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mar620 - Profile Module Marine Chemical Ecology (Complete module description)
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Module label Profile Module Marine Chemical Ecology
Module abbreviation mar620
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Microbiology (Master) > Mastermodule
Responsible persons
  • Schupp, Peter (module responsibility)
  • Kellermann, Matthias (Module counselling)
  • Rohde, Sven (Module counselling)
Lecture: Organic chemistry
Skills to be acquired in this module
Students will learn about the chemical properties and major ecological roles of secondary metabolites, how to investigate the secondary metabolites of marine invertebrates and algae, how to analyze secondary metabolite profiles, how to isolates compounds of interest and how to conduct various bioassays to assess potential ecological roles of crude extracts and potentially isolated compounds. Students will also learn how to statistically evaluate their results.
Module contents
“Chemical Ecology”: The course consists of lectures, followed by laboratory experiments. Students will research about various topics in marine chemical ecology. Laboratory work will include production of extracts from various invertebrates and algae. Extracts will be tested in various feeding assays to assess the chemical properties of extracts. Extracts will also be tested for antimicrobial activity with environmental strains. This includes the culture of test bacteria and antimicrobial assays. Final evaluation will be a laboratory report about the experiments. This will include statistical analysis of their experiments and discussion of their results in the framework of the lectures and seminars presented during the course.
Recommended reading
Marine Chemical Ecology, McClintock, Baker
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Type of module je nach Studiengang Pflicht oder Wahlpflicht
Teaching/Learning method Compact Course, Seminar, Practical
Previous knowledge Lecture: Organic chemistry
Type of course Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Seminar 1 14
Practical training 4 56
Total module attendance time 70 h
Examination Examination times Type of examination
Final exam of module
Will be announced during the course
One assessment of examination: Portfolio (seminar presentation, written protocol) Portfolio (seminar presentation – no mark, written protocol 100%). Active participation (Active and documented participation in practical courses (labs, exercises, seminars, field trips) and courses. These include e.g. the delivery of exercises, writing a lab report or seminar presentations according to the advice of the course supervisor.)