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bio880 - Skills in Plant Systematics (Complete module description)
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Module label Skills in Plant Systematics
Module code bio880
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Faculty/Institute Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences
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  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) >
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) >
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Skills to be acquired in this module
In this module, we provide the skills necessary to describe and distinguish species for floras and monographs/first publication of species. For that, an overview over the plant kingdom is provided. Further, various non-molecular methods of systematics are practiced, such as morphometry, SEM, identification key generation, nomenclature, species delimitation methods, and interpretation of phylogenetic analyses.

+ deepened biological expertise
++ deepened knowledge of biological working methods
++ data analysis skills
+ critical and analytical thinking
++ independent searching and knowledge of scientific literature
+ ability to perform independent biological research
++ data presentation and discussion in German and English (written and spoken)
+ teamwork
+ statistics & scientific programming
Module contents
In the seminar we provide an overview over the larger groups of plants and characters for their grouping. We analyse methods for phylogeny generation, angiosperm classification and description of new taxa.
In the exercises morphological characters are investigated in various ways and internet resources for further morphological characters presented. Species delimitation methods for molecular and morphological characters are used. Identification keys are generated and nomenclatural rules discussed.
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Languages of instruction German, English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency
Module capacity 8
Modullevel MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart Wahlmodul / Opportunity
Lern-/Lehrform / Type of program
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge gute Kenntnisse der heimischen Flora
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload attendance
Seminar 2.00 WiSe 28 h
Exercises 2.00 WiSe 28 h
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
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Final exam of module
1 presentation
1 report