After the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Connect and apply relevant-to-biodiversity information from other courses.
2.Develop the ability to discuss and defend in a rational and scientific way controversial issues related to biodiversity.
3. Understand the difference between oral and written presentations and applying relevant instructions in presenting projects.
4. Create short research projects and effectively communicate the results to a wider, non-scientific audience.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Definitions. Components of biodiversity. Biodiversity in time and space: maps, gradients, hotspots, convergence. Role, importance and value of biodiversity. Human activities, threats and species loss. Biodiversity recording and monitoring. Measures for sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity. In-situ and ex-situ conservation. Convention for the Conservation of Biodiversity and its application globally and locally.
Biodiversity, Taxonomic diversity, Ecosystem/Habitat diversity, Genetic Diversity
1. Written examination on course material (75% of final grade). Exams based on multiple choice test and answering questions of knowledge or critical thinking; self-assessment multiple choice test.
2. Practical laboratory skills, preparation and presentation of short essays, familiarity with literature search, study books and articles, publication of modern Biodiversity videos and multimedia in Interner, cooperation in teams. (25% of final grade).