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300138 UE Ascertaining major components of the Austrian flora in the field (2019S)

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. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Course units will be held on Fridays (occasional exceptions possible; details will be provided during the initial meeting)

Monday 11.03. 18:30 - 19:30 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Friday 15.03. 09:00 - 14:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Friday 22.03. 09:00 - 13:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

At an introductory date covering topics on flora and vegetation of Austria, students become acquainted with the main factors determining the vegetation of Central Europe and with the main ecological concepts relevant for field botany.
The field work ranges from saline habitats close to Lake Neusiedl to the high alpine zone of the calcareous Northeastern Alps and the siliceous Central Alps. Thus, students familiarize themselves with the most relevant habitat types and their ferns and flowering plants of northeastern Austria. Shown in their natural surroundings and in characteristic assemblages, students get to know about 600 important species and intensify their competences of plant determination. Students obtain the knowledge to recognize and identify the most important genera and families, allowing unknown species of these genera and families to be correctly assigned.
This course provides an excellent basis to obtain the "Certificate 500" within the program "Certification of botanical field skills".

Assessment and permitted materials

Short tests at the end of each of the 10 field excursions; students can use their filed notes. Each test yields maximally 10 points, two results can be cancelled (e.g., because a field unit was missed), thus in total maximally 80 points can be obtained.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirement for positive credit: 41 points (of totally 80 points).

Credit key:
0-40: 5 (failed)
41-50: 4 (sufficient)
51-60: 3 (satisfactory)
61-70: 2 (good)
71-80: 1 (very good)

Examination topics

Contents of teaching worked on and discussed during the introductory course and the field courses.

Reading list

Exkursionsflora für Österreich, Liechtenstein und Südtirol (M. A. Fischer & al.)

Association in the course directory

MBO 7, MEC-9, BOE 12, BBO 9, WZB-Master Naturschutz

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:43