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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.Prerequisite note: A freshwater-related course of study (e.g. BIOL375 or a WATR paper), two years of a science based major, or appropriate freshwater-related work experience as determined by the Head of Programme.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
A freshwater-related course of study or appropriate freshwater-related work experience as determined by the Head of Programme.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
The course commences on Monday 20 November when the first reading and pre-course assignment will be posted and finishes on Thursday 14 December when the last assignment is due. This includes compulsory practical contact time running from Monday 27 November to Thursday 7 December, and includes overnight stays at the Cass Field station (see course outline for more details). We will meet on the morning of Monday 27 November at 9 am in a Biology seminar room that you will be notified of near the start of the course. Please look at the course outline for a preliminary timetable.Christchurch based field and lab activities: 27 Nov - 1st DecCass Field Station: 4-6 DecChristchurch based work 7 DecemberAll other course work can be done remotely.
, Jonathan Harding
, Catherine Febria
and Jenny Webster-Brown
10% Pre-course assessment (due 24 November)30% Workbook30% Practical test30% Final report (due 14 December)
Domestic fee $848.00
International fee $3,713.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.
Maximum enrolment is 40
For further information see
Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management.