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300092 UE Introduction to Coral Reef Biology (2018W)

10.00 ECTS (6.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 12 participants
Language: German, English



Preparatory meeting: 10.10.2018, 11:00, Konferenzraum Zoology, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien.
The coursetakes place in Dahab, Egypt, from 10.02. - 20.02. 2019.
The preparatory lectures take place on the 3rd and 10th of December 2018 as well as on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of January 2019 from 17:00-19:00 in ÜR 4 (UZA I, Althanstraße 14, 1090 Vienna) statt. Attendance is mandatory for course participants.


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course takes place at the Aquanautic Dive Center in Dahab, Egypt and familiarises students with the biodiversity and ecology of marine animals in subtropical coral reefs of the Red Sea. The general, course-like, part will introduce to the different habitats of coral reefs and seagrass beds, with coral as well as other invertebrates and fish identification. The second part deals with focus topics, e.g., reef status assessment, fish distribution, intertidal habitats, etc., assessed in group work. Organisms in their habitats are observed by snorkeling and/or, with appropriate certifications, SCUBA diving. Underwater photography is an important aid for subsequent identification of most taxa.
Daily summary presentations and oral presentations of group work results enhance learning efficiency and communication skills. Group work on focus topics are presented in written reports.
Costs: approximately € 1000.-, including airfare, airport transfer to/from Dahab, accommodation with breakfast, lab fees, diving/equipment rental.

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment of performance is based on active participation, oral presentation, and written report.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

active participation max. 15 points
oral presentation max. 15 points
written report max. 50 points

00-44: 5
45-53: 4
54-62: 3
63-71: 2
72-80: 1

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

BBO 9, BOE 12, BZO 12, MEC-9, MZO W-8, M-WZB

Last modified: Th 25.10.2018 09:48