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SLE223 - Water Quality and Ecological Health

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Warrnambool
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Previously coded as:


Unit chair:

Tim Tutt


One of SLE133, SLE155, SLE150



Incompatible with:

SQP205, SQP305

Contact hours:

2 x 1 hour class per week, 4 x 3 hour practicals per trimester, 1 day field trip.


This unit enables students to examine water quality and the basic physico-chemical parameters important for ecosystem health.  Students will assess ecosystem health with regard to water quality, including, dissolved ions (salinity), dissolved gases and nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus and silicon), particulates, pollutants and other contaminants. They will study processes governing the loading and transformation of these materials for a wide range of water bodies including rivers, lakes, estuaries, beaches, oceans, groundwater, sewage treatment and aquaculture systems. The nature, role, interpretation and application of national water quality guidelines will need to be applied in the fieldwork. Students will explore common physico-chemical analysis tools and techniques for water quality analysis.


In-class test, 20%, practical report 10%, group field report and brochure 30%, examination 40%

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