BENP1004 Biodiversity (5 cr)

Study level:
Basic studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


We will discuss the mechanisms involved in the evolution of biodiversity at a local and global scale. At the center is the theory of evolution, as well as the mechanisms that affect ecological communities. The course provides an overview of the various manifestations of diversity, such as morphology, functioning and life cycles, as well as taxonomic diversity. The course includes lectures, laboratory exercises and assignments.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, students

- understand the complexity of the concept of biodiversity.

- understand how the biotic and abiotic factors have affected and still affect the biodiversity in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems at different scales.

- name and describe the main taxonomic entities and describe their typical morphological structures and life cycles.

- explain what the classification of living is based, what are the challenges for classification, and is able to interpret the evolutionary history and ecology of organisms based on their morphology.

- understand how human's affect biodiversity.

- understand how organisms' structure, function and life cycle expose them to environmental changes.

- use a microscope independently and master the basics of the processing of biological samples.

- master the essential professional terminology. 

Additional information

Laboratory exercises compulsory only for BIO- and LY-students and open university students.

Study materials

Exercise book: BENP1004 Biodiversity.


  • Campbell et al. 2018: Biology - A Global Approach, 11th edition; ISBN: 13: 978-1-292-17043-5

Completion methods

These completion methods are for University of Jyväskylä degree students. Other options:

Method 1

Vain bio- ja ympäristötieteiden laitoksen tutkinto-ohjelmaopiskelijat osallistuvat laboratorioharjoituksiin. Harjoitukset pakollisia myös avoimen yliopiston opiskelijoille.
Time of teaching:
Period 2
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Study methods:
Kurssiin sisältyy luentoja (32 h), laboratorioharjoituksia (20 h) ja museotehtävä. Luennoilla ei ole läsnäolovelvollisuutta, mutta ne edesauttavat vaikeaan asiaan tutustumista sekä oppimistehtävien tekemistä. Kurssin laboratorioharjoituksissa on sen sijaan läsnäolovelvollisuus. Kurssissa on esitentti (läpipääsy ehtona labratöihin) sekä lopputentti.