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


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

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


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.