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Approx. 9 hours to complete
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Welcome to the course "Biological Diversity (Theories, Measures and Data sampling techniques)"

1 hour to complete
2 videos (Total 4 min), 5 readings
2 videos
About the university2m
5 readings
From the course author10m
About the course team10m
About the International Master's Degree in Biodiversity10m
Cited literature and further readings10m
Entering questionnaire10m
1 hour to complete

Biodiversity and evolution

1 hour to complete
5 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
1.2. Species interactions and biodiversity6m
1.3. The evolution of biodiversity10m
1.4. The structure of biodiversity5m
1.5. The distribution of biodiversity in macroscale8m
1 reading
Suggested readings – Module 110m
1 practice exercise
Quiz – Module 130m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

Importance of biodiversity and anthropogenic impacts

1 hour to complete
5 videos (Total 50 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
2.2. Why biodiversity is important for us7m
2.3. What are the causes of biodiversity decline?10m
2.4. Climate change and biodiversity12m
2.5. Gaia and biodiversity8m
1 reading
Suggested readings – Module 210m
1 practice exercise
Quiz – Module 230m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Analyse and measure biodiversity

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 56 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
3.2. Analyse and measure biodiversity – II part9m
3.3. Sampling Techniques10m
3.4. α-diversity16m
3.5. β-diversity13m
1 reading
Suggested readings – Module 310m
1 practice exercise
Quiz – Module 330m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Species-abundance distributions and comparisons

1 hour to complete
5 videos (Total 42 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
4.2. Species abundance models12m
4.3. Curves of biodiversity5m
4.4. How to compare communities’ diversity6m
4.5. How to analyse the anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity9m
1 reading
Suggested readings – Module 410m
1 practice exercise
Quiz – Module 430m

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