SLE232 - Freshwater Biology
Not offered as of 2015
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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.
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%