LSC-20093 - Biodiversity Crisis
Coordinator: Sarah L Taylor Room: Hux029 Tel: +44 1782 7 33025
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734414

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2022/23


Aims
To understand the different levels on which biodiversity operates and identify its past, present and future threats.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Define the term biodiversity and explain how it is measured: 1,2
Critically evaluate changes in biodiversity and extinction over time: 1,2
Identify and discuss the main drivers of the biodiversity crisis, and communicate to a target audience how a taxonomic group is threatened: 1,2

Study hours

Scheduled learning
14 hours of live tutorials
Independent study hours
36 hours of engagement with asynchronous content (assumes ~3hours of watching videos, reading core texts and writing notes, etc., for each of the 12 topics)
18 hours of journal club preparation
12 hours of data analysis and write-up of IUCN exercise
18 hours of research, reflection and write-up of journal club exercise
52 hours of private study

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Portfolio weighted 40%
IUCN Red List `big dataż analysis
Students will query the IUCN Red List database to determine the status of a specified taxonomic group. Data will be analysed and presented in a proforma, and the key findings communicated to a lay audience as a 500-word summary.

2: Portfolio weighted 60%
Evidence-based evaluation of papers in journal club
Through the semester, students will be allocated a series of publications on the biodiversity crisis that are linked to the core curriculum content. Students are expected to contribute to a journal club during the tutorial sessions, initiate and engage in discussion of the paper (this could be online or in a group tutorial). At the end of the module students will collate reflections on discussions of three of the papers (750 words each) and submit them on a proforma.