Universität Wien FIND

300123 PP Project Course: Morphology of Mollusca (2016W)

Morphology of Mollusca (only in combination with 300133)

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 served).


max. 15 participants
Language: German



Vorbesprechung: 04.10.2016 um 12:30 im Übungsraum 8, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien

Die LV findet DI und DO von 15:00-18:00 im Übungsraum 8, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien


Aims, contents and method of the course

The Mollusca are most diverse in terms of morphology and ecology and second in species-richness only to arthropods. The combined lecture and practical, probably unique in its depth, gives a comprehensive introduction to this phylum. The lecture deals with the general characteristics of all eight major molluscan groups, from the archaic "worm-molluscs" to the sophisticated cephalopods. It also provides a phylogenetic and evolutionary framework for the Mollusca and incorporates front-line results of all relevant fields, i.e. developmental biology, ultrastructure research, palaeontology, and molecular phylogeny.
The practical course offers hands-on experience with a diverse sample of molluscan species. The organization of each group and the most important variations are assessed by dissections and histological serial sections. Morphological skills like, e.g. comparing dissected and sectioned specimens, histological characterization of tissues, and scientific illustration are introduced and trained. The results of mini-projects on various focus topics are presented in oral and written form. This, together with an oral exam and the overall performance serve as basis for the evaluation.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation, written and oral reports on the mini-projects and an oral exam on examples from the practical contribute equally the the evaluation.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

BZO 12, BZO 13, B-BZO 12, B-BZO 13, MZO W-1

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