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bio220 - Introductory Zoology-Botany (Complete module description)
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Module label Introductory Zoology-Botany
Module code bio220
Credit points 9.0 KP
Workload 270 h
Institute directory Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences
Applicability of the module
  • Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Basismodule
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Basismodule
Responsible persons
Zotz, Gerhard (Module responsibility)
Bininda-Emonds, Olaf (Module responsibility)
Glatzel, Thomas (Module responsibility)
Ahlrichs, Wilko (Module counselling)
Glatzel, Thomas (Module counselling)
Ahlrichs, Wilko (Authorized examiners)
Bininda-Emonds, Olaf (Authorized examiners)
Zotz, Gerhard (Authorized examiners)
Will, Maria (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
+ abstract, logical, analytical thinking
+ independent learning and (research-based) working
+ teamwork

* To understand the fundamentals of reconstructing phylogenetic relationships
* To know the phylogenetic system and ground pattern of high-ranking ancestral animal species
* To know the cell structures, organization, and reproduction of plants and animals
* To know the morphology and anatomy of individual species

* To improve and verify the theoretical knowledge acquired from lectures and textbooks by studying the original
* To train visual and tactile perception by studying various species
* To learn that representations in textbooks are abstractions of a much more complex reality
* To be able to criticize representations in textbooks and models
* To acquire the knowledge of the function in living animals and plants by studying preserved specimens
* Learning how to follow preparation instructions
* Learning that the organization of individual species may be highly variable
* Preparing records or drawings from the information obtained by original specimens studied
Module contents
GENERAL: Light microscopic methods are applied to study structures in plants and animals. Records in the form of descriptions and drawings.

BOTANY: Morphological structure and reproduction of various plant organization types with a focus on the structure of plant tissue. Representation of the relationships between structure and function with regard to absorption processes, transport processes, transpiration, and photosynthesis.

ZOOLOGY: Morphological structure of animal tissues. Biology of selected partial taxa and metazoans. Principles of phylogenetic systematics and the phylogenetic position in the animal system of the taxa dealt with.
Reader's advisory
GENERAL:: Campbell: Biologie (Spektrum Verlag) or Purves: Biologie (Spektrum Verlag), latest edition

ZOOLOGY: V. Storch: Kükenthal Zoologisches Praktikum, one of the latest edidtions; Optional: Ax, P. (1999-2001): Das System der Metazoa (I,II, III), Fischer Verlag.
Westheide/Rieger (1996): Spezielle Zoologie " First part: Einzeller und Wirbellose Tiere, Gustav Fischer Verlag, Stuttgart; Westheide, Wilfried; Rieger, Reinhard Spezielle Zoologie. Second part: Wirbel- oder Schädeltiere 2003, 714 S., 650 s/w Abb. Gebunden ISBN 3-8274-0900-4.

BOTANY: Script; Kück, Wolff Botanisches Grundpraktikum, 2nd edition, Springer, 2008, UTB; Grundlagen der Botanik, UTB; Lüttge, Kluge, Bauer, Botanik, WILEY-VCH, 2010
Language of instruction German
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level BC (Basiscurriculum / Base curriculum)
Modulart / typ of module Pflicht / Mandatory
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
2 28
4 56
WiSe 0
Total time of attendance for the module 84 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
Written examination in the final week of the current part
1 written examination (50%) following the part Zoology
1 written examination (50%) following the part Botany;

voluntary bonus (10%) in the second part (botany)

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