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Unit description

Provides an understanding of the structure and function of freshwater aquatic ecosystems and emphasises the need for their careful management. The importance of water as the medium for abiotic and biotic components is discussed in context with human influence on aquatic ecosystems.

Unit content

  1. Water and the aquatic environment
  2. Wetland hydrology
  3. Wetland chemistry
  4. Wetland biology
  5. Wetland habitats
  6. Ecosystem functions of wetlands
  7. Constructed wetlands
  8. Management of wetlands.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Practical session 4 hours (11 weeks)
Exam: closed book25%


Teaching method
Residential session 3 days (1 week)
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Exam: closed book25%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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