NNMK15003U Climate Change and Biodiversity

Volume 2015/2016

MSc Programme in Climate Change

MSc Programme in Biology


Lecture, discussion, and field-based course exploring the effects of climate and climate change on biodiversity and the services and functions it provides. 

Learning Outcome


By the end of this course, you will understand the fundamental concepts of biodiversity, its impact on the environment, and how climate change may impact biodiversity and thus ecosystem function.


You will be able to: (1) read and interpret literature on climatic change, biodiversity and ecosystem function, (2) design a scientific field experiment to test biodiversity and climate change concepts, (3) understand how to collect, analyze, interpret, and present data, (4) engage in a scientific dialog about biodiversity and current topics in climate change and biodiversity.


Students will understand what biodiversity is, how to measure biodiversity, how to interpret biodiversity data, and be able to present and discuss scientific information related to biodiversity. 

Readings will be from the primary literature and will be made available prior to class sessions.



Lectures, project work and practical exercises. The course will take place on campus and at field sites around Denmark. Students will design and implement an experiment, analyze the data, and report the data to the class. The course will culminate with students giving oral presentations and/or poster presentations of their research project.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Colloquia
  • 3
  • Field Work
  • 20
  • Lectures
  • 8
  • Practical exercises
  • 60
  • Preparation
  • 55
  • Project work
  • 60
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Portfolio assessment: 40% field project and report, 20% written exam (2 hours), 20% presentation, 20% exercises. The course is passed if the final grade is passed irrespective of the grading of the subparts. The subparts do not have to be passed in the same exam period.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners

Passed subparts can be reused in a re-examination.

Criteria for exam assesment

See Learning Outcome