SLE349 - Catchments to Coasts: Ecological Health

Year:

2020 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Warrnambool
Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as:

SLE232

EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite:

SLE111 

Corequisite:

SLE010

Incompatible with:

Nil

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.

Content

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).

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