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300471 UE+EX Alpine Plant Life (2016S)

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

Rough cost estimate:

(i) Train Wien - Mallnitz (VorteilsCard): 31 Euro

(ii) Accommodation at Fraganter Hütte for 6 nights: 250 Euro

(iii) Accomodation Karlsbader Hütte for 3 nights: 130 Euro

(iv) Train Lienz - Wien (VorteilsCard): 34 Euro

(v) Other costs (transport of luggage, road fees etc.): 30 Euro

Sum: 475 Euro

These cost estimate does not include costs for drinks (in the evening) nor costs for food needed for "lunch" (unless weather does not permit this will always be held in the field).



max. 15 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Course will take place from 2. July to 11. July.
An initial meeting will be held in March, exact date still to be announced

Thursday 17.03. 13:00 - 14:00 Übungsraum 3 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Thursday 02.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course is held in the geologically and thus floristically very rich region of Grossfragant (southern slope of the Hohe Tauern) and in the limestone region of the Lienzer Dolomiten. We will deal with alpine biosystems and their characteristic flora, vegetation and abiotic factors.

Assessment and permitted materials

Two interim tests (one per each half of the excursion) 5 points each and one test on knowledge of (i.e., recognizing) important taxa with 10 points, thus totaling 20 points.
For all tests, which may be held in the field, students can use their field notes.

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

Stduents are capable to name and characterize the most important habitat types of the Alps, their ecological conditions as well as their constituent species (concerning diagnostic characters, phylogenetic relationships, biogeography, a. o.).

Examination topics

Topics covered during the course (e.g., Alpine plant diversity, Alpine biogeography)

Reading list

H. Reisigl, R. Keller: Alpenüflanzen im Lebensraum (Gustav Fischer 1994)Christian
Dieter Heß: Alpenblumen Erkennen - Verstehen - Schützen (Ulmer 2001)
Ch. Körner: Alpine Plant Life, 2nd ed. (Springer 2003)
L. Nagy, G. Grabherr: The Biology of Alpine Habitats (Oxford 2009)

There are numerous photo-rich books on alpine plants; here's just a selection:
D. Aeschimann, K. Lauber, D.M. Moser, J.P. Theurillat: Flora Alpina (Haupt 2004)
D. Aichele, H. W. Schwegler: Blumen der Alpen (Kosmos 2006)
X. Finkenzeller, G. Steinbach: Steinbachs Naturführer. Alpenblumen: Erkennen und bestimmen (Ulmer 2003)
Th. Muer, O. Angerer: Alpenpflanzen (Ulmer 2004)

Association in the course directory

MBO 7, MEC-9

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