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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
Modulkürzel bio340
Credit points 15.0 KP
Workload 450 h
Institute directory Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Akzentsetzungsmodule
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Akzentsetzungsmodule
  • Master of Education Programme (Gymnasium) Biology (Master of Education) > Mastermodule
Zuständige Personen
  • Bininda-Emonds, Olaf (Module responsibility)
  • Ahlrichs, Wilko (Module counselling)
  • Bininda-Emonds, Olaf (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Ahlrichs, Wilko (Prüfungsberechtigt)
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)
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 / module level
Modulart / typ of module
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 28
Exercises 5 70
Seminar 2 28
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 126 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten 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.