The unit Wetland Ecosystems provides an understanding of the structure, functioning and importance of aquatic ecosystems in freshwater environments and emphasises the need for their careful management. The importance of water as the medium for abiotic and biotic components needs to be recognised in order to understand the effects of human influence on aquatic ecosystems. This unit includes a Masters Tutorial component in which students critically analyse advanced issues in this field.
The following topics will be discussed:
- the aquatic environment
- wetland hydrology
- wetland chemistry
- wetland biology
- wetland habitats
- human use and conservation of wetland ecosystems
- management of wetland ecosystems.
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||explain the major physical, chemical and biological characteristics of wetland ecosystems including natural, artificial and disturbed systems||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|2||apply understanding of the above to evaluate wetland ecosystem status||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|3||investigate human impacts upon wetland ecosystems and relate to management issues||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||demonstrate research and collaborative team work skills in the field||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|5||develop concise and accurate reports on wetland ecosystems that integrate field data and conceptual knowledge, and contribute to the rational management of aquatic resources||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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