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Freshwater Science Field Skills

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
09 Jan 2017 - 19 Feb 2017

Description

In this course students will develop practical skills in sampling freshwaters, identification of freshwater organisms, and assessing hydrological conditions and water-quality.

This course is designed to teach the basic skills required to measure aspects of freshwater ecosystems. Through intensive field days, you will learn practical skills necessary for a practicing freshwater ecologist employed in New Zealand.  You will learn how to assess and measure physical habitats, water chemistry, algae, aquatic plants, freshwater invertebrates, and fish. You will also be introduced to identification of freshwater biodiversity, focusing particularly on invertebrates and fish. This course will provide you with a background in skills useful for advanced waterways and freshwater ecology courses and equip you for freshwater science-related careers.

Pre-requisites

A freshwater-related course of study or appropriate freshwater-related work experience as determined by the Head of Programme.

Timetable 2017

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 17:00 Cass 30 Jan - 5 Feb
Field Trip B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Cass 30 Jan - 5 Feb
Field Trip C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 Cass 30 Jan - 5 Feb
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 von Haast 249 23 Jan - 29 Jan
Lab B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 von Haast 249 23 Jan - 29 Jan
Lab C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 von Haast 249 30 Jan - 5 Feb

Timetable Note

The course commences on Monday 9th January when the first reading will be posted and finishes on Friday 10 February when the last assignment is due. This includes six days of compulsory practical contact time running from Thursday 26th January to Thursday 2nd February, and includes overnight stays at the Cass Field station on the nights of 30 & 31 January. We will meet on the morning of Thursday 26th January at 9am in Biology Room 323 (level 3). Please look at the course outline for a preliminary timetable.

Course Coordinator

Helen Warburton

Lecturer

Angus McIntosh

To contact Helen Warburton, email helen.warburton@canterbury.ac.nz

Assessment

The course will include:

- Some assessed pre-course reading (which will be available online)

- Seminars, laboratories and field work during 6 day course

- Post-course report

Fees

Domestic fee $848.00

International fee $3,713.00

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 40

For further information see Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management on the department and colleges page.

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