmodule drittes Fachsemester
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Skills to be acquired in this module
The module imparts advanced knowledge on different aspects of ornithology. The students acquire:
  • An extended knowledge of morphological and physiological fundamentals and the resulting ecological and behaviour-biological consequences in birds
  • Knowledge, presentation and discussion of relevant English literature from various fields of ornithology
Module contents
Lecture “Ecology and Physiology of Birds”:
This lecture consolidates special aspects of systematics, morphology, physiology, migration, orientation, population biology, communication and behavioural ecology in birds.
Reader's advisory
Bairlein F (1996) Ökologie der Vögel. G. Fischer, Stuttgart.
Bennett PM, Owens IPF (2002) Evolutionary Ecology of birds: Life histories, mating systems, and extinction. Oxford
Berthold P (1996) Control of bird migration. Chapman & Hall, London.
Brooke M, Birkhead T (1991) The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Ornithology. Cambridge UP, Cambridge.
Carey C (1996) Avian energetics and nutritional ecology. Chapman & Hall, New York.
Catchpole CK, Slater PJB (1995) Bird song. Cambridge UP, Cambridge.
Danchin E, Giraldeau L-A, Cezilly F (2008) Behavioural Ecology. Oxford
Farner DS, King JR (eds., 1971-1993) Avian Biology. Vol. I-IX. Academic Press, New York.
Furness RW, Monaghan P (1987) Seabird Ecology. Blackie, Glasgow.
Gill FB (1990) Ornithology. Freeman, New York.
Newton I (2008) The Migration Ecology of Birds. Academic Press, Amsterdam.
Podulka S, Rohrbaugh RW, Bonney R (2004) Handbook of Bird Biology. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca.
Scanes CG (2015) Sturkie's Avian Physiology, 6th edition. Academic Press
Scott G (2010) Essential Ornithology. Oxford University Press, Oxford
Languages of instruction German, English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity 30
Modullevel MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lern-/Lehrform / Type of program V, S
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
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Final exam of module
Written exam in the last week of the term
Written examintaion
Course type Lecture
SWS 4.00
Frequency SuSe or WiSe
Workload attendance 56 h