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bio780 - Biodiversity of Littoral Communities (Complete module description)
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Module label Biodiversity of Littoral Communities
Module code bio780
Credit points 15.0 KP
Workload 450 h
Faculty/Institute Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences
Used in course of study
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) >
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) >
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Module responsibility
Authorized examiners
Module counceling
Entry requirements
Safe apnoediving with aptitude test and medical fitness certificate
Skills to be acquired in this module

+ deepened knowledge of biological working methods
+ ability to perform independent biological research
++ teamwork
+ ethics and professional behaviour
+ project and time management

By actively participating in this module students acquire qualifications in the following fields:
Biological oceanography, marine biology and marine ecology:
  • Geological formation history of the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, respectively, or the Red Sea and adjacent seas
  • Oceanography and hydrology
  • Development of the faunal and floral composition of the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Mediterranean region or the Red Sea (biogeography)
  • Commercial utilization of the seas and its impacts
  • Biotopes and biotic communities
  • Evolution, systematics, morphology, modes of life, and ecology of selected animal groups
  • Applying theoretical knowledge to real-world organisms/systems
  • Improved and specialized knowledge of species
  • Adaptation of life cycles
  • Interaction between organisms and environment
  • Dynamics of reef-building and reef-degrading processes
  • Threat to coral reefs/protection of marine environments

  • Formulation and definition of scientific approaches and selection of methods
  • Observation and investigation of organisms and their habitats (snorkelling/diving)
  • Documentation of small research projects in groups in the style of a scientific publication
  • Editorial work to prepare a module report
  • Popular presentation of results to be published by the media and to be presented at the University

Further skills:
  • Social engagement in groups/teamwork in projects
  • Independent scientific work in groups
  • Improvement of scientific discussion culture
  • Consciousness of the threat to coral reefs
  • Practising English
  • Dealing with the culture of the visited region

- History, culture, politics, and religion

  • Physiological aspects of apnoediving
  • Measures in case of accidents (also caused by "poisonous" organisms)
Module contents
Biodiversity of littoral biotic communities – topographical field research
Reader's advisory
GRÜTER, W., 2001: Leben im Meer - Vielfalt und Zusammenhänge. Dr. Friedrich Pfeil Verlag, München.
Should be read prior to a marine biological excursion! This book will arouse your curiosity about the submarine world. A reading book!

HEMPEL, G., HEMPEL, I. & S. SCHIEL (HRSG.), 2006: Faszination Meeresforschung – Ein biologisches Lesebuch. Hauschild Verlag.
This textbook is information and fun for all readers interested in marine life as well as in the protection of marine environments.

HOFRICHTER, R., 2001: Das Mittelmeer - Fauna, Flora, Ökologie. Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg - Berlin: Band I, II, III.
The textbook for the Mediterranean Sea! The general 1st part provides valuable information on symbioses or feeding types, for example.

LALLI, C. M. & T. R., PARSONS, 1997: Biological Oceanography: An Introduction. 2. Edition. The Open University, Butterworth, Heinemann.
Very compact, explanatory! Not expensive! A must for biological oceanography! Recommended for preparing examinations! Provides basic information!

NYBAKKEN, J. W. & M. D. MERTNESS, 2005: Marine Biology - An ecological approach. Pearson, Education paperback book. Addison, Wesley, Publishers.
Highly illustrative! Much additional information on different fields! The authors provide a unique ecological approach that helps students understand the real-world relevance of marine biology by exploring how organisms interact within their individual ecosystems.

SOMMER, U., 2005: Biologische Meereskunde. 2. Auflage, Springer Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg.
Connecting biological oceanography with theoretical ecology!

Literature study:
Web of science: extern – Data banks(DBIS) – Biology – TOP data banks, e.g. ASFA, Science Citation Index, Zoological Record
Open access journals: extern - extern
Language of instruction German
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lern-/Lehrform / Type of program
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload attendance
Exercises 9.00 SuSe 126 h
Seminar 3.00 SuSe 42 h
Seminar 0.00 WiSe 0 h
Total time of attendance for the module 168 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
during the lectures
1. Report(s) (30 %)
2. Assignment (70 %) (project report in the style of a scientific publication)

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