ECOL402 Aquatic Ecology

Updated: 27 September 2019
Credit Points 6
Location 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
12 August 2020 15 August 2020 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 candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ECOL202 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 ECOL202 - 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.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
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.