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bio650 - Basic Ornithology (Complete module description)
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Module label Basic Ornithology
Module code bio650
Credit points 15.0 KP
Workload 450 h
Institute directory Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Background Modules
Responsible persons
Bairlein, Franz (Module responsibility)
Langemann, Ulrike (Module counselling)
Becker, Peter (Module counselling)
Exo, Klaus-Michael (Module counselling)
Klump, Georg Martin (Module counselling)
Mouritsen, Henrik (Module counselling)
Skills to be acquired in this module
The module imparts advanced knowledge on different aspects of ornithology. The students acquire:
  • An extended knowledge of morphological and physiological fundamentals and the resulting ecological and behaviour-biological consequences in birds
  • Knowledge, presentation and discussion of relevant English literature from various fields of ornithology.
Module contents
The module is composed of the lecture "Ecology and Physiology of Birds", a seminar accompanying the lecture “Current Questions of Ornithology”, a seminar “Nature Protection” and a seminar “Migratory Strategies and Nutritional Ecology of Wading Birds”.
Lecture “Ecology and Physiology of Birds”:
This lecture consolidates special aspects of systematics, morphology, physiology, migration, orientation, population biology, communication and behavioural ecology in birds.
Seminar “Current Questions of Ornithology”:
In this seminar, original English publications are presented and discussed which deal with current research results from various fields treated in the lecture. Every student reads a paper on one scientific article and discusses the results of that article with the other participants.
Seminar “Nature Protection”:
In this seminar, students choose, present and discuss papers treating different aspects relevant to the protection of nature and species. Every student reads a paper on one article each and the respective research results and discusses them with the other participants.
Seminar “Migratory Strategies and Nutritional Ecology of Wading Birds”:
This seminar is based on current exemplary ecoethological cases and deals with the importance of the Wadden Sea as a pivot for migrating wading birds as well as water birds and various aspects of migratory strategies, nutrition, energy balance, fat deposition, annual periodicity, day and night rhythmicity, tidal rythm, and predator-prey relations of wading and water birds.
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Languages of instruction German, English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
4 56
6 84
Total time of attendance for the module 140 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
Written examination in the last week of semester
Registration proceeding: via StudIP
Presentation(s) (60 %)
Written examination (40 %)
Regular active participation is required for the module to be passed.