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bio300 - Evolutionary Biology (Complete module description)
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Module label Evolutionary Biology
Module code bio300
Credit points 15.0 KP
Workload 450 h
Institute directory Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences
Applicability of the module
  • Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Akzentsetzungsmodule
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Akzentsetzungsmodule
  • Master of Education Programme (Gymnasium) Biology (Master of Education) > Mastermodule
Responsible persons
Bininda-Emonds, Olaf (Module responsibility)
Bininda-Emonds, Olaf (Authorized examiners)
Ahlrichs, Wilko (Authorized examiners)
Albach, Dirk Carl (Authorized examiners)
Gerlach, Gabriele (Authorized examiners)
Nolte, Arne (Authorized examiners)
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

Introduction to both microevolution (speciation and species concepts, adaptation and selection, behavioural ecology, reproduction systems) and macroevolution.
Introduction to phylogenetics (phyloinformatics, molecular systematics, phylogeography).
Module contents
The lecture imparts basic knowledge in areas including population biology, phylogenetic systematics, phyloinformatics, behavioural and reproduction ecology.
These fundamentals are extended in the seminar and exercises.
Reader's advisory
Freeman, S. and C.J. Herron. 2007. Evolutionary analysis. 4th edition. 800 pp.; Futuyma, D.J. 2007. Evolution. The original with translation. Spektrum Akademischer Verlag. 607 pp.; Knoop, V. and K. Müller. 2009. Gene und Stammbäume: ein Handbuch zur molekularen Phylogenetik. 2. Auflage. Spektrum Akademischer Verlag. 386 pp.; Zrzavy, J., D. Storch, and S. Mihulka. 2009. Evolution: ein Lese-Lehrbuch. Spektrum Akademischer Verlag. 493 pp
Language of instruction German
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level AS (Akzentsetzung / Accentuation)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
2 28
6 84
2 28
Total time of attendance for the module 140 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
Written examination in the final week of the semester or in the first week following the lecture period.
Written examination (60%)
Portfolio (40%)

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