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bio256 - Form and Identification - Flora and Fauna (Complete module description)
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Module label Form and Identification - Flora and Fauna
Module code bio256
Credit points 12.0 KP
Institute directory Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences
Applicability of the module
  • Bachelor's Programme Biology (Bachelor) > Aufbaumodule
Responsible persons
Will, Maria (Module counselling)
Niedringhaus, Rolf (Module counselling)
Donat, Frank Henrik (Module counselling)
von Hagen, Klaus Bernhard (Module counselling)
Albach, Dirk Carl (Authorized examiners)
Glatzel, Thomas (Authorized examiners)
Skills to be acquired in this module

+ biological knowledge
+ knowledge of biological working methods
+ independent learning and (research-based) working
+ knowledge of safety and environmental issues

The module conveys the basic knowledge in animal and plant identification and their diversity. This is essential for all parts of biology concerned with plants and animals. Especially, educa-tion for the field of conservation and schools rely on these expertises. Therefore, topics and methods relevant for these professions are emphasized. Students shall get a basic knowledge of species and learn methods to identify them. This is connected with a systemic knowledge of habitats in Northwestern Germany. Basic evaluation competence in the field of biodiversity, species diversity and conservation is conveyed to sensitize students for a respectful treatment of organisms.
Module contents
L: Introduction to the diversity of native flora and fauna, presentation of important plant and animal groups, introduction to systematics and major traits, ecological perspectives of species diversity
EXE: Working with identification keys for plants and animals and their classification
EXC: Excursion to characteristic habitats of Northwestern Germany, practicing work with field guides and identification of important traits
Reader's advisory
Rothmaler - Exkursionsflora von Deutschland, Band 2 - Grundband, Spektrum Akademischer
M. Schaefer: Brohmer - Fauna von Deutschland, ab 20. Auflage
B. Klausnitzer: Stresemann - Exkursionsfauna von Deutschland. Band 1: Wirbellose (ohne In-sekten)
Language of instruction German
Duration (semesters) 2 Semester
Module frequency
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level AC (Aufbaucurriculum / Composition)
Modulart / typ of module Pflicht / Mandatory
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method Vorlesung, Übung, Exkursion
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
2.00 SuSe or WiSe 0
5.00 SuSe or WiSe 0
Study trip
1.00 SuSe or WiSe 0
Total time of attendance for the module 0 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
exams at the end of the semester
1 written exam (botany) 50%, 1 written exam (zoology) 50%, excursion protocols (ungraded), additional requirements regarding presence and ungraded activities as specified by docents responsible for the module