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bio810 - Independent Research
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Module label Independent Research
Module code bio810
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) > Research Modules
  • Master's Programme Biology (Master) > Research Modules
Responsible persons
Zotz, Gerhard (Module responsibility)
Zotz, Gerhard (Authorized examiners)
der Biologie, Lehrende (Authorized examiners)
External research projects are done on an individual basis. They are supervised by one person from Oldenburg and a local supervisor at any university or research institution in Germany and abroad. Please contact Gerhard Zotz ( for details. See (Learning Agreement for External Research Module)
Skills to be acquired in this module

++ deepened biological expertise
++ deepened knowledge of biological working methods
++ data analysis skills
++ critical and analytical thinking
++ independent searching and knowledge of scientific literature
++ ability to perform independent biological research
++ data presentation and discussion in German and English (written and spoken)
+ teamwork
++ project and time management
++ statistics & scientific programming

Students perform individual research projects to learn:

• planning and organization of a research project in a group outside of University of Oldenburg
• formulate a scientific hypothesis
• planning, performing and analyzing experiments and / or simulations
• working with scientific background literature on the specific context of the project
• oral presentation and discussion of backgrounds and results in the lab seminar
• write a scientific report in publication format
• prepare and present a scientific poster
Module contents
Students are introduced to independent research in a specific area of biology by a scientific working group outside of the regular IBU Biology faculty at the University of Oldenburg (usually a university research institute in Germany or abroad)

The content and venue of this module is chosen in close coordination with the Prüfungsausschuss Master Biologie, possibly with consultations of other proffessors. Course work should cover all parts of a scientific project, i.e. data collection, data analysis and the presentation of the results. Irrespective of the particular venue (universities, research institutes) the student has to report to a professor in Oldenburg in form of a written report and an oral presentation, both in English.

• all members of the regular IBU Biology faculty at the University of Oldenburg can act as local supervisor, students should contact appropriate supervisors individually
• prior to project start, external and local supervisors must fill the learning agreement form
• the supervisor at the host institution is invited to submit a short written statement of assessment, final grading is done by the local supervisor
• participation in a joint poster presentation of concurrent research modules is highly recommended.
Reader's advisory
varies with chosen topic
Languages of instruction English , German
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency halbjährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
1 SuSe and WiSe 14
Project-oriented module
10 SuSe and WiSe 140
Total time of attendance for the module 154 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
intership report