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Elective Modules (50 ECTS-credits)
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Elective Module 3: Flora and Vegetation of Central Europe (7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory module 7
Learning Outcome: Students know about - the vegetation of Central Europe, - the Alps as a habitat and "natural laboratory" of evolution, - various aspects of natural and anthropogenic flora and vegetation changes, - the ecology of the forest line, - neophytes as problem for nature conservation and their management.
Elective Module 5: Diversity, Systematics and Nature Conservation of Vascular Plants and Algae (7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory module 7
Learning Outcome: Students - can identify unknown vascular plant species, - have basic knowledge to deal with issues in nature conservation in theory and practice.
Elective Module 6: Plant Physiology and Ecophysiology(7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory module 7 and 9
Learning Outcome: Students - understand the interrelation of plant physiology and environmental factors, - have in-depth knowledge of plant metabolism on the basis of selected laboratory experiments, - have practical knowledge of the analytical biochemistry of plants, - can interpret plant physiological data and present it in a publishable form.
Elective Module 8: Current Topics in Plant Biology (7,5 ECTS-AP, 5 SSt.) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory module 7 and 9
Learning Outcome: Students - know applications of plant biotechnology, - know applied aspects of plant biology, - analyse and understand the effects of climate change on plants and recognise their adaptations, - can present the generated data.
Elective Module 9: Model Organisms in Zoology (7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory module 8
Learning Outcome: Students can - describe the life cycles and morphology of model organisms, - understand the specific importance of model organisms and their application, - recognise and interpret phenotypes, - understand and apply the concept of experimental approaches.
Elective Module 13: Cell Physiology (7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory module 2
Learning Outcome: Students - understand cell physiological mechanisms in cells, tissues and organisms, - can apply cell physiological principles practically, - can apply sterile and cell culture techniques to perform basic molecular biology methods in cell physiology.
Elective Module 14: Microscopy, Imaging and Image Analysis in Biology (7,5 ECTS-AP, 5 SSt.) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory module 2
Learning Outcome: Students - understand the structure and operation of modern microscopes, - can understand the basic imaging steps, - can extract and analyse data from images, - can process images and data for various publication formats.
Elective Module 15: Techniques in Microbiology (7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory module 15
Learning Outcome: Students can - plan, carry out and evaluate microbiological experiments independently and observing all safety aspects - apply various methods to cultivate, inhibit, quantify and decimate microorganisms as they are relevant in professional practice.
Elective Module: Medical Microbiology (7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students - know essential aspects of diagnostics, therapy and prevention of human infectious diseases, - the importance of an intact biocoenosis of man with his microorganisms, the human microbiome, - recognise the link between targeted hygiene measures and the prevention of disease and product contamination.
Elective Module 18: Molecular Biotechnology (7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory module 15
Learning Outcome: Students - can define the relationship between phenotype and genotype of a microorganism, - can use selected examples to identify and analyse biotechnologically interesting gene,s - understand how the biotechnological potential of microorganisms can be assessed and optimized.
Elective Module 19: Ecology of Microorganisms (7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students - understand interactions between microorganisms and their relation to other organisms and to the environment, - understand material cycles and the importance of microbial biodiversity, - know microbiological investigation methods for soils and other habitats.
Elective Module 20: Current Topics in Microbiology (7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory module 15
Learning Outcome: Students can - develop and present the state of knowledge on a current research topic, - discuss the topic from a scientific and social perspective, - plan, conduct and evaluate laboratory experiments on the topic.
Elective Module 21: Basics of Ecology (7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory module 1
Learning Outcome: Students - can present and explain the diversity, the ecological demands, the annidation and function of selected native habitats and put this knowledge into practice, - have an overview of important methods of data analysis in current ecological research and have a basic understanding of the use of different software products.
Elective Module 23: Functional Ecology (7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory module 1
Learning Outcome: Students have - an overview of relationships between organisms and material cycles, - advanced knowledge of the influence of abiotic and biotic environmental factors on individuals, populations and communities, - learned basic methodological knowledge on functional ecology issues.
Elective Module 25: Ecology of Selected Organisms and Ecosystems (7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory module 1
Learning Outcome: Students can - recognise, describe and explain the organisms and ecosystems worked with, - practically implement their acquired approach to groups of organisms and ecosystems and they can independently work out knowledge about other groups of organisms and ecosystems in the future.
Elective Module 27: Advanced Molecular Biology (7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory module 11
Learning Outcome: Students - know complex current molecular biological methods and - can apply them practically.
Elective Module 28: Human Biology and Biomedicine (7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students - know the organisation of DNA in the nucleus as well as special aspects of gene and transcriptional regulation, - have knowledge in methods of protein purification and peptide synthesis as well as in the fields of structure prediction and analysis of proteins, - know specific aspects of cell cycle regulation and tumour biology, - know the pathophysiology of selected human diseases and the theoretical foundations of therapeutic approaches.
Elective Module 29: Cell Biology and Cell Culture (7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory module 9
Learning Outcome: Students -master the sterile work with human and murine cells (cell culture), - can apply molecular biological methods to manipulate cells and to analyse selected aspects of cell biology.
  COURSES Elective Module 34: Interdisciplinary Skills II (2,5 ECTS-AP)
Prerequisites for registration: The registration requirements specified in the respective curricula must be met.
Learning Outcome: This module serves the expansion of the study programme and the acquisition of additional qualifications.
Providing the availability of places, courses corresponding to 2.5 ECTSCredits may be taken from the Bachelor¿s and/or Diploma programmes at the University of Innsbruck. It is particularly recommended to take courses considering gender aspects and subject-specific results in women¿s and gender research.
Elective Module 36: Specialised Topics in Biology I (7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 SSt.) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory modules 1, 2 and 9
Learning Outcome: In this module, which is occasionally offered by guest lecturers, students gain insights into biological subdisciplines.
Elective Module 37: Specialised Topics in Biology II (5 ECTS-Credits, 4 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory module 1 and 2
Learning Outcome: In this module, which is occasionally offered by guest lecturers, students gain insights into biological subdisciplines.
Elective Module 38: Specialised Topics in Biology III (2,5 ECTS-Credits, 2 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory module 1 and 2
Learning Outcome: In this module, which is occasionally offered by guest lecturers, students gain insights into biological subdisciplines.
Elective Module 39: Specialised Topics in Biology IV (7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory modules 1, 2 and 9
Learning Outcome: In this module, which is occasionally offered by guest lecturers, students gain insights into biological subdisciplines.
Elective Module 40: Specialised Topics in Biology V (7,5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: successful completion of compulsory modules 1, 2 and 9
Learning Outcome: In this module, which is occasionally offered by guest lecturers, students gain insights into biological subdisciplines

Notes:
  • There may still be changes in the courses offered as well as room allocation and course dates.
  • The course descriptions found in the English version of the course catalogue are for informational purposes only. Authoritative information can be found in the "Vorlesungsverzeichnis" (German version of the course catalogue).