BIOEB304-19A (HAM)

Freshwater Ecology

15 Points

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Paper Description

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The paper offers an introduction to the ecology of lakes and rivers. Topics covered include the structure and function of major freshwater communities, fish and fisheries, human impacts, and the management of inland waters.
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Paper Structure

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The course is taught through lectures, field trips, laboratories and workshops. Attendance at field trips and labs is essential. Attendance at all lectures is expected. Panopto recordings of lectures are designed to be a revision tool rather than a replacement for lecture attendance. We cannot guarantee that all required course information will be included in the Panopto recordings.

Attendance at the two field trips and at all laboratory sessions is essential.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Conduct fieldwork in standing and running water environments
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  • Recognise key flora and fauna of freshwaters
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  • Synthesise field and lab data related to freshwaters
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  • Engage in informed discussion related to:
    • The complexity and functioning of freshwater ecosystems
    • The science behind management and conservation issues
    • Possible solutions to challenges faced by freshwater ecosystems
      (e.g. eutrophication)
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Assessment

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The dates indicated for assessment procedures will normally be adhered to. Any changes to the dates will be made in consultation with the class at least one week prior to the original date. Individuals handing in work late must gain approval from the appropriate lecturer otherwise they will be penalised at 5 % per day.

Because we take issues relating to academic honesty and plagiarism seriously, we expect students in this paper to submit all major pieces of internal assessment (i.e. field trip reports) in hard copy and via Turnitin (accessed through Moodle), a programme that identifies similarities between an individual's work and the papers, books and websites in the Turnitin database. Turnitin results may show where students need extra learning support, as well as sometimes providing the evidence for any disciplinary action. A hard copy of all assignments must also be deposited at the locations described below.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. On-line quizz
15 Mar 2019
11:30 PM
2
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Lakes report
3 May 2019
4:30 PM
12
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
3. Test 1
5 Apr 2019
9:00 AM
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
4. Test 2
16 May 2019
1:00 PM
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
5. Plankton lab
1 Apr 2019
4:30 PM
4
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
6. Streams report
31 May 2019
4:30 PM
12
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
7. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Moss 1998. Ecology of freshwaters, 3rd edition. Blackwell Science, London.
Wetzel, R.G. 2001. Limnology: Lake and river ecosystems. 3rd edition. Academic Press, San Diego.
Harding, J., P. Mosley, C. Pearson and B. Sorrell (eds), 2004. Freshwaters of New Zealand, NZ Hydrological Society/NZ Limnological Society, Caxton Press, Christchurch.
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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access pdfs of lecture notes and Powerpoint presentations, lecture recordings, and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.
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Workload

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150 hours comprising 47 contact hours (24 lectures, 3 tutorials, 4 labs/workshops (12 hours), 2 field trips of about 6 hours duration) and 103 non-contact hours, which includes 50 hours for preparation of lab and workshop reports.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is linked to BIOEB303 Terrestrial ecology and BIOEB303 Marine ecology.
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisites: BIOEB202, BIOL212 or New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 6)

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Restricted papers: BIOL313

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