Courses



Elective Modules (60 ECTS-Credits)
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Elective Module 2: Functional Ecology (5 ECTS-Credits, 3 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students are able to analyse, assess and communicate functional ecological relationships at the scale of individuals to ecosystems.
Elective Module 3: Biodiversity (7.5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students are familiar with local, regional and global patterns of biodiversity in terrestrial and aquatic habitats, their causes and significance and the impact of global change. They can apply their knowledge in practice.
Elective Module 4: Global Change Ecology (7.5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students are able to interlink, evaluate and communicate backgrounds and current findings on global change and its interrelations with ecological processes.
Elective Module 6: Aquatic Microbial Ecology (7.5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students have an understanding of the mechanisms of aquatic microbial ecology. They are able to independently analyse, evaluate and communicate results to gain insights into examination strategies of this discipline and can apply their knowledge in practice.
Elective Module 7: Integrative Aquatic Ecology (7.5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students have an understanding of ecosystematic processes in aquatic systems - especially interactions with the atmosphere and terrestrial habitats. They are able to apply suitable investigative methods to generate data and are able to independently evaluate and present their results.
Elective Module 8: Evolutionary Ecology of Aquatic Organisms (7.5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students are able to put their basic theoretic knowledge in evolutionary ecology in practice in experimental research in aquatic ecology.
Elective Module 10: Ecology of Alpine Freshwaters (7.5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students haven an extensive overview of the ecological conditions and the variety of ways organisms acclimatize in alpine freshwaters. They understand their sensitivity to current risks like e.g. climate change.
Elective Module 12: Soil Ecology (5 ECTS-Credits, 4 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students understand biogeochemical processes and relationships in soils and are able to assess soils with regards to their different functions.
Elective Module 13: Molecular Ecology: Genes in Time and Space (7.5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students are able to analyse questions and hypothesis relating to molecular ecology, the theme of "genes in time and space" and to generate, test and use suitable methods in practice, to generate data, assess results and independently interpret and present them.
Elective Module 15: Molecular Ecology: Trophic Interactions (7.5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students understand the methodical and conceptual basics of the molecular analysis of feeding relations, of molecular identification and of DNA Barcoding and have a command of diagnostic molecular working techniques. They are able to summarise and present as well as critically analyse subject-related original scientific publications.
Elective Module 17: Ecological Modelling (5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students are able to use ecological models in practice and to interpret the results.
Elective Module 18: Landscape Ecology: Spatial Analyses and Evaluation (5 ECTS-Credits, 3 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students are able to independently find solutions to complex questions of landscape ecology by means of modern methods of spatial analysis.
Elective Module 19: Environmental and Biodiversity Problems in Freshwaters (5 ECTS-Credits, 3 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students recognize environmental problems in stagnant water. They command specific methods for evaluating anthropogenic influences based on the EU water framework directive and retrospective analyses.
Elective Module 21: Use and Conversation of Mountain Ecosystems and Species (5 ECTS-Credits, 4 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students are familiar with the fundamentals of nature and water conservation in the Alps and the regional, national and international frameworks, relevant laws and guidelines and their practical application.
Elective Module 22: Project Study: Natural and Water Protection in Practice (5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students understand processes of nature and water protection and the application of EU-conservation guidelines and are able to put their knowledge in a concrete project in practice (from the idea to the implementation and the measurement of results).
Elective Module 23: Ecological Control of Pests and Invasive Species (7.5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students are familiar with the biology and ecology of important animal and plant species, which act as pests and/or are invasive. Students understand the ecological relationships that are necessary for biological control of these species and are able to apply their knowledge in practice in the outdoors.
Elective Module 24: Applied Ecology of Running Waters (7.5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students are familiar with current concepts, methods and problems of modern applied ecology of running waters and are able to evaluate running waters in practice.
Elective Module 25: Environment - Economy - Society (5 ECTS-Credits, 4 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students are familiar with important socioenvironmental concepts and are able to apply them for problems relating to environment and society.
Elective Module 26: Ecology and Society: Specific Competencies (7.5 ECTS-Credits, 5 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students are able to recognize ecological problems from the perspective of legal conditions and to adhere to environmental and administrative requirements in practical implementation and to communicate them.
Elective Module 27: Scientific Data Analysis (5 ECTS-Credits, 3 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students are able to apply advanced statistical methods like multiple regression analysis, diversity analysis and different ordination methods in practice and to interpret the results gained.
Elective Module 28: Philosophy of Science and Communication (5 ECTS-Credits, 4 h) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students are able to prepare scientific contents for oral and written presentations. They are familiar with international standards and conventions for structuring and designing of publications. They are familiar with the ethic norms and regulations of good scientific practice and are able to apply them properly. The students understand basic concepts of the philosophy of science and gender research and have dealt with this matter in a critical way.
A module from another Master Programme of the Faculty of Biology of the University of Innsbruck can be passed.
Elective Module 31: (5 ECTS-Credits) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: the prerequisites of the respective curricula do apply
Learning Outcome: The objectives defined by the respective module give the students insights into another field of biology and enable them to relate their ecological knowledge to other fields of biology.
Elective Module 33: Ecological Internship (7.5 ECTS-Credits) (no courses)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Learning Outcome: Students are able to contrast the skills they have acquired in the course of their university studies with practices in the working world, apply their knowledge in unfamiliar contexts and put their skills to test in tasks that are related to their future professional careers. The ecologically relevant internship at a non-university institution has a duration of about 4 weeks (160 hours). Students have to submit a written report providing an overview of the tasks and responsibilities and the competences they have gained during the internship.

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).