Semester 2


Microbiology and molecular biology
Course organization:
1. Microbiology and biotechnology (Lecture)
2. Molecular biology (Lecture)

Examination: Oral examination (approx. 20 minutes)

Course description:
Students will be introduced to molecular, biochemical and physiological aspects in microbiology and molecular biology which is important to Ecosystem Sciences. The acquired knowledge allows the students to address questions and problems in Ecology and Systems Biology on molecular levels and understand the background of modern molecular methods that can be applied to solve such topics.
Conservation of biodiversity
Course organization:
1. Conservation of biodiversity based on molecular tools (Lecture)
2. Assessment of molecular diversity for conservation (Seminar, Workshop)

Examination: Presentation (approx. 15 minutes, 50%) with written outline (5 pages max, 50%)

Course description:
The use of molecular methods is commonplace in conservation at various levels of biological organization from genes to ecosystems. Students will examine the results of molecular approaches in biodiversity conservation based on selected projects and recent literature. Students will be able to critically evaluate benefits and limitations of molecular studies in a conservation context.
Computer science and mathematics
Course organization:
1. Computer science and mathematics (Lecture, Exercise)

Examination: Written examination (90 minutes)

Course description:
Understanding of basic notions and methods of computer science and mathematics, including: representation of information, databases, the World Wide Web, foundations of programming, simulation, visualization; notations from logic and set theory, relations, graphs, functions, differentiation, extreme values, integration; vectors, linear transformations, matrices, eigenvalues, scale levels of variables, measures of location, dispersion and correlation, linear regression, probability, sampling, confidence intervals, fundamentals about statistical testing.
Plant ecology and diversity
Course organization:
1. Plant ecology and diversity (Lecture, Field studies)

Examination: Oral examination (approx. 20 minutes)

Course description:
Students are familiar with global to regional scale patterns of plant diversity and the distribution of major climatic and vegetation zones (ecozones, biomes), as well as anthropogenic impacts. They have learned to distinguish different major plant communities in Central Europe and are familiar with their specific abiotic site conditions, and their conservation significance. Students are able to apply ecological field methods and to perform basic analyses of diversity and community structure.
Scientific writing in English
Course organization:
1. Scientific writing in English (Lecture)

Examination: Portfolio consisting of three tasks of max. 15 pages in total

Examination prerequisites: Regular attendance and active participation

Course description:
Progression of pre-existing discursive skills and competences at a level above B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which will enable the student to compose scientific texts in English, particularly in the area of molecular ecosystems sciences.