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300487 PS Proseminar Microbial Ecology (2020W)

5.00 ECTS (3.00 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. 24 participants
Language: English



Introduction to the course: 9.10.2020, 12.00 to 13:00. This meeting will happen online, the meeting link will be sent via email


Aims, contents and method of the course

Based on primary scientific literature, attendants familiarize themselves with a current research theme of Microbial Ecology. They present this subject to their peers and supervisors in a seminar lecture, which is followed by an open discussion of the topic. Subsequently, the attendants identify potentially interesting open scientific questions related to their topic and write a short research proposal, as if they were to obtain funding to pursue these scientific questions in a research project. Finally, this research proposal is presented in a second seminar talk and discussed with peers and supervisors.

Assessment and permitted materials

Continuous assessment of course work. Quality and completeness of the first and second seminar presentations, and active participation in the discussions. Quality, originality, and completeness of the written short research proposal.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendants learn to work with primary scientific literature, learn to design and give an oral presentation in the style of a lecture, and exercise scientific discussions. Attendants also learn to identify open scientific questions and challenges, and to design and formulate a research proposal as needed to obtain for example scholarships for research. Attendants are trained in orally presenting and defending a research proposal to a group of scientific peers and experts.

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

MMEI II-2.1, MEC-9

Last modified: Fr 25.09.2020 15:09