EVST13014 - Freshwater and Marine Systems
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit builds on Botany of Aquatic Environments and Invertebrate Zoology and focuses on aquatic ecology with an emphasis on freshwater systems. You will develop an understanding of Australian freshwater systems and their community and ecosystem dynamics. You will consider the management of freshwater systems and you will develop the skills needed for studying these systems through field and laboratory work.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites:

BOTN12010 or ZOOL12009

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. In-class Test(s) 10%
3. Presentation 10%
4. Examination 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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The students were generally very happy with the course as evidenced by the 4.9 out of 5 for overall satisfaction and 82% response rate. Some student comments: "everything about this course was great", "I really enjoyed the practical component - I could see the applicability to a future career", "Leo is also very good at explaining things - especially chemistry!" There was a suggestion to have a Blackboard collaborate session for exam revision and for more copies of the new textbook in the library. Course Evaluation on Moodle Consider having a Blackboard collaborate session on exam review. Contact library for them to get more copies of the textbook.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the classification and features of aquatic habitats (including streams, lakes, estuaries and oceans).
  2. Explain stratification and mixing processes and how they impact on the chemical composition of waters including nutrient cycles and gases.
  3. Discuss the ecology of the major components of aquatic biota, the relationships between them and the management of freshwater systems.
  4. Use standard methods to sample abiotic and biotic components of aquatic systems, analyse the data obtained, and interpret and communicate the results.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - In-class Test(s)    
3 - Presentation  
4 - Examination

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving    
3. Critical Thinking    
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work
6. Information Technology Competence  
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - In-class Test(s)        
3 - Presentation      
4 - Examination              

Prescribed Textbooks

Australian Freshwater Ecology: Processes and Management
Author/s: Boulton, A.J., Brock, M.A.,Robson, B.J., Ryder, D.S., Chambers, J.M. and Davis, J.A. Year: 2014
Edition: 2nd Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
City: Chichester State: West Sussex
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorLeo Duivenvoorden (l.duivenvoorden@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Study Guide Topics 1 and 2 Introduction and light

Boulton et al. 2014 pp. 13-15, 27-36, 97-99 and scan/overview of Chapters 9, 10 and 11 for issues

Boulton et al. 2014 pp. 21-30

Week 2 13-03-2017

Study Guide Topics 2 Stratification and dissolved and suspended solids and start of Topic 3 Gases and nutrients

Boulton et al. 2014 pp.21-30

Boulton et al. 2014 pp. 45-52

Week 3 20-03-2017

Study Guide Topic 3 Gases and nutrients and Topic 4 Nutrients, microbiology and algae

Boulton et al. 2014 pp. 37-40, 41-44, Figure 3.16

Boulton et al. 2014 pp. 50-51, 53-55, 55-58, 58-60

Boulton et al. 2014 pp. 80-81, 154-157, 271, 71-73, 76, 146, 255-256

Week 4 27-03-2017

Study Guide Topic 5 Aquatic macrophytes

Boulton et al. 2014 pp. 74-77, 144-146, 39, 44, 54, 65, 75, 77-78, 84-85, 129, 159-160, 253-258, 283, 293-295

Residential School Thurs 30 March to Sun 2 April

The in-class test will be held towards the end of the residential school.

Presentation Due Monday (27 Mar 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017

Study Guide Topics 6 and 7 Eutrophication and Freshwater macroscopic benthic animals

Boulton et al. 2014 pp. 253-258, 283, 293-295

Boulton et al. 2014 pp. 81-84, 146-150, 154-158

Boulton et al. 2014 pp. 160-162, 164-168


Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017
Week 7 24-04-2017

Study Guide Topic 7 Freshwater macroscopic benthic animals

Study Guide Topic 8 Biotic Indices and monitoring programmes

Boulton et al. 2014 pp. 160-162, 164-168

Boulton et al. 2014 pp. 275-277

Week 8 01-05-2017

Study Guide Topic 9 Zooplankton

Boulton et al. 2014 pp. 82, 86-88 and 147-148

Scientific paper on field trip Due Monday (01 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Study Guide Topics 10 and 11 Nekton and basic ecotoxicology

Boulton et al. 2014 pp. 40 (Box 3.1), 64-66, Figure 4.2, 150-151, 152-154, 157, 167, 224, 226-227, 269-273

Week 10 15-05-2017

Study Guide Topic 12 Acid mine drainage and trace metals

Reading 2-13, 2-16, 2-17 Resource materials

Week 11 22-05-2017

Study Guide Topic 13 Pesticides

Boulton et al. 2014 pp. 269-273

Week 12 29-05-2017

Study Guide Topics 14 and 15 Ecosystem dynamics and freshwater management

Boulton et al. 2014 pp. 66-70, 80, 86-88,142, Figure 4-13, Box 4.4

Boulton et al. 2014 pp. 200, 221-226, Chapter 11

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Scientific paper on field trip
Task Description

This assessment item will be a report of the field trip carried out during residential school in the form of a scientific paper (maximum 2000 words). Details of what is required will be available on the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Monday (01-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Monday (15-May-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria include:

  • Ability to write concisely and clearly
  • Presentation of logical arguments supported by evidence
  • Correct use of terminology
  • Appropriate data presentation and analysis
  • Correct referencing of material including tables, figures and literature
  • Ability to link together information from all of the physical, chemical and biological parameters to accurately describe the functioning of the aquatic system

Please note that penalties will apply for essays that do not meet the required word limit (within 10% over and 10% under the limit). The word limit includes words in tables but not those in the reference list. This penalty will be 5% for every 100 words outside this range. Late assignments will lose marks as per the university policy – 5% per calendar day late.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 30%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Assignments must be submitted as either *.doc or *.docx or *.rtf files via Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the classification and features of aquatic habitats (including streams, lakes, estuaries and oceans).

2. Explain stratification and mixing processes and how they impact on the chemical composition of waters including nutrient cycles and gases.

3. Discuss the ecology of the major components of aquatic biota, the relationships between them and the management of freshwater systems.

4. Use standard methods to sample abiotic and biotic components of aquatic systems, analyse the data obtained, and interpret and communicate the results.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work



2 In-class Test(s)

Assessment Title In-class Test
Task Description

This short (approximately 20 minute) test will assess your knowledge of information presented in topics 1 to 3 - Chapter 1 of the study guide (Aquatic habitats and abiotic features of aquatic systems) and Chapter 2 Topic 4 (Microbiology and algae). The test will consist of two or three short answer questions with answers to be written on the single A4 page provided at the time of the test.

Assessment Due Date The in-class test will be held towards the end of the residential school.
Return Date to Students Week 6 Tuesday (18-Apr-2017)
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Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria will include accuracy and completeness of answers to questions.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 30%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Hard copy

Students must submit a hard copy at the residential school

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the classification and features of aquatic habitats (including streams, lakes, estuaries and oceans).

4. Use standard methods to sample abiotic and biotic components of aquatic systems, analyse the data obtained, and interpret and communicate the results.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



3 Presentation

Assessment Title Presentation
Task Description

Prepare and present a 10 minute Powerpoint presentation on a topic of your own choice in the area of aquatic pollution or management of aquatic resources.

To avoid more than one student doing the same topic, nominate the title of your presentation on the discussion forum on Moodle for approval by the start of week 3.

Presentations are to be submitted electronically via Moodle by the Monday prior to the residential school.

You will be required to deliver the presentation towards the end of the residential school.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Monday (27-Mar-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Powerpoint slides only
Return Date to Students Week 7 Monday (24-Apr-2017)
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Your presentation will be assessed on :

  • Accuracy and relevance of information
  • Clarity and conciseness of presentation slides and delivery
  • Adherence to time limit

In assessing your Powerpoint presentation, I will be looking for evidence of your knowledge of the biology and ecology of the pollution/management problem and for your ability to present information clearly and concisely. Students who take less than ten (10) minutes and more than 11 minutes to present their talk may be penalised. The key to successful presentations is adequate preparation. Please contact me if you need further information or advice in this area. It is recommended that you choose your topic early in the term and you must then put the title on the course Moodle discussion forum to ensure there is not too much overlap between students in the topics that will be presented. I will check the forum to ensure there is no overlap between seminar topics. So the earlier you put your topic on the discussion forum, the greater your chance that you can get that topic!

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 30%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Please submit your presentation in Powerpoint form (*.pptx) via Moodle. Presentations will be delivered on the last day of residential school.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the classification and features of aquatic habitats (including streams, lakes, estuaries and oceans).

2. Explain stratification and mixing processes and how they impact on the chemical composition of waters including nutrient cycles and gases.

3. Discuss the ecology of the major components of aquatic biota, the relationships between them and the management of freshwater systems.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 60%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 45%
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the classification and features of aquatic habitats (including streams, lakes, estuaries and oceans).

2. Explain stratification and mixing processes and how they impact on the chemical composition of waters including nutrient cycles and gases.

3. Discuss the ecology of the major components of aquatic biota, the relationships between them and the management of freshwater systems.

4. Use standard methods to sample abiotic and biotic components of aquatic systems, analyse the data obtained, and interpret and communicate the results.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication


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