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300471 UE+EX Alpine Plant Life (2018S)

5.00 ECTS (4.00 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. 12 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The excursion will take place in the beginning of July and will last for 10 days. Details will be provided in an initial meeting to be held in March.

Wednesday 21.03. 17:00 - 18:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Monday 28.05. 17:00 - 19:00 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 regions of the Carnic Alps (border Austria/Italy) and in the Hohe Tauern south of Mt. Grossglockner. We will deal with alpine biosystems and their characteristic flora, vegetation and abiotic factors.

Estimated costs: ca. 450 Euro.

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 requirements and assessment criteria

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

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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