WATR203-17SU2 (C) Summer Nov 2017 start

Freshwater Science Field Skills

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
20 Nov 2017 - 17 Dec 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.

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.

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.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 11:30 Biology 275 27 Nov - 3 Dec
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:30 Biology 275 27 Nov - 3 Dec
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 10:30 Biology 275 27 Nov - 3 Dec
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 10:30 Biology 275 27 Nov - 3 Dec
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:30 - 18:00 27 Nov - 3 Dec
Field Trip B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:30 - 18:00 27 Nov - 3 Dec
Field Trip C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:30 - 14:00 27 Nov - 3 Dec
Field Trip D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:30 - 17:00 27 Nov - 3 Dec
Field Trip E
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 08:30 - 18:30 Cass 4 Dec - 10 Dec
Field Trip F
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 08:30 - 18:30 Cass 4 Dec - 10 Dec
Field Trip G
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 08:30 - 18:30 Cass 4 Dec - 10 Dec
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:30 - 12:30 RRSIC 350 Biology Project Space 27 Nov - 3 Dec
Lab B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 08:00 - 15:00 RRSIC 350 Biology Project Space 27 Nov - 3 Dec
Lab C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 16:00 RRSIC 350 Biology Project Space 4 Dec - 10 Dec

Timetable Note

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 Dec
Cass Field Station: 4-6 Dec
Christchurch based work 7 December

All other course work can be done remotely.

Assessment

10% Pre-course assessment (due 24 November)

30% Workbook

30% Practical test

30% Final report (due 14 December)

Indicative Fees

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.

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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