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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.
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 11 November when the first reading and pre-course assignment will be posted and finishes on 20th December. This includes compulsory practical contact time running from Monday 18 November to Friday 22 November, with assignment work the following week. A course outline will be available sometime prior to the start of the semester on 11 November listing all lecture, lab and field sessions included. Work outside of the contact times can be done online.
10% Pre-course assessment 30% Workbook30% Practical test30% Final report
Domestic fee $963.00
International fee $4,080.00
* 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 on the department and colleges page.