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bio340 - Morphology, Phylogeny, and Evolution of Metazoa (Complete module description)
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Module label Morphology, Phylogeny, and Evolution of Metazoa
Module code bio340
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) >
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) >
  • Master of Education Programme (Gymnasium) Biology (Master of Education) >
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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

Upon successful completion of the module the students will gain:
1. a survey of topical subjects relating to the morphology and phylogeny of animals,
2. a thorough knowledge of the development of morphological characteristics,
3. technical skills in studying morphological structures, and
4. knowledge into recent hypotheses on the phylogeny of animals.
Module contents
Lecture: Details regarding the morphology and evolution of Metazoa from an explicit phylogenetic framework
Seminar: Presentation and discussion of recent subjects and issues relating to the evolution of Metazoa; presentation of individual metazoan taxa
Exercise: Preparation and documentation of exemplary species of Metazoa; various field studies (e.g. visit to the Dierenpark Emmen or to the Zoo am Meer (Bremerhaven), sampling aquatic micrometazoans, observing birds)
Reader's advisory
Relevant literature will be announced during the first seminar and is contingent on the latest developments in the research field.
Language of instruction German
Duration (semesters) 1 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 2.00 28 h
Exercises 5.00 70 h
Seminar 2.00 28 h
Total time of attendance for the module 126 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
Portfolio during the course of the seminar; written examination in the final week of the course or in the first week following the lecture period.
1 Written examination (50%),
1 Portfolio (50%),

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