Course Academic Credits: 2 ECTS
Time and Place: every Friday, 16:00-17:00, Institut für Populationsgenetik (building HA, 4th floor), Vetmeduni Vienna
Content: Supervised introduction and discussion of recent publications, selected by the students themselves. In this format the students learn and discuss the latest research developments and practice their presentation and discussion skills.
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Course Academic Credits: 10 ECTS
Aims, contents and method of the course: Current questions and methods of evolutionary biology will be applied to research on phenotypic plasticity of amphibian larvae (experimental ecology, geometric morphometry). Aims: Understanding of current topics in evolutionary biology, ability to apply relevant research methods, practice in writing scientific reports. Methods: Discussion of scientific papers, practical research in a small team, data analysis and writing of reports.
Assessment: Assessment of practical work and written reports.
Minimal requirements: 90% presence during seminars, written report in the from of a scientific publication
Assessment criteria: 40% practical work and oral presentation, 60% written report
Dates: First meeting is 5 March 2020 at 14:00 (Seminarraum des Department für Theoretische Biologie, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien)
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Course Academic Credits: 3 ECTS
Content:
The seminars will discuss recent papers published in the field of ecological and evolutionary genomics. We will target recently published articles, independent of the study system or method addressed, according to the interest of students. The students will take turns presenting one paper per meeting, which will be further discussed in detail together with the group. The topics may include comparative genomics, approaches to variation and adaptation, population genomics, ecological genomics (including speciation and hybridization), transcriptomics and population epigenomics.
Details and registration: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/en/course.html?lv=300158&semester=2020S

Course Academic Credits: 5 ECTS
Content:
We will exemplify genomic investigation procedures to trace natural selection, genetic ancestry, function, structure and gene-environment interactions, starting with introducing basic omic approaches, such as de novo assembly and mapping.
Details and registration: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/en/course.html?lv=300369&semester=2020S

Course Academic Credits: 10 ECTS

Aims, contents and method of the course: In this practical course at the Marine Station in Villefranche / Cote d’Azur, we will address questions of developmental biology of marine invertebrates available at the station (cnidarians, polychaetes, sea urchins, urochordates). The development will be studied by manipulation of key signaling pathways, followed by phenotypic and molecular analysis. In addition, we will benefit from the exceptional fauna in the plancton around Villefranche and we will examine samples of plancton and determine larvae and species of various animal groups. Teaching is in English, since most instructors are not German speaking. As prerequisite, the student should have accomplished the VO “Einführung in die Entwicklung der Tiere” or the VO “Molecular developmental biology” in the bachelor of Zoology or Molecular Biology tracks. The course is restricted to 10 students.

Assessment and permitted materials: The student will get an understanding of the development of several marine model species (sea urchin, ascidians, hydrozoans) and do experiments investigating the regulation of developmental processes and of body plans. They aquire an understanding of the biodiversity of planctonic life.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria: The student will give a seminar presentation about a selected topic in Vienna (25%). The performance of the student during the course is evaluated (25%). The student will write up a report (50%).

Examination topics: The seminar must give a proper overview on the given topic in a 10-20 min oral presentation. The report should have the format of a scientific paper and be written in English.

Reading list: The student is expected to read the relevant literature related to the topic of the course experiments. A minimal list will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Details and registration: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/en/course.html?lv=300145&semester=2020S

Course Academic Credits: 10 ECTS

Aims, contents and method of the course: In this course we will learn about modern high-throughput methodologies and get hands-on experience with new methods and real data. We will discuss sequencing technology, experiment design, quality control, read mapping and counting, differential expression analysis, expression profiles and principal components analysis.

Assessment and permitted materials: Exercises will be done throughout the course as a part of a collective analysis.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria: Students are recommended but not required to take 300353 UE Applied programming for Bioinformatics, or have a basic grounding in Unix and BASH shell scripting. There are 10 days of the course. Presence on at least 8 days is required. The grade will be based on course participation (20%) and the final report in a form of a scientific paper outlining the aims and analyses completed during the course, as well as potential future directions (80%).

Examination topics: A final report describing the methods used as well as an analysis of the data will be required after completion of the course. Attendance and participation are also graded.
Details and registration: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/en/course.html?lv=300362&semester=2020S

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