BENP1001 Prerequisite of life on Earth (5 cr)

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


This course is an introduction to basic studies in biological and environmental science, which deals with key themes of the field mainly from a global perspective. The main topics are a scientific way of thinking, energy flow, atmospheric phenomena, climate and climate change, photosynthesis, biogeochemical cycles and biomes.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, the student should be able to

· explain what our current understanding of a prerequisite of life on Earth is basing on.

· describe the most important energy flows and biogeochemical cycles at the global and local levels

· identify and describe features of the most important biomes and differences between them.

· explain the main Earth's atmospheric and climate-related phenomena.

· identify causes and consequences of climate change.

· explain how light energy is converted to chemical energy in photosynthesis and what are different phases of photosynthesis.

· possess main teamwork skills, such as acting as a chairman and secretary.

Study materials

Course material is distributed in Moodle.


  • Campbell, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky & Reece: Biology: A Global Edition, 12th Edition. Pearson.; ISBN: 978-1-292-17043-5

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
Tentti. Tehtävien hyväksytty suorittaminen nostaa arvosanaa yhdellä pykälällä.
Time of teaching:
Period 1
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Evaluation criteria:
o Assignments, roles in group work, final exam, scale: 0-5.
Study methods:

Attending lectures and group meetings, assignments (personally and in groups), reading the text book, final exam.

  • Campbell, Urry, Cain, Wasserman, Minorsky & Reece: Biology: A Global Edition, 11th Edition. Pearson.; ISBN: 978-1-292-17043-5