ECOL202 Aquatic Ecology

Updated: 13 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
25 August 2019 28 August 2019 Mandatory All on campus and online students must attend a mandatory intensive school that incorporates lectures, practicals and a two-day field trip.
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites ECOL203 or ECOL210 or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ECOL402 or ECOL502

For on-campus students teaching will include weekly lectures and tutorials. Online students will have online access to unit materials, including topic notes and guided readings, and Powerpoint presentations. All On campus and online students attend a Mandatory Intensive School that incorporates lectures, practicals and a two-day field trip.

Combined Units ECOL402 - Aquatic Ecology
Coordinator(s) Deborah Bower (
Unit Description

Water covers over 75% of the globe and is essential to all life. This unit focuses on how physical, chemical, and biological components of marine and freshwater ecosystems function and interact. Ecological parallels and contrasts between marine and freshwater habitats are explored along gradients (fresh to salty, land to water). The unit begins by comparing the physical and ecological features of freshwater and marine habitats, the types of plants and animals in these habitats and the roles they play in fundamental ecological processes such as organic matter cycling. These ecological principles are linked to practical skills of sampling water quality and biota from a range of aquatic ecosystems. The unit concludes by reviewing how ecological principles can help manage the impacts of human activities on our oceans, estuaries, rivers and wetlands.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Australian Freshwater Ecology: Processes and Management

ISBN: 9781118568224
Boulton, A.J., Brock, M.A., Robson, B.J., Ryder, D.S., Chambers, J.M. and Davis, J.A., Wiley Blackwell 2nd ed. 2014

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Marine Ecology

ISBN: 9780195553024
Connell, S.D. and Gillanders, B.M., Oxford University Press 2007

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 20% 1000
Assessment Notes

Habitat Assessment

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Report 40% 2000
Assessment Notes

Practical Report

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. understand and explain how physical and chemical features in marine and freshwater ecosystems interact and influence plants, animals and ecological processes such as organic matter dynamics;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the significance of the need for and correct use of appropriate equipment and methods to sample water quality and biota from a range of aquatic ecosystems;
  3. predict and appreciate the likely outcomes of changes to land-water linkages and gradients of salinity on plants, animals and ecological processes in aquatic ecosystems; and
  4. apply this knowledge and understanding to manage marine and freshwater ecosystems in an ecologically sustainable manner.