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bio890 - Current Topics in Biology (Complete module description)
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Module label Current Topics in Biology
Module abbreviation bio890
Credit points 3.0 KP
Workload 90 h
Institute directory Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Skills Modules
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Skills Modules
  • Master's Programme Landscape Ecology (Master) > Wahlpflichtmodule
Responsible persons
  • Gerlach, Gabriele (module responsibility)
  • Gerlach, Gabriele (authorised to take exams)
  • Laakmann, Silke (authorised to take exams)
  • Beutelmann, Rainer (authorised to take exams)
Skills to be acquired in this module
+ biological knowledge
+ biologically relevant, natural / mathematical scientific basic knowledge
++ interdisciplinary knowledge and thinking
++ abstract, logical, and analytical thinking
++ expanded knowledge in a specific biological field
++ presentation of results and factual discussion, both written and spoken
++ (scientific) communication skills

To develop skills in the critical analysis and interpretation of results and themes in diverse areas of modern biology, including (but not limited to) evolutionary biology, population genetics, biodiversity, ecology, genomics, ornithology, and neurobiology.
Module contents
Discussion and interpretations of one or more themes in modern biology. The themes and exact content will be provided by the instructor(s) at the beginning of the course. The module bio890 may be taken more than once as long as the content covered in the seminars differ substantially.


Recommended reading
Varies with chosen topic (will be provided by the instructor(s) at the beginning of the course)
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency Summer and winter term
Module capacity unlimited
Type of module Wahlmodul / Opportunity
Module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Teaching/Learning method Seminar
Previous knowledge Teilnahme in einem oder mehreren Grundmodulen des Master Biologie
Examination Examination times Type of examination
Final exam of module

Final exam of module: 1 Portfolio. Components vary in the seminars. They are specified in Stud.IP in the respective seminar.

Type of course Seminar
Frequency SoSe und WiSe
On-site workload 28 h