FRESHWATER ECOLOGY

WEM2FRE

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will cover the hydrological, chemical, biological, ecological and environmental processes in the freshwater environment with emphasis on lakes, rivers and wetlands. The ecology of the microbial system, phytoplankton, zooplankton, macroinvertebrates, and fish communities of inland waters will form the major component of the subject. Students will also examine major management issues associated with the impacts of human activities such as water extraction, pollution, land-water interactions and land clearance on water quality and river health.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEwen Silvester

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CHE1BAS or CHE1CHF or CHE1GEN

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects WEM2EPA, WEM2EPB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply an understanding of fundamental concepts of hydrology, water quality, freshwater ecology and the interactions between humans and freshwater systems associated with real and contrived environmental issues.

Activities:
Students are provided with a reading list and directed to extract and record relevant information relating to lecture material and prepare for tutorials. Students are given directions regarding specific discipline knowledge and understanding required in exams and assignments.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

02. Prepare a well researched oral presentation on a freshwater ecology issue and present to peers.

Activities:
Practical session on Powerpoint. Practical session on employing library resources. Delivery of a Powerpoint presentation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)

03. Analyse and appraise information to prepare a logical argument, supported by evidence, for a written assignment which is correctly referenced.

Activities:
Practical session on the use of library resources and databases. Practical session on the use of Endnote for reference management.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Writing (Writing)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

04. Conduct inquiry research into a practical freshwater ecological problem.

Activities:
Collect original data from the aquatic ecosystem and address a practical environmental issue. Evaluate the data and prepare a scientific report.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Writing (Writing)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEwen Silvester

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 11
Five 3.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 11 and delivered via face-to-face.

Field Trip Week: 12 - 22
One 3.0 days field trip per study period on weekdays during the day from week 12 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Exam (2 hours) End of semester65 01, 03
Oral presentation (20 mins) Week 410 01, 02, 03
Practical Report (2000 words) Week 825 01, 04