BIOL40660 Methods in Global Change Research

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module will help students deepen their knowledge of specific global change topics related to the science of ecosystem ecology. More specifically, the students will learn the most important methods used in investigating terrestrial ecosystem functions with the focus on the flow of water, energy and the cycling of carbon and nutrients. More specifically, students will be introduced to scientific methods used in (1) autecology and synecology; (2) transformation processes and nutrient cycles and (3) relationship between climatically driven abiotic factors and ecosystem structure and processes (e.g. photosynthesis). Classes will be mainly taught at the state-of-the-art research field station which includes the longest running Free Air Carbon dioxide Enrichment facility (FACE) as well as the Phenological Garden Linden which is part of the national, European and global monitoring networks.

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Learning Outcomes:

Students will:
Have a good understanding of terrestrial ecosystem processes and their sensitivity to environmental and biotic changes;
Have an understanding of modern statistical methods used in global change studies;
Participate in ecosystem research through direct immersion with researchers at the research field station;
Have the ability to plan ecological experiments, to interpret results and evaluate, discuss and present them adequately.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Interactive - Lectures and practicals with site visit to experimental FACE site and seminars 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Examination as per JLU Regulations Unspecified No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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