bio473 - Evolutionsgeschichte des Lebens: Leben im Wandel der Erdzeitalter (Complete module description)

bio473 - Evolutionsgeschichte des Lebens: Leben im Wandel der Erdzeitalter (Complete module description)

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Module label Evolutionsgeschichte des Lebens: Leben im Wandel der Erdzeitalter
Modulkürzel bio473
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Akzentsetzungsmodule
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Akzentsetzungsmodule
  • Master of Education Programme (Gymnasium) Biology (Master of Education) > Mastermodule
Zuständige Personen
  • Ahlrichs, Wilko (module responsibility)
  • Ahlrichs, Wilko (Prüfungsberechtigt)
If there are more applicants than places available, a letter of motivation decides on the acceptance.
Skills to be acquired in this module
++biological knowledge+knowledge of biological working methods
++biologically relevant knowledge in the natural sciences and mathematics
++interdisciplinary knowledge & thinking
++abstract, logical, analytical thinking
++deepened expertise in biological specialist field
+independent learning and (research-based) working
+data presentation and evidence-based discussion (written and spoken)
+(scientific) communication skills

Objective of the module/skills: 

Understanding of continental migration (plate tectonics), the formation of mountains and oceans.

Understanding the formation of marine (coastal and deep sea), limnic and terrestrial habitats (e.g. swamp, forest, desert).

Understanding the importance of climate change through continental migration, ice ages and climate catastrophes for the evolution of organisms.

Knowledge of the phylogenetic system of important groups of organisms, their formation and evolution.

Knowledge of the five major extinction events in Earth’s history and their significance.

Module contents

Content of the module:

Earth age, continental migration, formation of marine, limnic and terrestrial habitats, species extinction, mass extinction and their causes (climate change, ice ages) and consequences (extinction and/or renewed radiation); anatomy and morphology (“baupläne”) of ancestral species; evolution important characteristic complexes (nutrition, respiration, excretion and osmoregulation, reproduction, movement); important evolutionary steps of selected animals (e.g. molluscs with cephalopods, arthropods with insects, dinosaurs with birds, mammals with humans), taxa of plants and protists in the conquest of marine, limnic and terrestrial habitats.
Will be announced in Studt IP.
Language of instruction German
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency Sommersemester
Module capacity unlimited (
Sind mehr BewerberInnen als Plätze vorhanden, entscheidet ein Motivationsschreiben über die Annahme.
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Seminar 2 SoSe 28
Exercises 1 SoSe 14
Study trip 1 SoSe 14
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 56 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
End of module