Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
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: 1,2Critically evaluate changes in biodiversity and extinction over time: 1,2Identify and discuss the main drivers of the biodiversity crisis, and communicate to a target audience how a taxonomic group is threatened: 1,2
Scheduled learning14 hours of live tutorialsIndependent study hours36 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 preparation12 hours of data analysis and write-up of IUCN exercise18 hours of research, reflection and write-up of journal club exercise52 hours of private study
1: Portfolio weighted 40%
Description of Module Assessment
IUCN Red List `big dataż analysisStudents 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 clubThrough 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.