Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Jennifer Davis


This unit builds upon basic ecological concepts to provide the theory and practical experience needed to understand, manage, monitor and conserve inland aquatic ecosystems. It considers the abiotic and biotic components of freshwater ecosystems, especially the dynamics of energy and nutrients, trophic structure and interspecific interactions, and the patterns and processes supporting aquatic biodiversity.


On completion of this unit students will have an understanding of the components, processes and services/values that characterise flowing (rivers and streams) and standing (wetlands, lakes and ponds) waters. Experience will be gained in applying practical methods (both in the field and laboratory) to obtain, analyse and interpret ecological datasets. Research skills will be developed through designing, undertaking and communicating a freshwater project.


Examination (3 hours): 60%
Practical work: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jennifer Davis

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures, 3 hours laboratory/field work per week


BIO2011 or BIO2051, and either BIO2231 or BIO2181.