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300390 UE Basic Methods of Evolutionary and Structural Botany (2016S)

5.00 ECTS (4.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Initial meeting: Monday, 3. March 2015, ÜR2 (!), 11:00.
Participation in this meeting is strongly recommended, as the list of participants will be fixed then.
Course starts on 7. March!


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


max. 10 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Part 1 of the course (7. to 11. March) will be held in rooms of the Division of Structural Botany.
Part 2 (12. March; 14. to 18. March) will be held in ÜR 1.
The day of presentations will be fixed after the initial meeting, but will be in the 14. week (4. to 8. April)

Thursday 03.03. 11:00 - 12:00 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Monday 14.03. 14:00 - 19:00 Übungsraum 1 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Tuesday 15.03. 14:00 - 19:00 Übungsraum 1 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Wednesday 16.03. 14:00 - 19:00 Übungsraum 1 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Thursday 17.03. 14:00 - 19:00 Übungsraum 1 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Friday 18.03. 14:00 - 19:00 Übungsraum 1 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Tuesday 05.04. 09:00 - 14:00 Übungsraum 1 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

DNA-sequencing (Sanger sequencing); population genetics and genome evolution from NGS (next-generation sequencing) data (incl. basic bioinformatics); basic phylogenetic (and phylogenomic) methods and their application in studying character evolution (e.g., morphological characters, chromosome numbers, biogeography); the Structural Botany part of this course is dedicated to techniques and applications of the scanning electron microscopy (SEM); case studies of flower development, seed surface and structural adaptations.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written protocol 10 points; two written exams 3 points each; presentation 4 points, thus totaling 20 points.

Minimum requirement for positive credit: 10.25 points
(credit key:
0-10 points: 5
10.25-12.5 points: 4
12.75-15 points: 3
15.25-17.5 points: 2
17.75-20 points: 1)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students are able to apply basic methods in botanical research (e.g., DNA sequencing, phylogenetic methods, bioinformatic analyses of NGS data; preparation techniques and SEM usage), and they have good knowledge and skills in the fields of systematic and evolutionary botany as well as structural botany.

Examination topics

Practical work in the lab and at the computer; demonstration
Integration of methods and data in a scientific protocol; presentation of a specific aspect pertaining to the content of this course

Reading list

Association in the course directory


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