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SLE232 - Freshwater Biology

Offering information:

Not offered as of 2015

Enrolment modes:
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:


Unit chair:

Rebecca Lester





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 excursion.

Note: You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit includes: biological and ecological features of all types of lakes, rivers and wetlands (including ephemeral/desert wetlands, tropical systems, lowland rivers, deep lakes, upland rivers); Freshwater plant communities (algae, macrophytes, riparian vegetation, detrital food chains, aquatic weeds); Zooplankton, macroinvertebrates and vertebrate animals in freshwaters (diversity, life histories, role in ecosystems); Physical origin and ecological consequences of environmental impacts such as salinisation, sedimentation, water extraction, riparian vegetation loss and nutrient enrichment.


Two class tests (25% each) 50%, laboratory assignment 30%, two laboratory reports (10% each) 20%

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8th June 2007