Course code ECOL380

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
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2005-2006
Preferential right:
Course contents:
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.
Learning outcome:

Knowledge The students will after the course be able to explain the most important ecological processes in rivers and lakes (with a focus on rivers) and apply this knowledge to relevant topics in watercourse management. The students will be able to assess ecological status of a water body, and critically assess own and published results.

Skills The students will after the course be able to acquire detailed knowledge from scientific articles, give a presentation on a topic related to watercourse management, and critically discuss scientific results.

Competence The students should after the course be able to understand challenges in watercourse management and contribute with solutions.

Learning activities:
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.
Teaching support:
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
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
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.
Nominal workload:
Structured teaching: ca. 50 hours. The students own efforts such as report writing, seminar preparations, studying for oral exams etc.: ca. 200 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
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: Letter grades