Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
2 x 1-hour lectures weekly
6 x 1-hour tutorials per semester
4 x 4-hour practicals per semester
4 x 1-hour computer labs per semester
4 x 4-hour field trips per semester
Prerequisites
1 1 of BIOL2742, BIOL2712, BIOL2711
2 1 of BIOL2701, STAT1121, STAT1122
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Assumed knowledge
Knowledge and skills such as can be found in BIOL3711 Plant and Algal Diversity
Topic description
This topic covers key concepts of aquatic ecology concentrating on ecological processes in marine and freshwater ecosystems. Students will learn about life histories, species interactions, seasonal dynamics and colonisation, productivity and ecosystem functions. Major ecological econcepts and theories applicable to aquatic ecology will be introduced. Beyond the basic science aspects, students will gain understanding of marine and freshwater biology for impact assessments, conservation and management, and learn standard analytical methods in aquatic ecology.
Educational aims
The topic aims to provide students with knowledge on the underlying ecological principles and processes driving the ecology of marine and freshwater systems, and an ability to critically evaluate scientific literature on the ecology of these systems. The students will also learn various approaches for investigating marine and freshwater biology using standard field and laboratory methods.
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of the topic, students are expected to be able to:
  1. Understand the scientific principles underlying various habitats and biota of marine and freshwater systems
  2. Appreciate the main concepts and ecological theories pertinent toaquatic ecology
  3. Understand the main processes contributing to the functioning of marine and freshwater ecosystems
  4. Design, apply and critically review experimental approaches in aquatic ecology
  5. Undertake basic ecological studies in aquatic ecosystems
  6. Integrate, synthesize and communicate scientific information