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SLE348 - Freshwater Biology

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Warrnambool
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:


Unit chair:

Adam Miller


SLE132 or SLE144



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

2 x 1 hour classes per week, four self-directed learning tasks, 4 x 3 hour practicals per trimester and a 1-day field trip.



This unit includes: an overview of physical, biological, and ecological features of freshwater ecosystems (including rivers, lakes and wetlands from arid, temperate and tropical climates); insights into community compositions, life histories and functional roles of specific taxonomic groups (bacteria, algae, macrophytes, riparian vegetation, aquatic weeds, macroinvertebrates and vertebrates); physical and ecological processes shaping freshwater ecosystems (climate, geology, primary productivity, microbial cycling, detrital food chains); ecological consequences of human activity on freshwater ecosystems (salinisation, sedimentation, water extraction, riparian vegetation loss, nutrient enrichment); strategies for effective environmental management (including restoration).


2 x in-class tests (25% each) 50%, fieldtrip report 30%, 2 x practical reports (10% each) 20%

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