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EK5703: FRESHWATER ECOLOGY (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:37

Course Overview

Freshwater Ecology aims to explore the relationships between freshwater organisms and their environment. Through interactive lectures, the students examine the physical, chemical, and biological factors that govern inland waters such as lakes, streams, and wetlands. The course focuses heavily on addressing interactions between humans and water and deals with the challenges and opportunities in conservation and management. A series of case studies that highlight the specific concepts and applications will be utilised through the course.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Vasilis Louca

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or BI4015 Grant Proposal (Passed)
  • One of Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or MRes Ecology & Environmental Sustainability (Studied) or MRes Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology (Studied) or MRes Environmental Science (Studied) or MRes Soil Science (Studied) or MSc Ecology & Environmental Sustainability (Studied) or MSc Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology (Studied) or MSc Forestry (Taught) (Studied) or MSc Soil Science (Studied) or MSc Environmental Science (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course has a strong applied aspect to it. Topics covered in the course will include: - Physical and chemical characteristics of freshwater ecosystems - Ecological processes: River continuum, Flood pulse concept, Succession - Phytoplankton, zooplankton - Macroinvertebrates, fish - Food Webs - Rivers, Lakes, Seasonal wetlands - Human interactions and impacts: Freshwater fisheries, exotic species, water abstraction, Impoundments - Conservation – Restoration.

Associated Costs


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

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Summative Assessments

100% continuous assessment: group presentation (30%); and individual report (70%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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