BIOL40680 Global Change: Modelling and Advanced Techniques

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the biogeochemical structure of ecological systems which underpins the current state-of-the-art scientific knowledge in Global Change Science. This module first equips students with the tools to measure and analyse data from ecological experiments, addressing the importance of understanding their associated numerical methods and mathematical/model development. The students will learn in turn to program models and validate and illustrate model results. More specifically, students will participate in current ecosystem research at various experimental field stations. The students will also be introduced to research into the quantification of global nutrient cycles using stable isotope.

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Learning Outcomes:

The students will:
- Have knowledge of current global change issues;
- Have the ability to plan ecological experiments, to interpret results and evaluate, discuss and present them adequately;
- Understand scientific problems and know how to structure and analyse them;
- Be able to construct mathematical models in global change ecology;
- Be able to use techniques for programming mathematical models;
- Be able to apply models for the analysis of biological systems.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Using delivered course content material as lectures but also in class problems and exercises are given to students to work on their laptops. Seminar and presentations. 
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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
Professor Christoph Mueller Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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