ECOL402 Aquatic Ecology

Updated: 30 April 2018
Credit Points 6
Offering
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
29 August 2018 01 September 2018 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 UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.

Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ECOL202 or ECOL502
Notes

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 ECOL202 - Aquatic Ecology
Coordinator(s) Deborah Bower (dbower3@une.edu.au)
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
Mandatory

Text(s):

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
Optional

Text(s):

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.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 15% 1000
Assessment Notes

Habitat assessment outline

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Project 30% 2000
Assessment Notes

Project report

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Project 2 15% 1000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

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

LO: 1-6


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced understanding and explain, in written and verbal formats, 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 advanced 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. critically analyse and evaluate information on this subject in order to 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;
  4. apply this knowledge and understanding to manage marine and freshwater ecosystems in an ecologically sustainable manner in order to demonstrate autonomy and well developed judgement in this subject;
  5. apply problem solving skills to management issues in aquatic ecosystems and therefore demonstrate the ability to critically analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems; and
  6. critically analyse, evaluate and interpret data collected from field sampling, and prepare a scientific paper on results.