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bio330 - Marine Ecology (Complete module description)
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Module label Marine Ecology
Module code bio330
Credit points 15.0 KP
Workload 450 h
Faculty/Institute Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences
Used in course of study
  • Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Akzentsetzungsmodule
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Akzentsetzungsmodule
  • Master of Education Programme (Gymnasium) Biology (Master of Education) > Mastermodule
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Entry requirements
Skills to be acquired in this module

++ biological knowledge
++ knowledge of biological working methods
++ biologically relevant knowledge in the natural sciences and mathematics
+ statistics & scientific programming
+ 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)
+ teamwork
++ (scientific) communication skills
+ project and time management

Basic knowledge and practical experience in biological oceanography
Apply theoretical concepts from different fields in marine ecology
Analyse, present, and interpret results from the marine ecological literature and own investigations
Acknowledge the importance of general ecological concepts for ecosystem management
Gain experience in the application of field and lab methods in ecology
Module contents
Lecture Biological Oceanography
2 SWS = 3 CP. Presence time 24 h, additional study time 66h, winter-term
Abiotic environmental conditions in marine systems (light, temperature, chemical and physical proper-ties of the water, waves, tides, global distribution of water masses and currents. Pelagic communities, plankton (phyt-, zoo,- bacterio-, viroplankton), microbial loop, sedimentation, C-and N cycling, Nekton, Fisheries, El Nino, Benthic communities, estuaries.

Exercise Concepts in marine ecology
6 SWS = 9 CP. Presence time 70 h, additional study time 200h, winter-term
Practical and theoretical exercises on marine ecology, including field studies, experiments and working with case studies from the literature. The focus is on concepts here, pinpointing at general ecological frameworks.

Lecture Marine Ecology
2 SWS = 3 CP. Presence time 24 h, additional study time 66h, winter-term
Ecology of marine systems: estuaries, rocky and sediment coasts, pelagial, shelfs, mangroves, seagrass meadows, coral reefs, deep sea, polar regions. The focus is on ecological specifics and interactions in the biotic communities of these systems. The second half of the lecture will focus on importance and consequences of overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, climate change and bioinvasion on marine systems.
Reader's advisory
C.M. Lalli, T.R. Parsons, Biological Oceanography: An Introduction, Elsevier, Oxford.
U. Sommer, Biologische Meereskunde, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg.
Language of instruction German
Duration (semesters) 2 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel AS (Akzentsetzung / Accentuation)
Modulart Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lern-/Lehrform / Type of program
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload attendance
Lecture 4.00 56 h
Exercises 6.00 84 h
Total time of attendance for the module 140 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
Written exam at the end of the Lecture Marine Ecology
1 written exam (Lecture) (50%),
1 oral presentation (Exercise) (50%)

Additional conditions regarding attendance and ungraded activities as determined by the persons responsible for the module will apply.