Global Change Biology


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim is to qualify the student to understand how global changes affect biological systems.

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • Explain the how greenhouse gas emission is linked to climate change, and how climate changes affect greenhouse gas emissions
  • Explain how climate changes can influence populations and community dynamics
  • Explain how climate changes can influence populations and community dynamics  
  • Explain how a changing climate impact on agriculture and horticulture 
  • Describe for how climate historically has changed and impacted on life on earth
  • Explain how populations adapt to changing thermal conditions through plastic and evolutionary responses 
  • Explain the role of evolution and phenotypic plasticity in relation to climate change
  • Account for the factors that constraints evolutionary processes


  • Apply predictive ecosystem models to estimate how ecosystems are affected by global changes and land use
  • Discriminate between species invasion from gradual migration due to climate changes and random species invasion


  • Describe and use strategies that can mitigate greenhouse emission

Type of instruction

  • Lectures, supplemented with project work, workshops, presentation seminars, laboratory tests

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examGlobal Change Biology
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleKlimapåvirkning af biologiske systemer
Module codeK-BIO-K1-13
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Biology
Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science