Limnology

2022/2023

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives

Knowledge

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

Skills

  • 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

Competences

  • 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

Exam

Exams

Name of examLimnologi
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
ECTS5
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
SemesterSpring
ECTS5
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module

Organisation

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