ECOL380 The Ecology and Management of Rivers and Lakes
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Course responsible: Susanne Claudia Schneider
Teachers: Jan Elbertus Vermaat
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
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Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2005H
M-ECOL, M-NF and M-MINA.
The course covers the most important physical and chemical environmental variables in running waters, followed by topics such as energy flows and other major processes in freshwaters, eutrophication, organic pollution, acidification, climate change, hydropower, ecosystem services, and bioindication including the EU Water Framework Directive. The students give a seminar on selected parts of the syllabus. A field excursion followed by laboratory exercises provides a practical introduction to watercourse investigations.
Lectures by the responsible and contributing teachers. The students prepare a topic and give a seminar for the other participants of the course. There will be a one-day field trip followed by two days in the laboratory, resulting in a group report on the ecological status in a Norwegian watercourse.
The teacher is available for support both directly and by e-mail during office hours.
Lectures, seminar, selected scientific papers.
Relevant background reading: Allan, J.D. and Castillo, M.M. 2007. Stream Ecology. Springer.
VANN210, or equivalent
Field trip and the laboratory work which is the basis for the group report. Seminar. Mandatory attendance on the first course day (due to the restricted number of places).
Portfolio assessment. Seminar/report counts 20%, group report counts 10% and oral exam counts 70%. All of the elements in the portfolio assessment must be passed to pass the course.
Structured teaching: ca. 50 hours. The students own efforts such as report writing, seminar preparations, studying for oral exams etc.: ca. 200 hours.
Special requirements in Science
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Lectures, seminars, field work, laboratory work: 50 hours
Students that are not able to register for exam in the course can meet at the first lecture. Free seats will be distributed after the first lecture.
An external examiner is used for the oral exam.
Examination details: Portfolio assessment: A - E / F