WATR203-21SU2 (C) Summer Nov 2021 start

Freshwater Science Field Skills

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 November 2021
End Date: Sunday, 5 December 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 21 November 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 26 November 2021


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

Enrolments are limited. This is an intensive weeklong course - scheduled to run November 15. If the class cannot be held face to face (due to COVID levels) the course will not be held.

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.

Timetable Note

The course commences on Monday 15 November when the first reading and pre-course assignment will be posted. This includes compulsory practical contact time running for a week (Starting November 22) with assignment work the following week. This will likely involve overnight field work at Cass Field Station, dates TBD. A course outline will be available sometime prior to the start of the semester listing all lecture, lab and field sessions included. Work outside of the contact times can be done online.

Course Coordinator

Issie Barrett


Angus McIntosh and James Brasington

Contact Person

Helen Warburton


10% Pre-course assessment

30% Workbook

30% Practical test

30% Final report

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $910.00

International fee $4,438.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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 30

For further information see School of Earth and Environment on the departments and faculties page .

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