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2021 unit offering information will be available in September 2020

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe the major physical, chemical and biological characteristics of wetland ecosystems including natural, artificial and disturbed systemsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
2discuss human impacts upon wetland ecosystems and related management issuesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3demonstrate research skills in the fieldIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
4prepare concise and accurate reports on wetland ecosystems and contribute to the rational management of aquatic resourcesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the major physical, chemical and biological characteristics of wetland ecosystems including natural, artificial and disturbed systems
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. discuss human impacts upon wetland ecosystems and related management issues
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. demonstrate research skills in the field
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. prepare concise and accurate reports on wetland ecosystems and contribute to the rational management of aquatic resources
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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International

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