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300138 UE Ascertaining major components of the Austrian flora in the field (2021S)

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. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Initial meeting (digital): 01.03.2021
Main part are several one day excursions (usually on Fridays) plus two 2-day excursions (inasfar such are possible due to Covid), together there will be 13 excusrion days; details will be presented during the initial meeting on 1st March.

Monday 01.03. 13:00 - 14:00 Digital
Friday 05.03. 10:00 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 12.03. 10:00 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 19.03. 10:00 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 26.03. 10:00 - 13:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Students become acquainted with the main factors determining the vegetation of Central Europe and with the main ecological concepts relevant for field botany. Students familiarize themselves with the most relevant habitat types and their ferns and flowering plants in 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.

Flora and vegetation of Central Europe exemplified using a diverse array of habitat types in northeastern Austria (from saline habitats close to Lake Neusiedl to the high alpine zone of the calcareous Northeastern Alps and the siliceous Central Alps).

Presentation of ecological principles in lecture-like introductory units. Presentation of habitats (habitat conditions, communities) and their characteristic species in excursion units.

Estimated costs:
For the excursions outside of Vienna jointly about 160 Euro. In case no tickets (e.g., monthly ticket, yearly ticket) for Vienna (Kernzone) additional costs may incur.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exams (in total 100 points) as follows:
- An exam on the topics of the introductory lecture-like units (20 points)
- Short tests at the end of each of the 13 field excursions; students can use their field notes. Each test yields maximally 8 points, three 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: 50.5 points (of totally 100 points).

Credit key:
0-50: 5 (failed)
50.5-62.5: 4 (sufficient)
63-75: 3 (satisfactory)
75.5-87.5: 2 (good)
88-100: 1 (very good)

Examination topics

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

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: Fr 14.05.2021 11:08