SLE349 - Catchments to Coasts: Ecological Health


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Warrnambool
Credit point(s): 1
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EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

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 the physical and ecological interconnectedness of riverine, estuarine and marine ecosystems; the consequences of catchment processes (natural and anthropogenic) on the health of riverine, estuarine and marine ecosystems; insights into functional roles and structure of the freshwater communities of the upper catchments (bacteria, algae, macrophytes, invertebrates and vertebrates); physical and ecological factors that shape freshwater and estuarine ecosystems (climate, geology, primary productivity, nutrient cycling); ecological, cultural and economic consequences of catchment disturbances (salinisation, sedimentation, water extraction, nutrient enrichment, riparian loss, artificial estuary opening, barriers to migration); water quality (stratification, black water, buffering capacity, eutrophication, environmental flows) and measures of catchment health (signal ecosystem health evaluation, rapid bio-assessment, index of stream condition); effective environmental management of waterways (Estuary Entrance Management Support System, environmental flows, ecological restoration).

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