Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • describe key components of freshwater ecosystems
  • describe relevant theory for physical, chemical and biological processes in freshwater ecosystems
  • describe the dominant anthropogenic types of pollution affecting freshwater ecosystems
  • differentiate between major types of streams, rivers, wetlands and lakes
  • explain lake and river ecosystem dependence on light, temperature, nutrients and organic matter
  • describe primary production, vegetation, plankton, respiration and re-oxidation in freshwater ecosystems
  • describe important organic and inorganic pollutants and pollution effects in freshwater ecosystems
  • describe effects of global change on freshwater ecosystems
  • account for running waters, wetlands and lake restoration methods


  • evaluate ecology quality of freshwater systems using biological indicesĀ 
  • determine the significance of hydraulic conditions on chemical and biological dynamics in lakes and rivers
  • analyze oxygen dynamics in freshwater environments
  • analyze impacts of pollution on biotic communities


  • evaluate the quality of freshwater ecosystems in relation to nutrient dynamics and organic matter cycling
  • evaluate how to prevent and alleviate anthropogenic perturbations in freshwater ecosystems

Type of instruction

  • Lectures

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examLimnologi
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleLimnologi
Module codeK-BIO-B6-16A
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science